Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 5:33 PM ET) – Frank Broccolo Over the last 25 years, state legislatures in well over half the states have passed statutes aimed at halting lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits). These statutes come in all shapes and sizes, taking aim at the SLAPP problem with varying degrees of precision. California was among the first states to pass...read more
Though she prevailed in her January “Twibel” case, Courtney Love wasn’t so fortunate in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday. On February 20, Judge Michael L. Stern denied her anti-SLAPP motion to strike a libel lawsuit filed against her by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir who, in 2011, settled a
On Friday Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Andrew Hurwitz issued an opinion in Obsidian Finance Group, LLC. v. Cox. His opening line was as follows: “This case requires us to address a question of first impression: What First Amendment protections are afforded a blogger sued for defamation?” This important new decision involved a blog post by blogger Crystal Cox, in which she accused a financial firm and its bankruptcy trustee of tax...read more
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has sided with six Boulder City residents who argued the city targeted them for lawsuits after they circulated several initiative petitions in 2010.
A lawyer and former city councilwoman said Tuesday the city could be on the hook for $100,000 in attorney fees and costs just to the six who argued they were victimized by strategic lawsuit against public participation, or SLAPP, lawsuits.
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A court ruling forcing Yelp to disclose the identities of several anonymous critics is getting bad reviews from free-speech advocates. A Virginia appeals court ordered the San Francisco site to identify those responsible for seven negative reviews of a carpet cleaning company, citing a state statute that allows courts to unmask those behind online avatars if there is “legitimate, good-faith” belief they violated the law. Legal experts say that Virginia has a lower standard for outing internet users than other states including...read more