Maryland has a weak anti-SLAPP law. It was enacted in 2004.
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Communications with a government body or public regarding any matter within the authority of a government body, if made without constitutional malice, are protected.
Maryland SLAPP Stories:
Top officials sued the builder of a housing development, alleging he defamed them by accusing them of anti-Muslim discrimination.
WAMU covered the push for Maryland’s “Right to Yelp” bill. Maryland would have been the second state behind California to provide such protection to reviewers under the state anti-SLAPP law.
A local blogger faced a lawsuit filed by Wicomico County Department of Corrections Director Douglas C. Devenyns.
In Maryland in 2006, a real estate developer brought a defamation lawsuit against an internet newspaper company, Independent Newspapers, Inc. (INI), and three John Doe defendants in state court. The lawsuit arose from statements criticizing the developer for selling his historic home to another developer and accusing him of maintaining a dirty Dunkin’ Donuts establishment.