• Report: #863513

Complaint Review: Anti Slapp laws, why we need it. NOTICE to all consumers. Junk lawsuits targeting free speech are a major threat to the First Amendment to chill consumers first amendment right to speak out. Lisa Borodkin.

  • Submitted: Tue, April 03, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, July 26, 2014

  • Reported By: ED Magedson - Founder, Ripoff Report — Tempe Arizona USA
Anti Slapp laws, why we need it. NOTICE to all consumers. Junk lawsuits targeting free speech are a major threat to the First Amendment to chill consumers first amendment right to speak out. Lisa Borodkin.
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC, District of Columbia United States of America

Anti Slapp laws, why we need it. NOTICE to all consumers. Junk lawsuits targeting free speech are a major threat to the First Amendment to chill consumers first amendment right to speak out. Have you been sued for speaking out? Are you afraid of being bullied with a sham lawsuit over something you said? There is a new movement to stop dishonest plaintiffs and their attorneys by preventing and punishing Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Help Ripoff Report stop junk lawsuits from destroying small businesses and shutting down freedom of speech on the Internet Washington, DC District of Columbia *California attorney Lisa Borodkin Sued for frivolous lawsuit

*Consumer Comment: No noise,

*Consumer Comment: FREEDOM OF SPEECH POEM...

*General Comment: No SLAPP -Federal anti-slapp laws needed

*General Comment: Most of the Stuff On Ripoff Report is just Slander anyway

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Ripoff Report supports The Public Participation Project.

The Public Participation Project works to protect citizens from lawsuits designed to chill their ability to communicate with their government or speak out on issues of public interest. Such lawsuits, called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), pose serious dangers to free expression throughout the country. The Public Participation Project is working to enact legislation in Congress to provide protection from these lawsuits. For more information on SLAPPsclick here.

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If someone walked into your home or business and stole $100,000 from you, what do you think would happen to them? 

Would you expect them to be arrested? 
Prosecuted? 
Sent to jail?  
Would you expect the courts to order them to repay the money they stole from you?

Probably the last thing you would expect is for NOTHING to be done to the thief who stole your hard-earned money, but thats exactly what is happening in courts all across the United States every day!  Groundless lawsuits aimed at suppressing free speech are needlessly costing small businesses millions of dollars a year. [continued below]....
.....  To the owners of small businesses who have been targeted by junk lawsuits, this is exactly the same thing as being robbed of $100,000 or more in legal fees spent defending a bogus case, but our current laws are allowing the guilty perpetrators to walk-away completely unpunished!

Under the current state of Arizona law, if a person is unhappy about something posted online, they can file a lawsuit (or simply threaten to do so). The targets of these threats and suits are then faced with a choice remove speech that may be completely truthful and lawful, or pay huge legal fees to defend the case.  These fees can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Making matters worse, even if a plaintiffs speech-related lawsuit is dismissed and found to be groundless, it is virtually impossible for the prevailing defendant to recover its attorneys fees. This puts website operators and their millions of users in a lose-lose situation, and its clogging our court system and pushing many small businesses to the brink of bankruptcy.
 
Over the years, Ripoff Report has been repeatedly victimized by junk lawsuits aimed at shutting us down and stopping our users from voicing their complaints.   We have even been sued by people who manufactured phony cases against us.  Sadly, the courts have allowed this dishonest conduct to go almost entirely unpunished, resulting in losses of millions of dollars in wasted litigation expenses and legal fees. See below a list of lawsuits filed against Ripoff Report.

There is a simple solution for this huge problem it is time to pass a new law known as an anti-SLAPP law -- which helps curtail groundless lawsuits aimed at suppressing speech. California and several other states have passed broad anti-SLAPP laws which ensure that groundless lawsuits are quickly detected and dismissed, while allowing legitimate cases to proceed. In 2006, Arizona passed a scaled down anti-SLAPP law (ARS 12-751), but this law only applies to very narrow classes of speech and it does nothing to help website operators who are being threatened with sham lawsuits.

