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How libel chill is quashing negative online reviews

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

The aggressive action taken by some businesses against those who post negative reviews online about their product or service is having a chilling effect on some reviewers who fear being sued, observers say. “It’s a tremendous issue. We’re running into that all over. It’s cheap to threaten and expensive to defend,” said Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer who specializes in free speech issues related to the internet for the Washington, D.C.- based Public Citizen Litigation Group. “So yes, many people become very quiet...

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PPP on ABC Nightline Story on Yelp Reviews

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni was recently featured on an ABC News Nightlight story discussing lawsuits filed by business owners over bad Yelp reviews.  You can watch that story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/nightline-beverly-hills-dentist-sues-bad-yelp-review-26119684

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Congress May Crack Down On Businesses’ Efforts To Ban Consumer Reviews

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

PPP Board Member Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute and law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, had a piece published on Forbes’ website discussing the new federal bill that was introduced in Congress to strengthen consumer free speech rights online.  Read the full article here: read more

PPP on Techdirt: Bill Introduced To Strengthen First Amendment Rights Online

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 2 comments

Evan Mascagni, PPP’s Policy Director, recently wrote for Techdirt about a new federal bill that was introduced in Congress to strengthen consumer free speech rights online.  Read the post here: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140916/16161328539/federal-legislation-introduced-to-strengthen-consumer-free-speech-rights-online.shtml

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2015 SXSW Panel: Commercial Threats to Freedom of Speech Online

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 1 comment

PPP will hopefully be participating in an interactive panel at SXSW in 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Check out the panel, where you can also vote to make it a reality here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/37663 

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