Resources

Your State’s Free Speech Protection

Information and Commentary about SLAPPs

1. The California Anti-SLAPP Project website provides comprehensive information about the California anti-SLAPP law and fighting SLAPPs in California.

2. The Center for Media and Democracy PR Watch’s SLAPP Happy: Corporations that Sue to Shut You Up page is a good introduction to SLAPPs.

3. The Citizen Media Law Project provides excellent resources on a variety of legal topics. See its SLAPP page for more information on state anti-SLAPP laws.

4. Cyberslapp.org is dedicated to fighting SLAPPs that occur as a result of speech conducted over the Internet. See the site for detailed information and resources.

5. The Electronic Frontier Foundation works at the intersection of technology and civil liberties, defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights.

6. FoodSpeak, a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and a coalition of three dozen public interest organizations, highlights the problem of SLAPPs against those who speak out on issues of food safety.

7. The Media Law Resource Center has compiled this excellent list of lawsuits brought on the basis of Internet speech.

8. This short article, written by Professor Donella Meadows about ten years ago, succinctly explains SLAPPs, and the chilling effect such suits have on important communication.

Information about the Courts

1. Courthouse News Service provides daily comprehensive reports on new appellate rulings, new legislation and new civil cases from the federal and state courts with the most prolific and weighty litigation.

Other First Amendment Resources

1. The First Amendment Coalition provides up to date commentary on First Amendment happenings.

2. The American Civil Liberties Union also provides information, in addition to resources on litigating First Amendment claims.

3. Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, a collaboration of a number of First Amendment-focused organizations, informs readers of their First Amendment rights in the context of intellectual property law.

4. The Berkman Center for Internet and Technology at Harvard University focuses on the development, dynamics, norms, and standards of cyberspace.

5. The Stanford Center for Internet and Society provides information about the intersection of law and technology, with a focus on First Amendment issues.

6. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press provides First Amendment news as related to a free and functioning press.

7. The Center for Democracy and Technology is dedicated to keeping the Internet open, innovative and free, and provides information on the intersection of the First Amendment with a host of internet issues.

9. Attorney Steven P. Aggergaard’s Media Law in Minnesota blog has this great question-and-answer in lay terms about the First Amendment.

10. The News Room Law Blog has interesting analysis of SLAPPs, along with a lot of information about many legal issues affecting the media.

11. The Center for Competitive Politics promotes and defends citizens’ First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition.