Laura Prather in Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: Anti-SLAPP Laws on Trial

08/29/2012

A recent libel suit gave birth to a controversial judgment involving the District of Columbia Anti-SLAPP Act, which protects speech relating to issues of public interest.

The case brought by a ‘birther’ — someone who questions whether President Obama is a natural-born American and eligible to be president — ended prematurely when a U.S. district judge granted a magazine’s motion to dismiss under the D.C. Act…

As a way to protect the public from such lawsuits, 27 states, along with the District of Columbia and U.S. territory of Guam, enacted specific anti-SLAPP laws.

“Not every state has [an anti-SLAPP statute], and there are tremendous differences between the state statutes that are on the books,” said attorney Laura Prather, who led the effort to enact an anti-SLAPP statute in Texas last year.

Excerpted from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, August 29, 2012. To view full article, click here.

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