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  • SLAPPstick Farce

    01/25/2014 9:03:37 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 12 replies
    National Review (print) ^ | 1/27/14 | Mark Steyn
    This column originally appeared in the January 27th print edition of National Review: America is a land of acronyms, and, useful as they are, acronyms can quickly curdle into jargon. SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation" — i.e., using legal action to cow an opponent into silence, and withdrawal from the public square. It was coined in the Eighties by Penelope Canan and George W. Pring at the University of Denver, and in the Nineties they turned it into a book: SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out. And it proved so influential that by the Oughts various jurisdictions...
  • Lawyer brilliantly bites township trying to shut his client's site

    06/20/2013 8:45:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    CNet ^ | 6/19/13 | Chris Matyszczyk
    The temptation to bully can be too great to resist.If you don't like something or the someone who's done that something, you want to squish them -- if you're bigger than they are, that is.One method often used is to get a fancy lawyer to write a cease-and-desist letter, designed to stop the recipient from breathing.The township of West Orange, N.J., decided that Jake Freivald was a nail for its hammer. He had exercised sufficient temerity to operate a Web site called WestOrange.info. It's not a fancy site. And it certainly doesn't purport to have any affiliation with the township....
  • Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit And Order To Alter Comments

    12/08/2012 4:32:58 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | December 7, 2012 | Gregory Ferenstein
    A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to alter a negative Yelp review of a home contractor after police found that her claims didn’t add up. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez’s scathing review has cost them new customers and, on Wednesday, a judge ordered a preliminary injunction for her to edit the post. Yelp and legal critics are worried that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)-related lawsuits could chill free speech, but business owners say that legal intervention is necessary in an age when online reviews can make or break a company. As...
  • US food co-op fights back against boycott opposition

    11/03/2011 5:44:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 11/03/2011 | JORDANA HORN
    Olympia Food Co-op files motion to strike lawsuit brought against them by members who objected to decision to initiate boycott of Israeli goods. NEW YORK – A food co-op board of directors Tuesday filed a motion in Washington state to strike a lawsuit brought against them by five members who objected to the co-op’s decision to initiate a boycott of Israeli goods. In 2010, the Olympia Food Co-op board passed a resolution to boycott Israeli goods, and then became the first grocery store in the United States to officially boycott them. The co-op is a member-based, not-for-profit, natural food grocery...
  • Brietbart’s Bid to Toss Shirley Sherrod’s Defamation Lawsuit Rejected

    08/01/2011 1:50:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    Eurweb.com ^ | August 1, 2011 | Eurweb
    Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart has failed in his attempt to knock out a defamation lawsuit by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod, who is suing on grounds that a video of her was deceptively edited to portray her as racist. Breitbart attempted to leverage DC’s new anti-SLAPP law by claiming Sherrod’s lawsuit was an impingement on his free speech, but a federal judge has denied that motion as well as another to move the case to California. Sherrod is suing Breitbart, Breitbart’s colleague Larry O’Connor and an unnamed defendant over the release of a video clip and accompanying...
  • Washington State Democrats Lawsuit Attempts to Squash Voice of the People

    07/26/2011 2:34:52 PM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-07-26 | Jon Mahaffey
    Democratic lawmakers in Washington State sued the state yesterday in a desperate attempt to establish a means of raising taxes on Washingtonians. This myopic lawsuit will overturn Initiative 1053, a voter-approved requirement that two-thirds of the Legislature must approve tax increases. The Democrats falsely and outrageously believe the voter-approved two-thirds requirement unconstitutionally prevents lawmakers from sucking the money out of Washingtonians wallets for government funded projects. This lawsuit bucks the Washington State Constitution and the will of the people of the Evergreen State. According to the Washington State Constitution, Article I, Declaration of Rights, Section 1, Political Power: “All political...
  • Lawsuit would block public vote on federal health care (Commiecare™ vs. Missouri residents)

    06/24/2010 6:02:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Connect Mid Missouri ^ | 6/23/10 | Kermit Miller
    Lawsuit would block public vote on federal health careby Kermit Miller Posted: 06.23.2010 at 6:07 JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Opponents of a ballot issue claiming state sovereignty over federal health care legislation have sued to block a public vote. Lawmakers approved a measure this year that would protect Missouri residents, who do not participate in a federally-approved health care plan, from financial penalties. "This is nothing more than an opportunity for the citizens of this state to make the decision on their own,” Rep. Tim Jones (R) said. “And that is where the decision should remain.” "What happened in Washington,...
  • Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material'

