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“The Rapid Evolution of Illinois’s Anti-SLAPP Statute,” Communication Lawyer

In this article, Jenner & Block Partners Debbie L. Berman and Wade A. Thomson and Associate Leah K. Williams examine Illinois’ anti-SLAPP legislation.  The authors explain that the state’s Citizen Participation Act (CPA) was initially believed to be among the strongest anti-SLAPP laws in the country when it was enacted in 2007.  Judicial applications since then have made it harder for defendants to seek a speedy motion to dismiss a meritless lawsuit.  They argue that the Illinois General Assembly should add back some of the protections that were originally envisioned; still, they observe, “the Illinois CPA remains a powerful tool for defendants.”