HBSledgehammer University: Online Syllabus-ETHICS 104 – SLAPP Lawsuits.

Welcome to HBSledgehammer University:

Online Education. ETHICS 104- SLAPP Lawsuits.

Professor: Miss Smith. 714-536-9303 email: mssmith@HBsledgehammer.edu

Introduction.

We have prepared this syllabus for your use.

In this class, we will cover the fundamentals of what constitutes a SLAPP Lawsuit.

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Next we will cover why SLAPP Suits are filed Including:

  • Attempts to silence political critics
  • Attempts to intimidate political critics
  • Confusion over the intent or direction of a statement.
  • Inability of a public figure or business to accept the fact that they are disliked
  • Inability of a public figure or business to effectively accept open criticism
  • Paranoia
  • Mental Illness
  • Being a total asshole
  • And Finally, Bat Shit Craziness

The class will then review important case law pertaining to SLAPP suits including:

  • HUSTLER MAGAZINE, INC. V. FALWELL 485 U.S. 46 (1988)
  • Scott v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation (1974) 37 Cal.App.3d 277, 288.
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. v. Paladino (2001) 89 Cal.App.4th 294, 308.
  • Barrett v. Rosenthal, 40 Cal. 4th 33, 41 n.4 (2006
  • Ampex v. Cargle, 128 Cal. App. 4th 1569, 1576 (2005)
  • Franklin v. Dynamic Details, Inc. (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 375, 385. 
  • Chaker v. Mateo (2012) 209 CA4th 1138, 1148.
  • Ghafur v. Bernstein (2005) 131 Cal.App.4th 1230,1238.

Finally, we will cover ANTI SLAPP law Including:

  • The severe financial consequences of filing a bogus lawsuit
  • The embarrassment of having your ass handed to you in open court
  • The potential for the intended “Victim” of your SLAPP suit to mock you mercilessly
  • The feeling of abject failure resulting from having your SLAPP suit tossed by a Judge within minutes of reading the complaint.
  • And a recap of the additional fees and costs that the Plaintiff will pay as a result of a gleeful attorney for the defendant taking the case on contingency.

 

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