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(L to R) Esha Bandyopadhyay, Matthew Berntsen, and Meaghan Annett of Fish & Richardson (Photo: Courtesy Photo) (L to R) Esha Bandyopadhyay, Matthew Berntsen, and Meaghan Annett of Fish & Richardson (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

More than half of the states in the United States have enacted anti-SLAPP legislation, or laws to prevent a “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” These laws are intended to protect First Amendment rights of expression and free association, particularly against plaintiffs seeking to use a lawsuit to intimidate defendants into silence. While the anti-SLAPP laws in some states have not had significant impact, others offer a pathway to early dismissal.

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