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A strategic lawsuit against public participation, in which a corporation, business, or developer sues an organization in an attempt to scare it into dropping protests against its actions. slapp suits typically involve the environment — for example, a developer might sue local residents, who are petitioning to change zoning laws to prevent a real estate development, for interference with the developer’s business interests. many states have “anti-slapp suit” statutes that protect citizens’ rights to free speech and to petition the government.

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