Stop SLAPP Suits in Pennsylvania

Stop SLAPP Suits in Pennsylvania

Please help pass an anti-SLAPP law in PA!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Pennsylvania School Boards Association ("PSBA")

...filed a frivolous SLAPP Suit


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FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS PSBA's SLAPP SUIT WAS "OBJECTIVELY BASELESS"

On August 23, 2018, a federal Judge ruled the SLAPP Suit was "objectively baseless" (page 25) because my speech was "Protected by the First Amendment" (page 14). Trouble is, significant amounts of money were spent to defend against this frivolous lawsuit and PSBA got given "immunity" because PA does not have an anti-SLAPP law. We need an anti-SLAPP law in PA!

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SLAPP Suits Can Happen to Anyone

The rights to speech and petition are enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Free speech and healthy debate are vital to the well-being of a democracy. In fact, the United States Supreme Court has said that the right to petition the government is the very foundation of our democracy.

SLAPP = Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation

SLAPPs are Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.  These damaging suits chill free speech and healthy debate by targeting those who communicate with their government or speak out on issues of public interest.

SLAPPs are used to silence and harass critics by forcing them to spend money to defend these baseless suits.  SLAPP filers don’t go to court to seek justice.  Rather, SLAPPS are intended to intimidate those who disagree with them or their activities by draining the target’s financial resources.

SLAPPs are effective because even a meritless lawsuit can take years and many thousands of dollars to defend.  To end or prevent a SLAPP, those who speak out on issues of public interest frequently agree to muzzle themselves, apologize, or “correct” statements.

We need a strong anti-SLAPP law in PA!

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