George W. Pring is Professor of Law at the University of Denver. Penelope Canan is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. They are the co-directors of the Political Litigation Project at the University of Denver.
Preface 1. The Onslaught of SLAPPs Cases in Point * The Definition: What Are "SLAPPs"? * The Process: How SLAPPs work * Why Not SLAPPs? Sympathy for Filers 2. The Constitution's Great Safeguard: The Right to Petition The Theory Behind "Open Government" * The Supreme Court and the Fact Quagmire * The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine and the "Sham" Exception * The Omni Case: A Success Model * SLAPPs: More than a "Legal" Problem 3. Real Estate SLAPPs: Developers, Land Use, and Growth Turning Up the Heat A Classic Real Estate Developer SLAPP * A Rash of SLAPPs * Repeat Players and Developers' Motives * A Protective Precedent 4. The Ultimate SLAPP: Public Servants Turning on the Taxpayers The Police SLAPP * The School SLAPP * The Public Official SLAPP 5. Eco-SLAPPs: Turning the Tables on the Environmental Movement SLAPPs in the Wilderness * "Pollution Buster" SLAPPs * Animal Rights and Wrongs 6. "Not in My Backyard" SLAPPs: Care Homes, Landfills, and Other "LULUs" Turning Up on Our Doorsteps The Least Objectionable LULUs * More Objectionable LULUs * The Most Objectionable LULUs * The Spreading Spectrum and the Solution 7. Rights SLAPPs: Turning Against Consumers', Workers', Women's...and Your Rights The Caveat Emptor SLAPP * What Rights Are Left? 8. Judicial Cures: Managing the SLAPP Managing SLAPPs Before They Happen * Managing SLAPPs as Soon as They Happen * Managing SLAPPs in Court 9. Judicial Cures: Managing the SLAPPback The Birth and Growth of SLAPPbacks * The Legal Grounds for SLAPPbacks 10. Anti-SLAPP Legislation and Other Cures The Legislative Cure: "Anti-SLAPP Laws" * A Model Anti-SLAPP Bill * Executive Branch Contributions Appendix: The SLAPPs Study Methods and Findings: A Conflict Between Democracy and Capitalism The Study Methodology * The Study Findings Notes Index