Slapps: Getting Sued For Speaking Out

Slapps: Getting Sued For Speaking Out

by George Pring, Penelope Canan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566393683
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 01/22/1996
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

George W. Pringis Professor of Law at the University of Denver.

Penelope Cananis Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. They are the co-directors of the Political Litigation Project at the University of Denver.

Table of Contents


1. The Onslaught of SLAPPs
Cases in Point • The Definition: What Are "SLAPPs"? • The Process: How SLAPPs work • Why Not SLAPPs? Sympathy for Filers

2. The Constitution's Great Safeguard: The Right to Petition
The Theory Behind "Open Government" • The Supreme Court and the Fact Quagmire • TheNoerr-PenningtonDoctrine and the "Sham" Exception • TheOmniCase: A Success Model • SLAPPs: More than a "Legal" Problem

3. Real Estate SLAPPs: Developers, Land Use, and Growth Turning Up the Heat
A Classic Real Estate Developer SLAPP • A Rash of SLAPPs • Repeat Players and Developers' Motives • A Protective Precedent

4. The Ultimate SLAPP: Public Servants Turning on the Taxpayers
The Police SLAPP • The School SLAPP • The Public Official SLAPP

5. Eco-SLAPPs: Turning the Tables on the Environmental Movement
SLAPPs in the Wilderness • "Pollution Buster" SLAPPs • Animal Rights and Wrongs

6. "Not in My Backyard" SLAPPs: Care Homes, Landfills, and Other "LULUs" Turning Up on Our Doorsteps
The Least Objectionable LULUs • More Objectionable LULUs • The Most Objectionable LULUs • The Spreading Spectrum and the Solution

7. Rights SLAPPs: Turning Against Consumers', Workers', Women's...and Your Rights
The Caveat Emptor SLAPP • What Rights Are Left?

8. Judicial Cures: Managing the SLAPP
Managing SLAPPs Before They Happen • Managing SLAPPs as Soon as They Happen • Managing SLAPPs in Court

9. Judicial Cures: Managing the SLAPPback
The Birth and Growth of SLAPPbacks • The Legal Grounds for SLAPPbacks

10. Anti-SLAPP Legislation and Other Cures
The Legislative Cure: "Anti-SLAPP Laws" • A Model Anti-SLAPP Bill • Executive Branch Contributions

Appendix: The SLAPPs Study Methods and Findings: A Conflict Between Democracy and Capitalism
The Study Methodology • The Study Findings


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