SLAPPed

There have been a lot of problems with SLAPPs not only in the United States of America, but around the world as well. First, to understand the issue, you need to know what a SLAPP is. A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. What that does is if a person has an issue with a large corporation, the corporation can file a lawsuit against the person in an effort to intimidate them with money. For example, The New York Times released an article about a guy in Kalamazoo Michigan titled “Venting Online, Consumers Can Find Themselves in Courtwho got his car towed from his parking space at his apartment, so he created a Facebook page titled, “Kalamazoo Residents against T&J Towing.”  This Facebook page got quite a bit of traffic, and then the towing company filed a lawsuit against him for $750,000. The lawyer for the company feel that it was justified, however many others criticize the choice to file a lawsuit and call it a SLAPP. Many large organizations file the lawsuits to silence the bad comments about their company. They do this through fear of the fact that the average person can not afford these large lawsuits, and they end up taking back what they said. According to the article “SLAPPs–Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation: Coming to a Controversy Near You”, by Sharon Beder, she says, “Most [cases] are dismissed by the courts and 77% of those that are heard by the courts are won by the people being sued.” so it is just showing that companies are trying to put fear in people to reclaim their statements about the company. I did a lot of research to find a viewpoint where people support SLAPPs and oppose the Anti-SLAPP laws, I did not find any, so feel free to comment any that you find.

SLAPPs are dangerous because they go against freedom of speech, it forces people who have complaints to hold back because they are afraid that the company will file a lawsuit and cost them a lot of time and money for a little complaint.    

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