LeClairRyan writes on the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Blog about a lawsuit involving two scientists, journal papers, and the National Academy of Sciences to highlight the need for a federal anti-SLAPP statute, "or why the DC anti-SLAPP statute needs to apply in a federal court diversity case."
In 1998, Professor Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University, was sued for defamation by nursing home company Beverly Enterprises, Inc. over testimony she gave at a congressional town hall meeting.
In 2001, manufacturer of the Metabolife herbal diet pill sued a Harvard Medical School professor for product defamation from statements he made in a consumer report on the safety of diet pills containing ephedrine. Blackburn was able to take advantage of the California anti-SLAPP law ...
In 2002, Meena Chandok, a scientist under Daniel Klessig at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) at Cornell, made exciting discoveries about nitric oxide synthase activity in a plant protein. The findings were published with Klessig in Cell a scientific journal.
In 2004, the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thomas Perls of Boston University and Professor S. Jay Olshansky of University of Illinois at Chicago in an Illinois circuit court. The suit alleged that the two professors had engaged in “defamatory conduct” and interfered with A4M’s business and economic advantage.
In 2003, former University of Louisiana at Monroe professor John Scott was sued on the basis of comments he made in an anonymous website called the “Truth at ULM” that criticized the university administration. Richard Baxter, the university’s then vice president for external affairs, sued Scott ...
In November of 2008, a Texas developer sued the author of a book about an eminent domain development agreement he had signed. In addition to naming the book’s author and publisher, a book reviewer and the newspaper that published the book review, the suit also named Law Professor Richard Epstein, who wrote a brief review on the book jacket, lauding the book as a “page turner.”