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Settlement in Case Involving First Amendment and SLAPP Issues

A noteworthy case involving free speech issues in which The Kaplan Law Firm represented the Defendant has settled.  The Plaintiff in the case, titled Bret Wade v Erin Foster, had sued my client, Erin Foster, for over $1.5 million, alleging that Foster had falsely accused him of sexually assaulting her.  My client countersued, asserting that her statements were true and seeking damages for having been sexually assaulted.  Under the settlement agreement, which was negotiated at a mediation session presided over by a…

First Amendment: Defending Right to Speak About Sexual Assault

In an important First Amendment case, The Kaplan Law Firm currently represents a client being sued for, according to the lawsuit against her, reporting that she was sexually assaulted.  This case highlights an unfortunate aspect of our legal system—individuals who have money can sue others who say things that they do not like, even if they have little hope of winning the case, and use the enormous costs of defending oneself from a lawsuit for defamation to silence such individuals.  This…