SLAPP Stories

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs, are brought not to vindicate legal rights, but to harass and intimidate, and to divert attention and resources from the underlying consumer issue.  Such lawsuits turn the justice system into a weapon, and have a serious chilling effect on the free speech that is so vital to the public interest.  The lawsuits also cost media organizations thousands of dollars.  Even a meritless suit can drag on for months – sometimes even years – and tactics such as aggressive discovery can pile on the costs.

The best protection against SLAPPs is a method to quickly dismiss suits that arise from protected speech – and the ability to recover the fees, costs and damages incurred in defending the meritless suit.  Only about half the states have enacted legislation to protect against SLAPPs, but these vary in their strength and breadth.  Moreover, there is no federal anti-SLAPP protection. This is why federal anti-SLAPP legislation is needed now – it would protect against SLAPPs in all states and at the federal level.

To find out more information about how SLAPPs affect your area of interest or where you live, please see the individual reports below.

SLAPPs Targeting Academia

SLAPPs Against Corporations

SLAPPs Filed Against Attorneys

SLAPP Targeting Non-Profit Organizations

SLAPPs Against Small Business Owners

SLAPPs Targeting Civil Rights Advocates

SLAPPs Against Organizations Fighting to Improve and Protect Their Communities

SLAPPs Against Consumers

SLAPPs Filed to Silence Individuals Fighting to Protect the Environment

SLAPPs Filed to Silence Individuals Fighting Government Abuse and Corruption

SLAPPs Targeting Internet Speech

SLAPPs Targeting Advocates Fighting for the Rights of American Workers

SLAPPs Against the Press and Media

SLAPPs Clogging Our Civil Justice System

SLAPPs in Your State

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