ANTI SLAPP MONTH: Write your Congressman NOW in support of Federal Anti-SLAPP legisation

By J. DeVoy

As Marc noted, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) has introduced The Citizen Participation Act, the first Federal anti-SLAPP legislation, to Congress.

Like any bill, this one needs your help.  Yes, you, the internet user whose free speech, financial security and family’s well being are at stake if you find yourself in the crosshairs of such a lawsuit.  We don’t do a lot of political grandstanding at The Legal Satyricon, but dammit if we won’t come together like one big dysfunctional family to support the most important free speech legislation to be proposed in a decade.

Write your congressman.  Print this letter, add your name, and mail it. (A Microsoft Word version is also available if you want to start with ours, but customize it.)  

Unsure of whom to write? Find your congressman here.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t stand and never voted for him or her: This bi-partisan message needs to reach everyone with a vote.

18 Responses to ANTI SLAPP MONTH: Write your Congressman NOW in support of Federal Anti-SLAPP legisation

  1. Tax says:

    Great idea, and am on board. FYI: word doc that’s posted shows your track changes.

  2. […] Also… if you want help writing your congressman, click here. […]

  3. KWW says:

    Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida has been alerted. Thanks for the template!

  4. After testifying against a physician at a hearing at the Texas Board of Medicine, I was hit with a huge SLAPP suit. I still can’t believe he was able to sue me and force ME to spend money defending myself for reporting him for ethical violations!

    My testimony was supposed to be IMMUNE and PRIVILEGED, yet he still sued me. My attorney said, “It’s too bad Texas doesn’t have an anti-SLAPP law.” I was forced to spend thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees fighting a wealthy physician.

    I’ve countersued him and he hasn’t moved forward with his suit. I’ve spent close to $20,000 on this ridiculous suit and that money was earmarked for a health care clinic for the uninsured. I’m getting ready to open my little clinic, but it’s much smaller than planned.

    The lesson I’ve learned from all of this is SPEECH IS NOT FREE IN TEXAS!

  5. John Burgess says:

    Done for FL’s 13th District. One voice only.

  6. […] Write your Congressman NOW in support of Federal Anti-SLAPP legisation→ AKPC_IDS += "91,"; […]

  7. […] an important issue for you – and, as an internet user, it should be – take the time to write your congressman using our template letters.  The Citizen Participation Act is the kind of change we all can […]

  8. […] suits, I have a personal interest in seeing the Citizen Participation Act become law.  Beyond writing to congressional representatives, informing everyone with an interest in this bill about how it can affect them is a great way to […]

  9. I wrote my letter. I can’t wait for a reply.

  10. […] write your congresswoman or congressman in support of the Citizen Participation Act of […]

  11. […] (D-TN) has introduced a federal version of California’s successful anti-SLAPP statute.  Contact your representative and let them know you think this is a good […]

  12. […] (D-TN) has introduced a federal version of California’s successful anti-SLAPP statute.  Contact your representative and let them know you think this is a good […]

  13. Can anyone give us an update on this bill? The SLAPP suit filed against me isn’t being litigated at this time. I’ve filed a countersuit for malicious prosecution, defamation and retaliation.

  14. […] are still thousands of John Peter Zengers.  I’ll wait for you.  Wherever, whoever you are, write your congressional representative in support of HR 4364, the Citizen Participation Act.  Stop SLAPP lawsuits once and for […]

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