slapp suit

slapp suit

noun action against public, action to deter protests, harassment through legal means, infliction of punnshment for protesting, judicial process as a means to dissourage protests, lawsuit to deter opposition, litigation to deter opposition, participation suit, retaliation for protests, retribution for protesting, retributive justice, scare tactics, strategic lawsuit, vengeance
Associated concepts: antislapp suit
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A SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) 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.
This was what California's Anti Slapp Suit Law was designed to prevent.
In a classic SLAPP suit a developer might sue an environmentalist who has opposed the developer's application for a building permit.
1999) (dismissing a tortious interference lawsuit on the grounds that it was a SLAPP suit under the statute).
It's our opinion that our suit was not a SLAPP suit.
The Briggs & Stratton action has been often referred to as a SLAPP suit, meaning a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, words that speak for themselves.
The WTI SLAPP suit is a camouflage to divert attention away from the issue.
Essentially, when a defendant challenges a libel or slander case as a SLAPP suit, the court must examine the suit critically, and, if it finds that the plaintiff is not likely to succeed, the court must dismiss the action.
Bonifaz is a SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation).
Sierra Club lawyers say Andrews County's action amounts to a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or a SLAPP suit, which is illegal in Texas.
In June 1997, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Zuniga's motion to dismiss State Farm's SLAPP suit against her.
Actual court victories are not necessarily the goal of a SLAPP suit.