Massachusetts law about anti-SLAPP

Laws, cases, web sources, and print sources on Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP).

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Massachusetts law

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MGL c.231, § 59H Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP)
Allows a defendant who believes he has been targeted because of the exercise of his right to petition to file a special motion to dismiss early in the process. Special motion to dismiss may be filed within sixty days of the service of the complaint or, in the court's discretion, at any later time upon terms it deems proper.

Federal law

42 USC §§ 14501 et seq. Volunteer protection act of 1997

Selected cases

Web sources

Public Participation Project
A coalition which is working to pass anti-SLAPP legislation in Congress. Public Participation Project also assists individuals and organizations working to pass anti-SLAPP legislation at the state level and offers a summary of laws and cases for each state. 

Print sources

LexisNexis practice guide: Massachusetts civil pretrial practice, annual, LexisNexis.
Chapter 6. Interlocutory relief: anti-SLAPP and single justice practice.

Massachusetts municipal law, MCLE, 2nd ed., loose-leaf, chapter 7.

Massachusetts tort law manual, 3rd edition, MCLE, loose-leaf, chapter 7, section 7.2.7

Tort law, 3rd ed., (Mass Practice v.37) Thomson/West, 2005 with supplement. Section 6.6. 

"Of sexy phone calls and well-aimed golf balls: anti-SLAPP statutes in recent land-use damages litigation," 36 Urban lawyer 375 (2004).


Last updated: May 22, 2023

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