Posts in Federal Anti-Slapp
Free-market, pro-consumer groups support federal anti-SLAPP legislation

Yesterday, a coalition of free-market, pro-consumer groups sent a letter in support of the SPEAK FREE Act to members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Here’s a portion of that letter:

“On behalf of the undersigned free­-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for H.R. 2304, the SPEAK FREE Act, and urge you to move it swiftly through markup.

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How anti-SLAPP laws protect free speech

When consumers review products or services online, they shouldn’t fear a virtual slap on the hand while they type. But that’s exactly what’s happening as a result of a handful of businesses who hide behind SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) laws to silence public opinion when they don’t agree with it. Congress needs to act now to ensure that Americans are free to speak their minds.

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59 Legal Scholars Sign Letter Supporting SPEAK Free Act to Create Federal Anti-SLAPP Law!

Today, Eric Goldman, PPP Board Member and Director of the High Tech Law Institute and law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives expressing support for the SPEAK FREE Act.  Including Eric, 59 law professors and legal scholars from across the country signed on to this letter.  

You can read more and view the actual letter here.

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U.S. needs an anti-SLAPP law like California's

It’s a sadly familiar sight in courthouses around the country: A deep-pocketed corporation, developer or government official files a lawsuit whose real purpose is to silence a critic, punish a whistleblower or win a commercial dispute. That’s why California enacted a law in 1992 to give people a preemptive legal strike against frivolous lawsuits that seek to muzzle them on public issues. This sort of safeguard doesn’t exist in almost two dozen other states or in federal law, unfortunately, but a group of tech-friendly lawmakers is trying to change that.

Read more from the LA Times here.

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SLO lawyer sues former client over online reviews

From Chris McGuinness at New Times:

"Was your dinner served cold or undercooked? Was the waitress rude? Did the mechanic who fixed your car overcharge you? These days, letting the whole world know about your dissatisfaction with a business is as easy as jumping on a laptop or smartphone and leaving a scathing review.

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PPP Joins 33 Other Organizations in Letter Urging Congress to Enact SPEAK Free Act

This morning, the Public Participation Project joined 33 other organizations in sending a letter to Chariman Goodlatte, Ranking Members Conyers, Chairman Franks, and Ranking Member Cohen in the House of Representatives, urging them to advance the bipartisan SPEAK FREE Act as swiftly as possible.

Here is a link to the letter and below is a list version of those organizations that signed on to the letter.

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Support for SPEAK FREE Act Keeps Rolling In!

Since H.R. 2304, the SPEAK FREE Act of 2015, was introduced in the House on May 13, 2015, numerous organizations and individuals have voiced their support for this important bill.  Additionally, two more co-sponsors have also been added to the bill: Tom Marino, R-PA, and Randy Forbes, R-VA.

Here are just some examples of the support that the introduction has been getting:

Electronic Frontier Foundation:

“EFF applauds the bipartisan effort of the representatives who introduced the SPEAK FREE Act. We hope Congress will quickly act on this important legislation.”

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ITIF: Why We Need Federal Legislation To Protect Public Speech Online

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation just published this report advocating for federal anti-SLAPP legislation:

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues.

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The Case for Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Tracy Coenen recently wrote about her experience dealing with a SLAPP and advocating for states across the country to enact anti-SLAPP legislation.

In addition to strong state anti-SLAPP laws, federal anti-SLAPP legislation is also needed to protect all Americans across the country.

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D.C. anti-SLAPP statute growing up strong, but what about applicability in federal court and interlocutory appeal?

From Davis Wright Tremaine LLP at Lexology:

"On October 20, 2014, the District of Columbia Circuit held oral argument on the biggest issue under the Court of Appeals’ three-year-old D.C. anti-SLAPP statute: does the special motion to dismiss under the anti-SLAPP statute apply in federal diversity actions?Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group, LLC, 975 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. Sept. 27, 2013), oral argument held, No. 13-7171 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 20, 2014). The panel appeared receptive to holding that – at least in circumstances calling for a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) – the anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court.

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