In a matter that will have sweeping freedom-of-speech ramifications, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a crucial hearing on Tuesday on a bill that will bar the prosecution of individuals or organizations for making statements on public issues. The bill will address the merits of so-called SLAPP – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation – suits. The public hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. today in the 11th floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Those participating in or...read more
The state Court of Appeals has affirmed an Olympia judge’s ruling that a lawsuit seeking to end the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli goods was an illegal “strategic lawsuit against public participation” or SLAPP lawsuit. Read more from the Olympian here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/04/07/3074875/appeals-court-upholds-olympia.html?sp=/99/101/#storylink=cpyread more
Federal anti-SLAPP legislation supporter Mike Masnick at techdirt wrote about two potential SLAPPs last week. Both show the need for federal anti-SLAPP legislation, as Ohio does not have an anti-SLAPP law and New York’s anti-SLAPP law is notoriously weak. Read more from techdirt here:
1) Property Management Company Filed $1 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Critic and Former Tenant:
Agreeing with a trial court that statements made by a Texas law firm on a website seeking legal clients are commercial speech, a federal appeals court has ruled that the firm and two partners must defend a defamation claim made by a national dental firm that was an intended litigation target. Mauze & Bagby argued that the defamation claim should be considered a strategic lawsuit against public participation, and thus dismissed under the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act, the state’s anti-SLAPP law. However, a commercial speech...read more
A lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that a hearing to address his proposed anti-SLAPP legislation would take place this spring.
State Sen. Larry Farnese, a Democrat from Philadelphia, stated that the Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a public hearing on April 24 at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Market Street headquarters in downtown Philadelphia to address his proposed measure to cut down on SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.
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