    07/04/2009 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Al B. · 114 replies · 7,417+ views
    Politico ^ | July 4, 2009 | Jonathan Martin
    Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation. In an extraordinary four-page letter, Alaska-based attorney Thomas Van Flein warns of severe consequences should speculation that until now has largely been confined to blogs about whether Palin embezzled funds in the construction of a Wasilla, Alaska, sports arena find its way into print. “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and...
  • 'Sanctions' sought in eligibility case

    02/13/2009 8:02:50 AM PST · by dascallie · 23 replies · 2,106+ views
    'Sanctions' sought in eligibility case President's attorneys file motion demanding birth, college records be withheld from public February 13, 2009 By Bob Unruh © 2009 WorldNetDaily A high-powered team of Los Angeles attorneys representing President Obama in his effort to keep his birth certificate, college records and passport documents concealed from the public has suggested there should be "monetary sanctions" against a lawyer whose clients have brought a complaint alleging Obama doesn't qualify for the Oval Office under the Constitution's demand for a "natural born" citizen in that post. The suggestion came in an exchange of e-mails and documents in...
  • A Freeper's Observation;A Newspaper's gutless Response To A Blogger

    01/24/2009 4:29:00 AM PST · by E.G.C. · 7 replies · 437+ views
    1-24-09 | E.G.C.
    HOWDY FREEPERS!!!!!!!This morning my op-ed focuses on one of Oklahoma's most well respected bloggers.Michael Bates is a well respected blogger who authors the blog Batesline (http://www.batesline.com) He also writes a column for an alternative media source, Urban Tulsa Weekly.When Michael composes a blog one of the things he always takes care to do is research his material for his blogs and get his facts straight.Recently, Mr. Bates was hit with a lawsuit by World Publishing Company, publishers of the Tulsa World. Apparently this had to do with a piece he composed on January 15 regarding the World's declining circulation.Now, here...
  • SPEAKOUT: Opposition to annexation riles neighbors ( First Amendment )

    04/13/2008 11:02:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 80+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 13, 2008 | Becky Clark Cornwell
    I never imagined that in America, I could be sued for speaking about politics. My ordeal began in early 2006 when my husband, Wes, and I heard about a petition being circulated seeking to annex our unincorporated neighborhood ... We researched the issue and decided that the extra layer of government wouldn't provide better services, while our sales tax would skyrocket. We'd be paying more for less. We own a print shop, so Wes used some scraps and made a couple of yard signs. One said "No Annexation" and the other said "Annexation Is A Permanent Tax Increase." We planted...
  • Cyber-Slapp

    04/10/2008 2:29:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 162+ views
    wsj ^ | April 10, 2008 | JAMES TARANTO
    Kathleen Seidel is a New Hampshire mother of two. She runs a blog, Neurodiversity.com, about autism--a topic of special interest to her as one of her children had an "autistic spectrum diagnosis." There is a theory that thimerosal, a preservative formerly used in vaccines, causes autism. Seidel has written skeptically of that theory, and of the trial lawyers who have sought to cash in on it. Last month one of those lawyers, Clifford Shoemaker, had Seidel served with a subpoena demanding that she report for a deposition and produce a voluminous collection of documents, described in her motion to quash...
  • PBS Telling Teachers to Violate First Amendment, Group Says

    11/13/2007 1:40:53 PM PST · by yoe · 270 replies · 1,266+ views
    CNSN News ^ | November 13, 2007 | Randy Hall
    A packet for educators issued by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in conjunction with the NOVA program "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" encourages teaching practices that are probably unconstitutional, a conservative organization stated on Tuesday. "The NOVA/PBS teaching guide encourages the injection of religion into classroom teaching about evolution in a way that likely would violate current Supreme Court precedents about the First Amendment's Establishment Clause," said John West, vice president for public policy and legal affairs at the Discovery Institute, in a news release. The 22-page document is a companion piece to the two-hour NOVA docudrama, "Judgment Day,"...
  • GOVERNMENT SCHOOL TO SUE ...