In order to help protect innocent businesses and to protect the free speech rights of the public, and the time has come to pass a robust national anti-SLAPP law which will reduce junk lawsuits, save taxpayers money by unclogging the court system, and protect businesses from meritless lawsuits.   If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to help this effort, you should visit www.anti-slapp.org or contact the Public Participation Project:

Public Participation Project
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 664-3796
info@anti-slapp.org

Why is Ripoff Report so interested in anti-SLAPP laws?  
Over the years we have been targeted by literally dozens and dozens of junk/sham lawsuits which attacked us for allowing our users to exercise their First Amendment rights.   Even though we prevailed in each case, in most cases the law did not allow us to automatically recover our attorneys fees though in some cases we have sued unsuccessful plaintiffs and their lawyers for abuse of process/malicious prosecution.  Over the years, Ripoff Report has incurred millions of dollars in legal fees defending against such junk lawsuits.money that could and should have been spent on more productive things such as improving our site.  A new anti-SLAPP law would immediately reduce the number of junk lawsuits which clog our court system.
 
Here are links to just a few of the dozens of cases that Ripoff Report has fought over the years, many of which would have probably never been filed if a strong anti-SLAPP law had been in place --

Asia Economic Institute v. Xcentric Ventures, LLC, 2011 WL 2469822 (C.D.Cal. 2011).  This was a lawsuit filed against Ripoff Report by a company that had revenues of $0. We not only won the case, we are now suing the former plaintiffs Raymond Mobrez and Iliana Llaneras and their lawyers, Lisa Borodkin and Daniel Blackert for malicious prosecution.

Lisa Borodkin, sued for frivolous lawsuit
Lisa Borodkin Sued for frivolous lawsuit


Read more about the case here:   http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2011/06/ripoff_report_g_2.htm
 
Global Royalties, Ltd. v. Xcentric Ventures, LLC, 544 F.Supp.2d 929 (D.Ariz. 2008).  This case involved a lawsuit from a Canadian company who sued us based on a report posted by a former customer.  Read more about the case here:  
http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2007/10/230_applies_eve.htm
 
Whitney Information Network, Inc. v. Xcentric Ventures, 2008 WL 450095 (M.D.Fla. 2008).  This was a lawsuit filed by TV infomercial pitchman Russ Whitney who sued us claiming that several reports about his company were false.  The case dragged on for years and cost hundreds of thousands to defend, but we eventually prevailed when a Florida judge threw out the entire case.  Read more about the case here: http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2008/02/no_liability_fo.htm
 
GW Equity v. Xcentric Ventures, 2009 WL 62173 (N.D.Tex. 2009).  Another lawsuit against Ripoff Report filed in Texas.  Read more about the case here http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2009/01/ripoff_report_r_1.htm



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#1 Consumer Comment

No noise,

AUTHOR: Karl - ()

I believe that the U.S. Government will eventually take complete control of the Internet and they will charge the American people a fee in order to use it. The U.S. Government is no longer a government for the people. It is a government for profit. Have a nice evening.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH POEM...

AUTHOR: Karl - ()

is available at this site. Just type in 814743 and it appears in the consumer comments section at Ripoff Report #814743.

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#3 General Comment

No SLAPP -Federal anti-slapp laws needed

AUTHOR: No noise - ()

 Federal Anti-Slapp laws are needed.   Especially when big companies that take the little guy to court to try to shut them up.  The little guy has no or very little chance with companies that have big pockets.   The little guy needs anti-slapp protection.

 I know. I am that little guy.  After doing an interview with ABC7 "what's bugging you, noise?" and complaining about the noisy catholic church bells the priest, Father Marc Ortiz took me to court.  He lost, I won.  It was a SLAPP. (google it). But they have deep pockets and I was just the little guy.   That was an unfair fight.   

 Federal anti-slapp laws are needed.  In California there are anti-slapp laws.  But federal anti-slapp laws are needed.   I could have SLAPPed back but didn't.   It is not easy to go against deep pockets when you are the little guy trying to get justice.  

 First amendment freedom of speech is extremely important.  I learned that from his horrible experience.   Obviously the church did not understand first amendment.   Appreciate first amendment freedom of speech.   You definately will if it is ever threatened like in my case.  

 I won!  First amendment rules!!  No SLAPP!  

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Most of the Stuff On Ripoff Report is just Slander anyway

AUTHOR: IamGood - (USA)

Ripoff Report is a forum where anybody can say anything about anybody they want thinking they can get away with it.  Well let me tell you, people should only be allowed to speak the truth.  If someone makes a verbal or written statement about someone, and it is not true, be prepared to be SUED!!!!!

It will be up to the person who made the statement to PROVE what he has said was true.  If he cannot prove it, then he will have to pay monetary damages, and publically retract the statement.

This site allows people to say what they want, and sit behind the 1st amendment right to free speech, ok, so be it.  But the people who use this site as a way to get revenge on someone, making statements that are not true will soon find out that this is not acceptable.

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