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Last week’s lead story in The National Law Journal [" Pushing the SLAPP Envelope"] featured attacks on California’s broad anti-SLAPP legislation, and a case-by-case analysis of how California courts have engaged in a “dramatic” expansion of their interpretation of the state’s anti-SLAPP statute. So-called SLAPPs, Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, are designed to intimidate people from seeking their day in court, requesting relief from a government agency or simply protesting and speaking out publicly about their concerns. In those few states like California with strong anti-SLAPP laws, SLAPP victims can bring a motion early in the case, before expenses go through the roof, to force the “SLAPPer” to present evidence that it has a reasonable chance to win.

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