One newby activist that I helped a few years ago had a SLAPP suit brought
against her by a gravel mining company.
You would think that their demands for silence, or else, would be
considered to be Extortion.
In any event, I connected her with ACLU who took the case and the company
withdrew "WITH prejudice", which means that the company CANNOT refile the same
suit at a future time.
Senator Brater sponsored legislation against SLAPP Suits, but the
Republicans in Lansing wanted nothing to do with it.
I wonder why?
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Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 11:46
Subject: E-M:/ Suits aimed at activists
have a chilling effect
In the protest world, they're called "SLAPP" suits. And as acronyms go,
SLAPP is pretty descriptive — "Strategic Lawsuits Against Public
SLAPP suits are a strategy used primarily by corporations or developers to
intimidate individuals to prevent them from participating in public protests.
Or, more bluntly, to shut them up.
What makes the suits unique — and effective — is that most are filed
against individuals, not groups or local governments that may have the
wherewithal to mount a legal defense.