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For Monday: Anti-SLAPP Laws

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss laws (and other efforts) to curb “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPP) actions. If you’re not familiar with the acronym (I was not), here’s a link to the Wikipedia description. And here’s a Washington Post article about a recent Supreme Court action (or…inaction) in the area.

  • Does this legislation make sense?
  • How can free speech rights be protected?
  • What about other “rights of access” to the courts?
  • How can the costs of large-scale litigation be avoided?
  • How can deep-pocketed litigants be put on a more equitable footing with those with lesser resources?

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