Techdirt: California's Anti-SLAPP Law Saves Another News Publication From Bogus Lawsuit
Connecticut Lawmakers Drop Anti-SLAPP, Libel Tourism Bills On The Governor's Desk
Mike Masnick at Techdirt reminds us of the need for strong anti-SLAPP laws. "They help get rid of frivolous, censorious cases quickly, and they make the plaintiff pay the legal fees of the defendant (which also helps to deter other such frivolous cases)."
Frivolous Defamation Suits vs. Online Reviews – Gagged by the Law(yers)?
Tim Cushing at Techdirt offers an analysis of CT's new anti-SLAPP law, which was recently unanimously passed by legislators and is headed to the governor's desk.
Truthout: Trump's Threat to Libel Law: How the President Seeks to Silence Critics
PPP Board Member and Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman recently participated in a panel on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee called "Frivolous Defamation Suits vs. Online Reviews – Gagged by the Law(yers)?".
CASP: California Supreme Court Reins in Abuse of Anti-SLAPP Law
PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni was recently quoted in a Truthout article about Donald Trump's threat to libel law.
PA Senate passes anti-SLAPP legislation
PPP Board President Mark Goldowitz recently blogged about a new California Supreme Court decision that reins in abuse of the anti-SLAPP law by government entities.
How Should a Lawyer Respond to a Yelp Review Calling Him “Worst. Ever.”?–Spencer v. Glover
The Pennsylvania Senate passed state anti-SLAPP legislation by a vote of 42-8 on April 25, 2017. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support for this important legislation,” prime sponsor Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said. “As a lawyer, I will be the first to admit that in many circumstances, lawsuits are necessary. But we must take action to prevent litigation that only exists to harass and intimidate.”
Dozen Amicus Briefs Oppose the Worst Section 230 Ruling of 2016 (and One Supports It)–Hassell v. Bird
PPP Board Member Professor Eric Goldman recently posted on his Technology & Marketing Law Blog about a case out of Utah dealing with a Yelp review of an attorney there.
2017 California SLAPP Update
PPP Board Member Professor Eric Goldman recently posted on his Technology & Marketing Law Blog about the amicus briefs recently filed in an important First Amendment case before the California Supreme Court.
Delaware's Anti-SLAPP Statute Limited to Land Use Disputes
PPP Board Vice President Jeremy Rosen recently co-authored an article on California's anti-SLAPP law for California Lawyer. The article provides an overview of California's anti-SLAPP law and discusses the evolution of the state’s anti-SLAPP jurisprudence.
Green Groups: Suits to Silence Them on the Rise
In a rare case involving resort to a Delaware statute's legislative history, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster held that Delaware's anti-SLAPP statute is to be construed narrowly so as to be applicable only to public petition and participation in land use proceedings, and is not a broad legal protection against defamation claims.
Jeremy Rosen: Does Anti-SLAPP Law Apply To Legal Malpractice Claims?
A new article from Peter Hayes at Bloomberg's Toxic Laws Reporter examines the rise of SLAPPs against environmental organizations and activists.
Good News: Nevada's Strong Anti-SLAPP Law is Constitutional
Board Member Jeremy Rosen co-authored an article on Law360 about California's anti-SLAPP law and legal malpractice. They write:
California’s anti-SLAPP law provides “an efficient procedural mechanism to obtain an early and inexpensive dismissal of nonmeritorious claims ‘arising from any act’ of a defendant ‘in furtherance of the person’s right of petition or free speech under the United States or California Constitution in connection with a public issue.’” (Brenton v. Metabolife International Inc. (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 679, 684.) But this law “is a complex statute” that has “spawned a ‘plethora of appellate litigation.’” (Burke, Anti-SLAPP Litigation (The Rutter Group 2016) § 2.1, p. 2-5.)
Among the issues that have generated the most litigation is whether the anti-SLAPP statute applies to claims alleging legal malpractice or similar breaches of an attorney’s legal or ethical obligations.
Protecting free expression for Virginians: it's common sense
From Mike Masnick at Techdirt: For many, many years we’ve talked about the importance of strong anti-SLAPP laws. In case you’re new to the subject, SLAPP stands for a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. In short, SLAPP suits are lawsuits where it is fairly obvious that the intent of the lawsuits is to stifle free speech, rather than for a legitimate purpose under the law...
Big Olive Oil Accuses Dr. Oz of Disparagement
PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni published an op-ed in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch advocating for anti-SLAPP legislation in Virginia:
“Perhaps no person in the history of American politics has framed the importance of advocating for individual liberties better than Thomas Paine, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers..
The North American Olive Oil Association filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta against Dr. Mehmet Oz, claiming that the TV personality made disparaging statements about the quality and purity of its members’ products on his talk show...