The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New anti-slapp law under consideration

Thanks to commenter Samantha J. Brown, Legislative Director of the Federal Anti-SLAPP Project, I've learned about proposed federal law H.R.4364 which was introduced last week by Rep. Steve Cohen.

The importance of a good anti-SLAPP law to free speech cannot be stressed enough. For decades, bad actors with deep pockets have abused the legal system to stifle free speech. While there are individual states with anti-SLAPP laws, the lack of a federal law has allowed the abusers to "venue shop" for a court that would be friendly to their brand of harassment.

I've already said enough about my own experiences with the legal system, so I'll simply urge you to read the news item about H.R.4364 for yourselves.


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