    11/01/2007 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 38 replies · 592+ views
    Nea,z Nuze/WSB Radio ^ | November 1, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    GOVERNMENT SCHOOL TO SUE ... a parent? The government school district in Galveston, Texas is threatening to sue a parent for what the school district says is libelous material on the parent's website. http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=67e7147b74f58ff1 Sandra Tetley runs a site – www.gisdwatch.com – where she posts information about the local government school system and its officials. If she does not remove the statements from the website, the district plans to sue her. Tetley accuses trustees and administrators of breaking the law. Her group, Galveston Alliance for Neighborhood schools, has a history of criticizing the district for reconfiguring its middle schools, closing...
  • FUNDRAISER:LAWSUIT: FREEPER SUED FOR ELECTION 2000 FREEP OF LIEBERMAN EVENT

    11/15/2004 6:17:15 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 1,421 replies · 44,854+ views
    self ^ | 11/15/04 | RaceBannon
    <p>I am being sued for something that happened at the December 2000 Freep of Joe Lieberman.</p> <p>JimRob has allowed me to hold an internet fundraiser to help defray the costs of my lawyers fees.</p> <p>I am broke and thousands of dollars in debt, and depending on how much I can collect here, I amnot sure if I can continue or work to sign a mutual release if offered.</p>
  • Re: California Supreme Court

    10/25/2004 10:02:36 AM PDT · by billsilverstein · 90+ views
    I just finished reading this book 'Be Careful Who You SLAPP' by Michelangelo Delfino and Mary E. Day. The book is about a California company Varian Medical Systems that illegally uses the courts to try and silence a couple of whistleblowers who publish information about the company having produced hard core pornography, using hidden surveillance to videotape company restrooms, and executives engaged in adultery, etc. What the book doesn't tell you because it's two years old you is that the story continues and is now before the California Supreme Court. Pretty wild stuff!
  • Suing to Silence? RadioShack turns its legal guns on a middle-class web site operator.

    01/30/2004 6:35:47 AM PST · by mylife · 26 replies · 303+ views
    Ft Worth Weekly ^ | 1/28/04 | Dan Malone
    Suing to Silence? RadioShack turns its legal guns on a middle-class web site operator. By Dan Malone RadioShack's headquarters complex is going up along with the company's legal costs. Even as RadioShack's new headquarters rises from mounds of dirt on the northern edge of downtown Fort Worth, complaints about the company's overtime policies are turning into a mountain of their own. More than 3,300 current or former RadioShack managers across the nation, including 310 from Texas, have "opted-in'' to a class action lawsuit alleging that the company required them to work long hours without overtime pay. That means almost half...
  • Why Sing When You Can Sue? [Barbra Streisand vs. free speech]

    06/01/2003 4:02:28 PM PDT · by Criminal Number 18F · 17 replies · 565+ views
    aero-news.net ^ | Sat., May 21, 2003 | ANN Staff
    Why Sing When You Can Sue? Barbra Streisand Hits Aerial Photographer With $50 Million Lawsuit Thank God the constitution enables all citizens to exercise their freedom of speech to say what they believe. That's what's great about democracy and what's great about this country. - Barbra Streisand, "My Thoughts On Freedom Of Speech," www.barbrastreisand.com (posted March 24, 2003)The California Coastline Project, dedicated to photographing the entire length of the left coast in sequence for environmental purposes, finds itself crosswise with one of the most vocal self-espoused environmentalists in America - singer Barbra Streisand. Streisand is suing the non-profit organization, The...
  • The Enemies of Free Speech

    10/10/2002 2:13:23 PM PDT · by DaveCooper · 5 replies · 234+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2002 | Jeff Jacoby
    What would happen if a powerful union sued a think tank for accurately quoting the union’s president in a letter to its supporters? Anyone who went to law school will recognize that as the kind of far-fetched hypothetical that law professors dream up in order to spark classroom discussion. But this is no hypothetical. On Sept. 27, 2001, Luigi Battaglieri, the head of the Michigan Education Assn., called a press conference to trumpet the opening of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. The new organization was being created to provide intellectual ammunition for the public-education establishment —...