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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 | 0 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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The Brett Kimberlin Saga: A Story Of Wacko Vexatious Lawsuits

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 2 comments

For years we’ve been paying somewhat loose attention to the saga involving Brett Kimberlin and his ongoing lawsuits against bloggers. The story was complex and convoluted from the beginning, and only got more so over time. In fact, it got so confusing that it almost became too difficult to jump into the story mid-stream. On top of that, the “partisan” overtones of many of the folks debating the story (on both sides) made it even more of a farce. When Kimberlin lost one of his lawsuits against some bloggers a few weeks ago, we...

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Online retailer Accessory Outlet demands $250 from consumer just for saying she’ll contact her credit card company

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 1 comment

This time the business is Accessory Outlet, another web-based retailer. Its terms (fine print, as usual) prohibit “any complaint, chargeback, claim, dispute,” or “any public forum post, review, Better Business Bureau complaint, social media post, or any public statement regarding the order,” or threats to take any of these actions, within 90 days of a purchase. Allowing these actions after 90 days is better than never allowing them at all, but it is, of course, within that 90 days that a customer is most likely to want to post about...

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