SB 0268 Authorizes special motion to dismiss in Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
Sponsor:Loudon Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:0169S.02I Fiscal Note:0169-02
Committee:Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:03/17/03 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary & Civil & Criminal Journal page:
Jurisprudence Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SB 268 - This act grants early consideration of any action seeking money damages against a person for conduct or speech made in connection with a public hearing or meeting. All pending discovery shall be suspended pending a final decision on the motion. This act also mandates that if the rights of this section are used as an affirmative defense and the court grants a motion to dismiss on those grounds, reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred by the moving party will be awarded. If the court finds the motion to dismiss is frivolous, the court shall award costs and attorney fees to the prevailing party. If a party raises the motion under the provisions of this act, the party shall have the right to an expedited appeal.