Reprinted with permission from Nevada Lawyer, November 2018

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit instituted to intimidate and silence critics (effectively censoring them) by burdening them with excessive legal fees and costs of defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Nevada's anti-SLAPP statute (NRS 41.653-670) affords defendants in SLAPP lawsuits a strong countermeasure: a motion to dismiss filed under the statute can quickly (and with no burdensome discovery) vindicate the speaker's rights, resulting in dismissal with prejudice. And—critically—the statute shifts the burden of paying the defendant's legal fees back onto the party unlawfully suing. Read More

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