Legal Intimidation

Legal Intimidation

by Fiona Donson
     
 
SLAPPS (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), well known in the USA, are on the increase in the United Kingdom. SLAPPS are court actions taken by powerful or wealthy individuals or organizations against ordinary people who seek to express their views and to take part in the decision-making processes which affects their lives. Their effect is menat to

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SLAPPS (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), well known in the USA, are on the increase in the United Kingdom. SLAPPS are court actions taken by powerful or wealthy individuals or organizations against ordinary people who seek to express their views and to take part in the decision-making processes which affects their lives. Their effect is menat to 'chill' through legal intimidation -- to stop the critics and end the debates. A steady growth of SLAPPS has occured where government and business see their interests being threatened by those who dare to rock the boat. The court case becomes a weapon in a larger political war, tying people up in court rooms, sapping their energy and money, carring the fear of severe legal sanction. In this way the law is used not to protect a valid legal claim but rather to frighten and silence those who are bold enough to criticize,, question and speak out. Looking at various high-profile cases, the author considers both the theory and practice of attacks upon free speech in a modern democracy. In the new era of human rights in the United kingdom the author poses important questions about what the use of such legal actions tells us about health of our democracy at the turn of the millennium.

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SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), a well-known tactic by corporations and wealthy individuals in the United States, are making their way into the British legal system, believes Donson (Law, Cardiff U.), and the losers in both countries are free speech and democracy. By examining various cases involving McDonalds, Monsanto, BP, and Greenpeace, which have taken place in Canada, the US and the UK, she explains the way these cases stop individuals and groups from participating in the legal systems by, among other effects, crippling them with huge legal bills and instilling fears of severe legal reprimanding. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853435041
Publisher:
Free Association Books Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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