2014: A Busy Year For Anti-SLAPP Litigation And Legislation

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Laura Lee Prather, PPP Board member and partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, recently co-authored a piece looking back at anti-SLAPP developments across the country in 2014.  Read the post from Law 360 here:

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Ohio should stop lawsuits that target free speech

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

Benjamin J. Marrison of the Columbus Dispatch recently wrote a column advocating for anti-SLAPP legislation in Ohio. “One of the things readers tell us they value most about The Dispatchis our commitment to watchdog, investigative reporting. We have intelligent, savvy readers. Based on feedback over the years, it’s clear you appreciate the difficulty of watchdog journalism because you understand the time commitment it requires to dig deep into a subject and the blowback we get from those who are the subjects of our investigative...

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Here Are The Companies That Want To Charge You $2,500-$100,000 For Negative Reviews

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

From our friends at Techdirt: Geek gadget also-ran KlearGear gained internet infamy thanks to the following paragraph tucked away on its “Terms of Sale and Use” page: In an effort to ensure fair and honest public feedback, and to prevent the publishing of libelous content in any form, your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you from taking any...

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TX Case of First Impression Involves Fracking, Defamation Claims and Anti-SLAPP Law

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Recent SLAPP News | 0 comments

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Dec. 4 in a case of the first impression pitting Fort Worth-based natural gas drilling company Range Resources Corp. and its subsidiary against fracking opponents. The companies allege the fracking opponents defamed them through statements and release of a video to the media showing a hose spewing water that was on fire. The fracking opponents sought to have the Range Resources plaintiffs’ defamation claims dismissed based on the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act, also know Texas’...

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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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