Chinese Cultural Center update: Beijing Gardens restaurant remains open

The majority owner of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center announced plans to get rid of the building's Chinese architecture. Community groups protested the move, and then took the company to court. One of the tenants filed a defamation lawsuit against the company, and the company filed a defamation suit against the tenant. Lawyers for the tenant called the latter suit a SLAPP suit.

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Trump’s legal threats underscore need for stronger anti-SLAPP laws

Rick Blum, Policy Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, writes about President Trump's recent legal threats against the author and publisher of "Fire and Fury" to illustrate the need for stronger legal protections for journalists' reporting and other protected speech. 

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Trump’s legal threats underscore need for stronger anti-SLAPP laws

Rick Blum writes:

"President Donald Trump’s legal threats against the publisher and author of the most recent insider account of the White House may strike a nerve with journalists who are fearful of expensive legal defenses and chill valuable news reporting, but the threats could lose much of their power if states or Congress strengthened a tool that judges may use to dismiss meritless lawsuits involving speech protected under the First Amendment." 
 

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