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My DC Anti-SLAPP Motion Was Denied! — Now What?

In 2011, the District of Columbia joined 28 states in passing legislation aimed at stopping Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation suits. SLAPP suits are usually brought by powerful interests who want to silence...more

Free Speech Protection for Facebook "Likes" by Public Employees

Last week, in Bland v. Roberts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed a constitutional victory to Facebook and two plaintiffs who lost their jobs after displaying online support for the incumbent’s opponent...more

Judge “X” Has Added You As A Friend

With the advent of electronic social media “ESM”, Judges are no stranger to communications through social media sites such as Facebook....more

Illinois Appellate Court Clarifies When Electronic Communications By Council And Board Members On Personal Electronic Devices And...

The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that electronic communications about public business sent or received by members of a city council during a public meeting or study session are “public records” subject to the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Narrows Attorney General's FOIA Opinion on Communications on Elected Officials' Private Devices

On July 16, 2013, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fourth District issued an opinion in City of Champaign v. Madigan, 2013 IL App (4th) 120662, that upheld the Illinois Attorney General's (AG) binding opinion (Public...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013: Surprising Appetite in Washington for New Federal IP Legislation

On March 16, 2013, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to U.S. patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 7, 2013

In this issue: - Obama Nominates Ramirez to Lead FTC - FDA Warning Letter Makes Shout-Out to Facebook - Supreme Court’s Amgen Ruling: What it Means for Consumer Class Actions - Upcoming...more

Court Provides SLAPP Relief - But Not Enough

In 2010, Ontario's Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel released released its Report to the Attorney-General. (A "SLAPP" is a "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation" - a lawsuit intended to silence criticism by employing a...more

Saint John (City) v. Ferguson – Board of Trustees Can Commence Legal Proceedings for Defamation

The Board of Trustees of the City of Saint John Employee Pension Plan (the Trustees) commenced an action against John Ferguson, a member of the Common Council of the City of Saint John, for defamation based upon certain...more

Baglow v Smith: Appeal Court Sets Aside Summary Judgment and Orders Trial

A further development in what could become a precedent-setting case involving online political discourse and blogs: the Ontario Court of Appeal has set aside the order of summary judgment in Baglow v Smith and has directed...more

Exciting Announcements to Begin 2011

These are exciting times for my firm, the Smith Law Group. As we ring in the new year and celebrate this blog's fourth anniversary today, I am pleased to announce that Brandy Wingate (pictured) has joined the practice. With...more

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