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Media Law Resource Center Guest Article: ABA Makes Anti-SLAPP Legislation Official Bar Policy
09/20/2012
Laura Lee Prather
Charles D. Tobin

The 560-member governing body of the American Bar Association this month adopted a resolution encouraging legislatures to enact and strengthen anti-SLAPP legislation.

The House of Delegates resolution, adopted by overwhelming voice vote in Chicago on August 7, makes anti- SLAPP legislation the official policy of the organized Bar in the United States. It reads:
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourages 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).

Excerpted from Media Law Resource Center August newsletter. (c)2012, Media Law Resource Center, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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