PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni was recently interviewed for an article on how a Canadian anti-SLAPP law could help survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.Read More
In a case involving allegations of (inter alia) sexual harassment, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendant’s counterclaims for, e.g., defamation.Read More
There are many reasons for women to think twice about reporting sexual assault. But one potential consequence looms especially large: They may also be prosecuted.Read More
PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni published an Op-Ed in Ohio that ran in several newspapers across the state advocating for anti-SLAPP legislation in Ohio. The Op-Ed is published in full below.
Immediately following a report by the New York Times that he allegedly sexually assaulted numerous women throughout his career, Harvey Weinstein threatened to sue the Times for defamation. For First Amendment legal scholars, this comes as no surprise. There’s a long history of powerful bullies attempting to use the legal system to silence their critics.Read More
A comedian was served an eye-popping $38 million defamation lawsuit by a fellow comedian after she’d referred to him as a “rapist” on social media.Read More
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a Portland man's defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault. The panel ruled that Oregon's anti-SLAPP law applied, and the man did not meet a minimum burden of proof for his allegations.Read More
A priest formerly based in Los Angeles sued a woman who accused him of molesting her as a young girl.Read More