Anti-SLAPP, FoNTRA Position

January 19, 2011

in Anti-SLAPP


FoNTRA has now had an opportunity to review the Report of the Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel, dated 28 October 2010, and is in general agreement with its conclusions and recommendations. In FoNTRA’s view, the Advisory Panel has found an excel-lent balance among the various interests and the proposed approach should effectively safeguard the expression on matters of public interest from undue interference and even intimidation with one exception. The Advisory Panel chose to rely on speed at the outset of the litigation to, indirectly, “help rebalance an inequality of financial resources between the parties” instead of recommending a special fund for defendants or a stipulation that the plaintiffs should pay the defendants’ initial costs.
FoNTRA believes that this is a mistake; the government should address this issue directly.

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