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Are Anti-SLAPP Statutes Toothless in Federal Courts?

As the Internet increasingly has become the dominant means of conveying both facts and opinions, the number of defamation and other speech-related lawsuits filed in state and federal courts has risen markedly. Responding to what some lawmakers characterize as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (SLAPP)—suits aimed at suppressing legitimate speech or public debate through imposing the financial burdens of litigation—many states have enacted so-called anti-SLAPP statutes. One characteristic feature of all anti-SLAPP statutes is that they provide an expedited mechanism whereby a defendant can have a qualifying SLAPP suit dismissed quickly. Continue reading

In re: Proposed Amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
On February 16, 2017, WLF submitted formal comments to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in response to the Committee’s preliminary draft of proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs class actions....
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Jennings v. Rodriguez
On February 10, 2017, WLF—acting for 31 Members of Congress—filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it uphold the constitutionality of a key aspect of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that requires the...
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DeCoster v. United States
On February 9, 2017, WLF asked the Supreme Court to review (and ultimately overturn) a decision by a divided panel of the Eighth Circuit upholding a term of imprisonment on two executives of Quality Egg LLC under the “responsible corporate officer”...
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TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
On February 6, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to overturn a Federal Circuit decision that construes federal venue statutes so broadly that many nationwide businesses would be subject to suit in virtually any federal...
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OSHA’s Midnight Attempt to Overrule Federal Court’s Decision Is Ripe for Rescission
By Eric J. Conn, Co-Founder of and Chair of the OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey PLLC in Washington, DC.
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Unconstitutionally Appointed Administrative Law Judges Continue to Haunt SEC
By Lawrence S. Ebner, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and founder of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC, a Washington, DC-based appellate litigation boutique.
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A Communications Reform Priority: Curtailing FCC’s Ancillary Jurisdiction under Telecom Act § 706
By Arielle Roth, a Legal Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet.
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