Free Speech, Defamation, and Anti-SLAPP

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” – Milton, Areopagitica

Dan Booth Law is dedicated to defending the fundamental protections of free speech, a free press, and the right to petition guaranteed in the First Amendment. Our First Amendment law practice prevents both governmental and private attempts to restrain free expression, handling critical, cutting-edge issues involving news gathering and reporting; gag orders, subpoenas, and prior restraint; the litigation privilege, reporters’ privilege, the fair report privilege, and statutory shield laws; defamation, libel, and slander; privacy and anonymous speech; advertising and commercial speech; censorship, obscenity, and indecency; pre-publication review, cease-and-desist letters, and takedown notices; access to public records, Sunshine Acts, and the Freedom of Information Act; copyright, fair use, transformative use, and the Visual Artists Rights Act; trademark law, nominative fair use, and expressive works; Internet service providers, user-generated content, and the Communications Decency Act/Section 230. We have won landmark cases involving claims of online defamation, and we have a strong track record defeating frivolous lawsuits that attack First Amendment rights — Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPP suits — with successful anti-SLAPP motions in state and federal courts. We have also won decisive victories in UDRP arbitration cases, defeating attempts to suppress free speech online.

Representative cases include: