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Laura Prather in Public Participation Project: American Bar Association Supports Federal Anti-SLAPP
08/28/2012

On August 7, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted a resolution encouraging “federal, state and territorial legislatures to enact legislation to protect individuals and organizations who choose to speak on matters of public concern from meritless litigation designed to suppress such speech, commonly known as SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)...”

Laura Prather, partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP and PPP Board Member, worked with the ABA throughout this process and said the following about the ABA action:

“Having the support of the nation’s leading group of lawyers in our effort to establish a uniform law ensuring that the First Amendment rights of all citizens are protected against meritless lawsuits brought in both state and federal courts, signifies a dedication to the future passage of anti-SLAPP measures by states who currently do not have such laws and to the further enhancement of those laws that are relatively weak in this area. It also signifies a dedication to seeing that the U.S. Congress provide a mechanism to preserve all citizens’ free speech rights when brought into federal court—so as to minimize the efforts of forum shopping by individuals trying to get around anti-SLAPP laws."

Excerpted from Public Participation Project, August 28, 2012. To view full article, click here.