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We're sending an open letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, demanding that he take up legislation to ban bogus SLAPP suits immediately. Can you add your name?

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Okay, Okay… we’re not actually going to sue you if you say something bad about us. But this is exactly what’s happening to people who post negative comments on Yelp, Airbnb, and other sites.

Companies and powerful individuals are using bogus “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” or SLAPP suits, to intimidate people into taking down their negative reviews. These lawsuits have zero legal merit. They are simply ways for powerful entities to threaten and intimidate people into submission.

This is censorship at its worst. The Internet makes it easier for people to speak their minds. It makes it easier for people to question power and challenge the establishment. It’s a great thing for millions of people, but for some business owners and public figures, it means they may have to be accountable. They hate that.

Some states have already passed laws to make it easier for judges to dismiss these bogus SLAPP lawsuits so that their victims don’t get caught up in time consuming and costly litigation. It’s time for Congress to pass a federal law to ensure that no one who exercises their free speech on the Internet has to go through a lengthy legal process to defend themselves from bogus SLAPP suits.

Here are a few examples of people who have been SLAPPed for expressing their opinions online:

Have you been hit with a SLAPP suit?

If you have personally been affected by one of these bogus lawsuits, we want to hear from you. Click here to share your story. You can share your name or stay anonymous if you like. The important things is that we collect stories of SLAPP suits and how they hurt people so we can make Congress understand how serious this issue is.