Established May 28, 2017

Welcome To The Florida Anti‑SLAPP Project

Fighting Those Who Seek To Suppress Free Speech

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UPDATE (Wednesday, April 21, 2021) -- Apparently, the 4th DCA has changed up the rules of Florida defamation law. But it hasn't told anyone.

See, I won a jury verdict against Veterinary & Human Partners International two summers ago, but for reasons still unknown to me, the jury awarded the individual plaintiff in the action $12,000, based on insults such as "sleazy," "sneaky," "greedy," "scum of the earth," "immoral," and "deceptive," words that every human being on the planet knows are not capable of being proven true or false.

So I filed an appeal with the 4th DCA. Not only did the DCA junk my appeal with all of the other PCAs but it refused to explain its reasoning upon my motion for a written opinion.

The judges to whom my appeal was assigned were Chief Judge Spencer Levine, Judge Robert Gross, and Judge Edward Artau.

All I can glean from the decision of these esteemed judges is that opinions are no longer protected in Florida. That free speech is dead. What other conclusion can I make? If I'm wrong, please tell me. If I'm right, please tell these judges that they erred and it would display tons of integrity for them to issue a revised opinion.

As I always tell kids, it's never too late to do the right thing. That certainly holds true for public servants.

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What Is A SLAPP

(Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation)

Contemplating Filing A Phony Defamation Lawsuit? Here's Some Advice: Don't Do It. Just Don't.

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 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 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.