State legislatures in states like California passed "anti-SLAPP" laws to allow small individuals to defend themselves from "Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation" - nuisance lawsuits filed by deep-pocketed corporations in order to punish or silence critics and whistleblowers. But now corporations are abusing anti-SLAPP laws by filing motions against individual critics like me.
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