Laura Lee Prather, PPP Board member and partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, recently co-authored a piece on state anti-SLAPP laws for Law 360. Read that article here: http://www.law360.com/articles/555570/a-victory-for-state-anti-slapp-lawsread more
SAN FRANCISCO — It will take more than an anti-SLAPP motion to bring down a suit filed against John Travolta by the movie star’s former pilot, the Second District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday. Douglas Gotterba also claims he was Travolta’s lover and, according to Tuesday’s ruling, planned to publish a tell-all book. Gotterba filed a declaratory judgment action after receiving threatening letters from Travolta’s attorney, Los Angeles-based lawyer-to-the-stars Martin Singer. The suit seeks a court order as to the...read more
Evan Mascagni, PPP’s Policy Director, was recently interviewed for a story on consumer reviews on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer. The text from that segment can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2014/06/what-to-consider-before-you-post-a-review-to-a-consumer-rating-website/ For the video, go to read more
A quick update on the international free speech front:
Rejecting government fears of a “crime-friendly Internet,” the Supreme Court of Canada said anonymity is vital to personal privacy in the digital era. It told police they need a judge’s permission before asking Internet providers for basic information that would identify their customers – such as a suspected child pornographer at the heart of a 2007 Saskatchewan investigation.
Read the full article from The Globe and Mail here:
Laura Lee Prather, PPP Board member and partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, was the lead attorney for defendants in Williams v. Cordillera Communications, Inc., a defamation suit brought in the Southern District of Texas. Prather told PPP that the case “is significant because it is the first square application of the Texas anti-SLAPP statute in federal court.” The case presented a head on challenge to the applicability of the Texas anti-SLAPP statute in federal court as conflicting with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12 and 56. ...read more