Saturday, May 5, 2007

Precendent Setting: Blogger Protected by Anti-SLAPP

An anti-SLAPP motion is a motion that is filed with a court when a defendant in a civil case feels that the plaintiff is attempting to impede his/her free speech rights.

For instance, if you posted a bad review of a Microsoft product, and they turned around and sued you for defamation, you could file an anti-SLAPP motion asking the court to toss the case.

For the first time ever, this has been applied to a blogger, who won an anti-SLAPP motion against GTX, who sued "Left" (the blogger) for referring to their stock as a lemon.

The linked article discusses the case enough already, and the author is also a lawyer, so I'm not going to bother commenting on it too much.


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