We Need Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation, But Sen. Kyl’s “Free Press Act of 2012” Isn’t the Answer (Yet)
PPP Board Member Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute and law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, had a piece published on Forbes’ website today discussing The Free Press Act of 2012.
“It’s a sad but all-too-common story nowadays. A consumer posts a negative online review about a business. Angered by the negative feedback, and fearful of the lost business, the business threatens the consumer with a lawsuit. Recognizing the overwhelming cost of defending a lawsuit (plus the risk of a financially ruinous adverse judgment), the consumer backs down and removes the review. This unfortunate interaction, played out many times every day all across America, deprives society of truthful negative speech–among the most socially valuable, yet most imperiled, type of speech.”