State Senator Larry Farnese says he'll introduce legislation in Harrisburg making it easier for groups subject to intimidating SLAPP lawsuits to have the cases dismissed or recover legal costs after the fact. The announcement was made in reaction to the dissolution of Old City Civic Association. The group disbanded after it could no longer afford liability insurance because of mounting legal costs despite never losing a case or having to pay a settlement.
Read the full press release from Senator Farnese's office below:
Twenty-seven states and the Territory of Guam have already passed anti-SLAPP legislation. In 2000, Pennsylvania passed limited anti-SLAPP legislation that applies only to environmental law and regulatory processes.
Jared Brey is a freelance reporter based in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in Philadelphia magazine, Hidden City, The Philadelphia Inquirer, City & State, and other publications. He covered development, zoning policy, historic preservation, and city government for PlanPhilly from 2011-2016.