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Jan 2023

Lessons Learned Series: Making Strides Toward UK Anti-SLAPP Law and Crackdown on Attorneys Who Bring SLAPP Suits

Laura Prather

The first in a series of articles written by Laura Prather, of Haynes Boone, about things she learned as a Fulbright Scholar researching, advocating, and raising awareness of SLAPPs in the EU, UK, and US

Nov 2022

Scorched Earth Litigation: The Call for Anti-SLAPP May Save You

Victoria Baranetsky

In Planet Aid v. CIR, a defamation lawsuit that was filed six years ago against our newsroom, parties finally settled the remaining issue: attorney’s fees.

Nov 2022

Anti-SLAPP Win for Lions Gate against NXIVM Recruiter

Jean-Paul Jassy and Meghan Fenzel

Granting defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion in its entirety, Judge Sykes ruled that Plaintiff Marc Elliot’s claims failed as a matter of law, and that any amendment would be futile.

Oct 2022

Federal Court Dismisses Tara Reade’s Privacy Suit Against New York Times

Al-Amyn Sumar

The court granted The Times’s motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) and to strike the claims under California’s anti-SLAPP law.

Oct 2022

Judge SLAPPs “Brooklyn Land Shark” Suit Against Daily News

Matthew Leish

Is it defamatory to refer to a real estate investor who has been repeatedly sued for taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners as a “Land Shark” who has been slammed as “a wolf preying on sellers”?  A New York state trial judge has answered that question with a resounding “no.”

Oct 2022

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Defamation Action Based on Public Hearing Statements

Alexa Millinger

Giving new analysis to the well-accepted rule that statements in quasi-judicial proceedings cannot be the basis for defamation, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a party could maintain a defamation action for statements made in a planning and zoning commission public hearing.

Oct 2022

Hawaiʻi Third State To Pass Uniform Protection for Public Expression Act

Denise Antolini and Jeff Portnoy

The new law represents a major gain for civil rights particularly at a time when independent-minded media and public interests groups are outgunned by well-oiled capitalists and dark money. 

Oct 2022

Colorado Trial Court Dismisses Baseless Libel Suit Against Newspaper

Steven D. Zansberg

A state trial court judge granted the anti-SLAPP motion of the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel newspaper and dismissed a libel suit brought by a pro se plaintiff who claimed he was defamed by an article recounting his run-ins with the law arising from his protests at two Islamic religious centers.

Sep 2022

Anti-SLAPP Tactical Considerations in New York State Versus Federal Courts

David S. Korzenik

The court had no difficulty concluding the article was a matter of legitimate public concern, a fair report of the prior proceedings, and published without actual malice. The significance of the decision, however, also lies in its approach to the recovery of legal fees under the New York SLAPP statute.

Sep 2022

Court SLAPPs Conspiracy Theorist’s $250 Million Suit v. Chicago Sun Times

Damon E. Dunn and Seth A. Stern

The suit demanded $250,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, which Judge O’Malley found signified retaliatory intent necessary to establish a SLAPP.