SLAPPs target a wide range of organizations and people who speak out in the public interest. Here are some examples of those who have faced “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs) in recent years:
Most judges will eventually recognize and dismiss a SLAPP. But a SLAPP bully can use its resources to cause damage long before the case is thrown out. If a case stays in court long enough, it can impose high costs and reputational damage on the defendant, regardless of the outcome. Defendants often face pressure to settle the lawsuit, agreeing to give up their free speech rights in order to avoid the high costs of litigation.
For more information about SLAPPs, please visit the following pages: