President Obama signs the Consumer Review Fairness Act into law

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

The statute prevents companies from punishing customers for poor reviews. President Obama signed a number of bills into law on Thursday, most notably H.R. 5111, the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016”. The legislation, which passed both houses of congress at the start of December, “makes certain clauses of a form contract void if it prohibits, or restricts, an individual from...

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Big Olive Oil Accuses Dr. Oz Of Disparagement

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

The “Dr. Oz effect” usually refers to the popular talk show host’s ability to turn unproven “miracle cures” and weight loss fads into instant successes, but fortunes can swing the other way when the Great and Doctorful Oz says not-nice things about a product. The North American Olive Oil Association filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta against Dr. Mehmet Oz, claiming that the TV personality made disparaging statements about the quality and purity of its members’ products on his talk show, read more

Bill Outlawing “Gag Clauses” That Punish Customers For Writing Negative Reviews Goes To President

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

After more than a year of waiting, Congress has finally okayed a piece of legislation that, if signed by the president, will stop companies from using so-called “non-disparagement” or “gag” clauses to prevent or discourage customers from writing honest reviews. The Consumer Review Freedom Act gives the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general the authority to take enforcement actions against businesses that attempt to step on customers’ First Amendment rights by requiring that they sign a non-disparagement...

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The Hill: There is still time for President Obama, Congress to protect consumers

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

BY BRAD YOUNG AND LAURENT CRENSHAW – 11/16/16 11:25 AM EST Americans recently made their voices heard by electing a new president and Congress. Whether your candidate was elected or not, open, free and transparent elections are what make our democratic system function so smoothly. Another core principle of our democracy is the freedom to express an opinion without the threat of retaliation. Congress has an opportunity to fortify that right in the coming weeks through two pending pieces of “free expression” legislation. Before...

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Why we need federal anti-SLAPP

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Donald Trump has promised that if he becomes president, he’s going to “open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece we can sue them and win money.” To date, he’salready filed six libel suits. Highlights include his recent suit against Timothy O’Brien, author of “ read more