Established May 28, 2017

Welcome To The Florida Anti‑SLAPP Project

Fighting Those Who Seek To Suppress Free Speech

(Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation)

SLAPPs are lawsuits that attempt to chill the valid exercise of free speech. They are bogus, meritless, and frivolous legal actions, which have become all too common recently, but, of course, have no place in any democracy. They are brought by parisitic, nuissance attorneys whose client simply didn't like something that was written or said about them or their business.

Americans have, ostensibly, enjoyed the liberty to say or write whatever's on their minds, without fear of prosecution, for more than two centuries. It's only when a false statement is made that words have the potential to be defamatory. Pure opinion (when an author provides the factual basis upon which he basis his opinion) is non‑actionable.

In the State of Florida, there are additional requirements, above and beyond mere falsity for a plaintiff to state a valid claim of defamation, and our intention is to fully list and explain them all on this website. Additionally, we hope to share some simple legal strategies that any pro se defendant can utilize in order to achieve a fast resolution to any defamation action.

The objective of the reprobate attorneys who file SLAPPs, it's abundantly fair to say, is that the speaker whose statements are being challenged will delete what they wrote, offer to settle the case, or both. But those are not the only options for defendants in libel actions. Anyone can defend themselves, pro se. That means you.

Hiring a defamation attorney is expensive. And despite all of the braggarts in the Florida Bar who boast about their magnanimity, it's nearly impossible to find someone to take on one of these cases for free. So if you are forced to represent yourself, we hope you will read this website fully and commit to memory the information on these pages.

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