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Anti-SLAPP Statutes in Federal Courts

A majority of states have passed anti-SLAPP statutes providing a fast track to dismissal of suits attacking speech and petitioning activity. And with the proliferation of internet commerce and social media, lawsuits involving defamation and similar torts continue to expand meteorically. It is difficult to imagine a more robust full-employment act for lawyers – including commercial litigators – than cases involving these state law anti-SLAPP statutes. It’s probably no surprise then, given the global nature of the economy, that these statutes are increasingly being deployed in federal court diversity jurisdiction cases.

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