The Protect the Protest task force is working to end SLAPPs, so that individuals and organizations working in the public interest can continue exercise their First Amendment rights. Learn more about our recent work below.
- Types of Cases
For decades, powerful interests have attempted to intimidate and silence public watchdogs, journalists, and advocacy groups by filing meritless lawsuits. This repressive tactic — called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs) — is an abuse
Federal Court Dismisses Pipeline Corporation’s Lawsuit Against the Earth First! Environmental Movement
On August 23, 2018, a federal court in North Dakota dismissed the SLAPP brought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, against the Earth First! Environmental movement. The Center for
Valentina Stackl of EarthRights International discusses the pervasive use of SLAPPs against #MeToo survivors. Stackl writes, “As #MeToo survivors bravely share their experiences of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, they endure criticism, threats, and
Human Rights Watch discusses a SLAPP filed by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace and Stand.earth, which uses the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Human Rights Watch notes that SLAPPs pose a significant