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Source-This post on SLAPP Suits has been created based on the article “Why Supreme Court allowed Bloomberg’s article against ZEE to remain online” published in “The Indian Express” on 30 March 2024.

Why in the news?

The Supreme Court has recently overruled a trial judge’s order that directed Bloomberg to remove its article on SEBI’s investigation into Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE).

About SLAPP Suits

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Description-It stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation.

Origin-The concept of a SLAPP lawsuit evolved in the US. There, lawsuits were filed against individual who voiced their concern over important or considerable social issues in the public arena.

Objective-To target an act of public participation which speaks out against abuse of power. This may include journalism, advocacy, whistleblowing, peaceful protests or boycotts, activism.

Main focus-Winning the lawsuit is not the focus. The petitioner goal is accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear and intimidation and then subsequently withdraw his criticism.

Purpose of fill SLAPP suits-They are routinely filed for defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, conspiracy, invasion of privacy, and tortious interference with contract or business relationships. For ex- most common SLAPP suits often involves a powerful corporation suing local citizens for speaking against their company.

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NOTE- Ex-parte Injunction-

It is a court order that is issued without hearing from the other party that is involved in the case. It is only granted in emergency situations where there is a risk of irreparable harm if immediate action is not taken.

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