SLAPP Laws: Protecting businesses or peoples first amendment

Should we have SLAPP laws put in place to protect businesses of having people talking bad about their business when they are exercising their freedom of speech? A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. … The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. .The plaintiff of the case is usually a mid to large-sized company. While the lawsuit claims giant damages and generally seeks an order or ruling. So what happens you may ask? The defendant has been speaking out with some success in an attempt to influence government policy or public perception, and the issue is one of public interest or concern. Some Pros of SLAPP laws are that it keeps some businesses from getting a bad reputation or wrong perception from the public. Some Cons of the laws are that it first of violates the freedom of speech which is causing lots of controversy, also it costs a lot of money for not only the business, but even the defendant is forced to spend a lot of money to get their point across. So if you cannot get the money to afford all of the costs then basically your freedom of speech is no longer a thing. One of the most famous SLAPP suits in recent times was the Cattlemen’s Association lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey over her statements about beef. Where she was one of the very few to actually win the lawsuit.

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