Introduction: Defining SLAPP Suits
Litigating SLAPPs: The Typical Case
SLAPP Case Law Update
Current Cases and How They Advance the SLAPP Discussion
Federal Legislation: The Citizen Participation Act of 2009 (HR 4364)
This program was recorded in San Francisco, California on June 16, 2010.
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPS, are suits that are intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition to, for example, a real estate development or product. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. Anti-SLAPP motions, then, are responses to such litigation that claims the plaintiffs are suing only to squelch legitimate public debate. The term SLAPP was coined in the 1980s. This body of law has found a unique home in California, which was one of the first states to enact a statute, Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, in 1992, to frustrate SLAPPs by providing a quick and inexpensive defense. This program provides an introduction to the topic to new practitioners, as well as more in-depth updates on where the field is moving, both in California and on a national level.
This program was moderated by Susan Kostal and recorded in San Francisco, California on June 16, 2010.