Pa. Senate Passes Anti-SLAPP Measure

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Law360, Philadelphia (July 1, 2015, 3:14 PM ET) — The Pennsylvania Senate threw its overwhelming support on Tuesday to legislation that would authorize monetary penalties for plaintiffs found to have filed so-called strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP suits, designed to stifle criticism against businesses and developers. Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, said that the legislation he sponsored would not only require courts to quickly hold hearings to determine a potential SLAPP suit’s legitimacy but also...

read more

Florida’s broader anti-SLAPP law effective July 1, 2015

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Effective July 1, 2015, Florida will have broader prohibitions against SLAPP suits, or “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” Many states have enacted anti-SLAPP laws to prevent companies and government entities from filing frivolous lawsuits against their critics. For example, when a citizen or consumer posts a negative comment about a governmental program or a company’s services, the entity subject to the criticism may choose to file a defamation or infringement lawsuit against the individual who posted the comment. Such...

read more

Nutty Trollish Guy On The Internet Files Nutty Trollish Defamation Lawsuit In Random State

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Okay, look. We’ve really tried to ignore Chuck Johnson. It’s pretty obvious that he’s the kind of guy who does a bunch of the stuff that he does to get more attention. We’ve never covered his various hilarious legal threats, though you can see a bunch of them nicely cataloged at this website. If you’re not aware, you can do some Google searches, but suffice it to say that he plays a “journalist” on the internet, and he’s somewhat infamous...

read more

PPP Joins 33 Other Organizations in Letter Urging Congress to Enact SPEAK FREE Act

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

This morning, the Public Participation Project joined 33 other organizations in sending a letter to Chariman Goodlatte, Ranking Members Conyers, Chairman Franks, and Ranking Member Cohen in the House of Representatives, urging them to advance the bipartisan SPEAK FREE Act as swiftly as possible. Here is a link to the letter and below is a list...

read more

Washington State Says Its Anti-SLAPP Law Is Unconstitutional

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

For years, we’ve talked about the importance of anti-SLAPP laws that help quickly toss out lawsuits whose sole purpose are to silence critics. A key point that we’ve made is the need for afederal anti-SLAPP law, because until then, we’re at the mercy of a patchwork of state laws. Some states have no anti-SLAPP law. Some have weak...

read more