A Busy Year For Anti-SLAPP Litigation And Legislation

Law360, New York (December 18, 2014, 11:05 AM EST) -- Over the past year, both courts and legislatures have made significant strides in the arena of anti-SLAPP decisions and laws.

The purpose of a SLAPP suit is to chill the defendant’s speech through costly and emotionally exhausting litigation. SLAPPs (“strategic lawsuits against public participation”) are civil claims or counterclaims filed against individuals or organizations based on their communications about issues of public interest or concern. The term “SLAPP” was devised by professors George Pring and Penelope Canan, who studied the phenomenon and described how these lawsuits interfered with fundamental First Amendment rights.[1] During 2014, the judicial and legislative branches in several...

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