Since the introduction of the SPEAK FREE Act of 2015 in May, momentum has been building to enact this important legislation. The bill now has more than 30 co-sponsors in the House and there was a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on June 22, 2016. You can view that hearing here. Here is just some of the coverage that the Speak...read more
PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni was recently quoted in a Politico article about SLAPPs and Donald Trump: Trump’s litigiousness has extended into the presidential campaign. In November, following reports of a $2.5 million pro-Kasich super PAC investment in anti-Trump ads, Trump tweeted: “I will sue him just for fun! In some cases, he has...read more
A substantial bipartisan effort is underway to enact anti-SLAPP protections.
By Michael Arria / AlterNet
May 18, 2016
Currently 28 states have some kind of anti-SLAPP statutory protection. SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, which refers to litigation intended to silence critics by sticking them with the need for an exorbitant legal defense. Think of the Church of Scientology’s
PPP Board Member Laura Prather recently published a piece for Lexology about the need for federal anti-SLAPP legislation. “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (otherwise known as “SLAPP” suits) are more prevalent than ever given the ease of communication and multitude of platforms available for getting messages out. They are gaining even more notoriety in the presidential election since candidate Donald Trump vowed to “open up” the current libel laws to further protect him from facing public criticism. The irony is,...read more
PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni was recently quoted in an article about SLAPPs and the SPEAK FREE Act by Gene Policinski. The proposed law would allow defendants to transfer lawsuits from state to federal courts, particularly valuable in 22 states that do not have an anti-SLAPP law or in those with weak protection. Farenthold said the law also will provide a means in federal court to quickly resolve a SLAPP lawsuit “before the legal fees run up.” The combination of breadth and speed has appeal on both Democratic and Republican sides of...read more