U.S. needs an anti-SLAPP law like California’s

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

It’s a sadly familiar sight in courthouses around the country: A deep-pocketed corporation, developer or government official files a lawsuit whose real purpose is to silence a critic, punish a whistleblower or win a commercial dispute. That’s why California enacted a law in 1992 to give people a preemptive legal strike against frivolous lawsuits that seek to muzzle them on public issues. This sort of safeguard doesn’t exist in almost two dozen other states or in federal law, unfortunately, but a group of tech-friendly...

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SLO lawyer sues former client over online reviews

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Was your dinner served cold or undercooked? Was the waitress rude? Did the mechanic who fixed your car overcharge you? These days, letting the whole world know about your dissatisfaction with a business is as easy as jumping on a laptop or smartphone and leaving a scathing review. But can such reviews cross the legal line? A local divorce attorney is alleging exactly that in recently filed lawsuit, claiming that a former client of his took to Internet review sites to defame him. R. Morgan Holland, a family law and bankruptcy attorney who...

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James Woods sues Twitter troll for calling him ‘cocaine addict’

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

PPP Board Member, Eric Goldman, and PPP Policy Director, Evan Mascagni, were recently quoted in an article highlighting James Woods’ $10 million lawsuit against a Twitter user.  Read the full article from Stephen Loiaconi at KUTV here: 

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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...

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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...

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