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Court agrees that Google’s search results qualify as free speech

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

The regulation of Google’s search results has come up from time to time over the past decade, and although the idea has gained some traction in Europe (most recently with “right to be forgotten” laws), courts and regulatory bodies in the US have generally agreed that Google’s search results are considered free speech. That consensus was upheld last Thursday, when a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Google’s...

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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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