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Legal Intimidation

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ISBN13: 9781853435041
ISBN: 185343504X
Published: November 2000
Publisher: Free Association Books Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £18.95

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SLAPPS (strategic lawsuits against public participation), well known in the United States of America, are on the increase in the United Kingdom. SLAPPS are court actions taken by powerful or wealthy individuals or organizations against ordinary people who seek to express their views and to take part in the decision-making processes which affect their lives. Their effect is meant to ""chill"" through legal intimidation - to stop the critics and end the debates. A steady growth of SLAPPS has occurred where government and business see their interests being threatened by those who dare to rock the boat. The court case becomes a weapon in a larger political war, tying people up in court rooms, sapping their energy and money, carrying the fear of severe legal sanction. In this way the law is used not to protect a valid legal claim but rather to frighten and silence those who are bold enough to criticize, question and speak out.;Looking at various high-profile cases the author considers both the theory and practice of attacks upon free speech in a modern democracy. In the new era of human rights in the United Kingdom the author poses important questions about what the use of such legal actions tells us about the health of our democracy at the turn of the millennium.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties, General Interest, Courts and Procedure
Law as impartial and law as political weapon
the SLAPP phenomenon in the USA
environment activists and legal retaliation
road protests
food activists
animal rights protesters
peace activists
manipulation of the legal process to prevent SLAPPS.