a great deal of time and expense, they help blunt the threat of SLAPP
Many of the laws also allow the defendant to collect reasonable attorney's fees from the plaintiff who brought the suit."SLAPPs
allow the wealthy to use the threat of expensive litigation to silence criticism and stifle accountability, striking at the very heart of democracy," Ellis said, arguing for broader adoption of anti-SLAPP legislation.
(8) Some states provide SLAPP
protections for only certain classes of persons or require that the targeted public participation be in connection with an issue under review by a governmental body.
(allowing individuals to file a special motion to dismiss when a SLAPP
1992); see Richards, supra note 85, at 230 (discussing Judge Nicholas Colabella's approach in Gordon, one of first published opinions involving SLAPP
The Judge found that Sotelo's suit was a strategic lawsuit against public participation ("SLAPP
") designed to intimidate the defendants from filing their own lawsuit against Sotelo.
Happy, the Art Bears (wiDagmar Krause), Skeleton Crew, followed quite quickly after Henry Cow, but he was also part of Mike Oldfield's live band for the huge Tubular Bells show and he made two albums with like-minded spirits Richard Thompson, John French (Captain Beefheart) and Henry Kaiser.
IN HIS WORDS: "I'm proud of the job I've done in refocusing the course on the essence of these lawsuits, and making the court understand that these are SLAPP
In recent years, dozens of states have enacted anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP
) laws to counter SLAPP
suits, or lawsuits filed to silence a defendant who has spoken out against a plaintiff.
However, not everyone is enjoying the fruits that come with this accolade and members of the Saint Lucia Association of Professional Photographers (SLAPP
) have called on Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus to address what the association cites as an illegal practice being surreptitiously perpetrated just out of sight of both the government and the public at large, reports Caribbean News Now (Sept.
) that could lead to legal liability for the physician.