Grade: B

Illinois has a good anti-SLAPP law, the Citizen Participation Act.

Jurisdiction Statute or Case Law? Any Forum? Any Public Issue? Mandatory Attorney Fees/Costs? Additional Burden? Amendment After Grant? Amendment While Pending? Immediate Appeal?
Illinois 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 110/15 (2011) Y Y Y ? ? Y

735 ILL. COMP. STAT. 110/1 – 110/99 (2007)

Acts in furtherance of constitutional rights to petition, speech, association, and participation in government, except when not aimed at procuring favorable government outcome, are immunized from civil liability. For more information about Illinois’ law, please see SLAPPed in Illinois: The Scope and Applicability of the Citizen Participation Act , by Mark J. Sobczak (available via the Northern Illinois University Law Review).

SB 2722 (Libel Tourism Legislation. See Section b-5 for pertinent language)

This libel tourism legislation allows a court to exercise jurisdiction over an individual, or entity, that has secured a foreign defamation judgment against an Illinois citizen to ascertain whether the judgment should be recognized or to issue declaratory relief.  Governor Rod Blagojevich signed SB 2722 into law on 08/19/08.

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