H.R. 1304 (111th): Free Speech Protection Act of 2009

Introduced:
Mar 04, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Peter “Pete” King
Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Mar 04, 2009
Length
10 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5814 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 16, 2008

S. 449 (Related)
Free Speech Protection Act of 2009

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 13, 2009

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 4, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Mar 04, 2009
Referred to Committee Mar 04, 2009
 
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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3/4/2009--Introduced.
Free Speech Protection Act of 2009 - 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 primarily 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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