Last night, John Oliver devoted 26 minutes of his show to explain the importance of anti-SLAPP legislation and PPP’s efforts to fight SLAPPs across the country.Read More
After momentum fizzled the first time around, state Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, re-introduced an Ohio bill meant to curtail frivolous lawsuits that target individuals for practicing protected speech.
Known as the Ohio Citizen Participation Act, the bill would create an expedited legal framework for courts to follow if a SLAPP, or strategic lawsuit against public participation, ends up in civil court.
Huffman, who re-introduced the bill during a Tuesday morning press conference, said the bill’s purpose is to encourage public discussion and discourage the use of lawsuits that effectively stymie conversation by saddling individuals with unfair court procedure. Similar bills have been adopted by 36 other states by both conservative and liberal legislatures.Read More
The South Florida Sun Sentinel did not defy a court order last week when it published confidential information about Nikolas Cruz’s education record, lawyers for the news organization argued.Read More
'Turnbull' and 'Newport Harbor' confirm that the days of basing an anti-SLAPP motion on a "gravamen" test or on conclusory assertions of protected activity are behind us.
A lawyer said he will move to dismiss the extortion suit filed by an NFL player under California’s anti-SLAPP statute and litigation privilege.Read More
Although it is not clear whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh would compile a similar record on the Supreme Court, we can make a few tentative predictions based on his record in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Of course, all of the usual caveats associated with predicting the behavior of lower court judges once elevated to the Supreme Court apply.)Read More
The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Monday amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed last August against three environmental entities after a federal judge criticized the original filing as vague and threatened to throw it out of court.Read More
A private prison contractor has threatened to sue the civil-rights activists mounting protests against it.Read More
The California Supreme Court passed on actress Olivia de Havilland’s publicity rights challenge to an FX television show.Read More
A law firm was granted dismissal of tort claims under the MA anti-SLAPP law.Read More
A Texas attorney filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming he was fired from a law firm because of internet postings accusing him of being a “Nazi” and a “white supremacist.”Read More
A senior judge of the federal District Court for Eastern Arkansas, dismissed a SLAPP suit last week that was filed by Energy Transfer Partners a year ago that attempted to hold BankTrack, a Dutch environmental group, legally responsible for disrupting the progress of the Dakota Access pipeline.Read More
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a lawsuit against several people and PACs who allegedly ran or contributed to misleading commercials against him during his unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.Read More
The wife of a county official said she won’t let a “frivolous” defamation lawsuit filed against the couple by the Trumbull County engineer stop her from exercising her First Amendment right to free speech.Read More
A federal judge dismissed criminal racketeering claims against a nonprofit that wrote letters to banks asking them not to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.Read More