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Monday, May 31, 2021

I never knew that there’s a acronym name for frivolously-bullying lawsuits filed by deep-pocketed organizations against individuals:

Some first amendment lawyers see the case differently. They consider the lawsuit an example of the latest incarnation of a decades-old legal maneuver known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or Slapp.

The label has traditionally referred to meritless defamation suits filed by businesses or government officials against citizens who speak out against them. The plaintiffs are not necessarily expecting to succeed — most do not — but rather to intimidate critics who are inclined to back down when confronted with the prospect of a long, expensive court battle.

Basically, litigation by attrition. Fortunately, a lot of states have anti-Slapp laws on the books. So depending on where you live, you can yelp and tweet your rants with wild abandon, without worrying about being dragged into court.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/31/2010 04:30pm
Category: Business, Internet, True Crime
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