H.R. 5814 (110th): Free Speech Protection Act of 2008

Introduced:
Apr 16, 2008 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

S. 2977 (same title)
Referred to Committee — May 06, 2008

Sponsor
Peter “Pete” King
Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Apr 16, 2008
Length
10 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1304 (111th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 04, 2009

S. 2977 (Related)
Free Speech Protection Act of 2008

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 06, 2008

 
Status

This bill was introduced on April 16, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Apr 16, 2008
Referred to Committee Apr 16, 2008
 
Full Title

To create a Federal cause of action to determine whether defamation exists under United States law in cases in which defamation actions have been brought in foreign courts against United States persons on the basis of publications or speech in the United States.

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Cosponsors
14 cosponsors (12R, 2D) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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4/16/2008--Introduced.
Free Speech Protection Act of 2008 - Allows any U.S. person against whom a lawsuit for defamation is brought in a foreign country on the basis of the content of any speech by that person that has been published, uttered, or otherwise disseminated in the United States to bring an action in a U.S. district court against any person who, or entity which, brought the suit, if the speech at issue in the foreign lawsuit does not constitute defamation under U.S. law.
Allows the award of treble damages if it is determined by a preponderance of the evidence that the person or entity bringing the foreign lawsuit intentionally engaged in a scheme to suppress rights under the First Amendment to the Constitution by discouraging publishers or other media from publishing, or by discouraging financial supporters from employing, retaining, or supporting the research, writing, or other speech of an individual.

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