Further Information

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Further Information

Fortunately, the fight-back against SLAPPs has begun. A diverse coalition of groups and individuals opposed to SLAPPs – from the Media Alliance to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, to TripAdvisor and Yelp – have joined forces to press for a federal US anti-SLAPP law. This Public Participation Project is a great place to start for more information on the SLAPP phenomenon in the US.

In Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Pro Bono Law Ontario formed their own Public Participation Project to provide resources and support to assist defendants in SLAPP suits and encourage anti-SLAPP legislation. Their website provides information on SLAPPs in Canada, including examples of Canadian SLAPPs and helpful material for those being SLAPPed.

For further information on SLAPPs and the campaigns to fight them:

  • For background on both Resolute lawsuits and the Greenpeace campaign that provoked them, see the NRDC’s overviewhere.

  • Kate Redford of EarthRights International discusses SLAPP lawsuits, including Resolute’s RICO case against Greenpeace and Stand.earth, as part of a broader corporate movement to silence environmentalists in thisHuffington Post blog.

  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) give more information on the need for a federal anti-SLAPP statute ontheir website

  • For background on the Canadian defamation case and more details about its SLAPP nature seethis article by the Watershed Sentinel.

  • For more information on the US RICO case seethis article by Celia Wexler, the award-winning journalist and nonfiction author.

The following experts can be contacted for more information on the free speech implications of SLAPP lawsuits such as Resolute’s:

  • Peter Jacobsen: Leading practitioner in defamation law and Chair of the Canadian Issues Committee, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

  • Cara Faith Zwibel: Director of the Fundamental Freedoms program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. (Currently on maternity leave, please also contact Rob DeLuca)

  • Professor David Ardia: Professor of Law at UNC School of Law and Board Member of the Online Media Association.

  • Evan Mascagni: Policy Director of the Public Participation Project.

  • Bruce Brown: Executive Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)

  • Rod Smolla: Award-winning author and First Amendment scholar, currently Dean and Professor of Law of Widener University Delaware Law School

To be put in touch with any of these experts, please contact Reykia Fick  at .