Snyder Suit SLAPP-Down

Snyder Suit SLAPP-Down

The ACLU wants to slap Dan Snyder with a penalty. That’s Dan Snyder, millionaire owner of DC’s NFL team, and SLAPP, as in Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. A SLAPP is a rich man’s bludgeon, used to suppress criticism or other actions by pesky peons who lack the financial resources to fight back. In this case, a critical sportswriter in DC’s weekly alternative newspaper. Mr. Snyder first filed his SLAPP in New York, then re-filed in the District of Columbia.

But DC has an anti-SLAPP law, as the ACLU just reminded him. Some other folks noted that, too, and signed on to the ACLU’s amicus brief: D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (a law professor), National Public Radio, Public Citizen, the American Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, WJLA-TV 7, and WUSA-TV (Channel 9).


“ACLU, Others Ask Court to Dismiss Dan Snyder Lawsuit,” Mike Madden, Washington City Paper

“The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder,” Dave McKenna, Washington City Paper

Image (“Dan Snyder Penalty”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “Snyder Suit SLAPP-Down”

  1. Dan Snyder Stops Embarrassing the NFL « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] is a monumental jerk. The fact that his suit clearly violated the District of Columbia’s anti-SLAPP law might have had something to do with this […]

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