Want To End The Litigation Epidemic? Create Lawsuit-Free Zones

Apr 12, 13

PPP Board Member Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute and law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, recently wrote an article for Forbes discussing the litigation epidemic in the United States.  Among other solutions, Professor Goldman talks about the need for strong anti-SLAPP laws to address this problem:

Anti-SLAPP laws applicable to lawsuits brought to suppress socially beneficial speech.  Anti-SLAPP laws end those lawsuits quickly and put plaintiffs on the hook for the defendant’s attorneys’ fees.  California has a strong anti-SLAPP law, and it’s dramatically reshaped many litigation areas…

Sanctions for Bogus Claims.  Plaintiffs should internalize the costs of their bad choices.  For example, anti-SLAPP lawsuits make plaintiffs pay defendants for bring anti-social lawsuits.  This risk that the plaintiff will write a check to the defense–for a lawsuit initiated by the plaintiff–raises the strategic stakes for plaintiffs.  It also makes defendants financially whole.

Read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericgoldman/2013/04/10/want-to-end-the-litigation-epidemic-create-lawsuit-free-zones/

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