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H.R. 7771 (116th): Citizen Participation Act of 2020

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The bill comes as a SLAPP in the face of people who try to stifle free speech.


SLAPP lawsuits, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, are a strongarm tactic most frequently used by corporations or prominent individuals with the hopes of stifling dissent. The practice, involving filing expensive lawsuits with little chance of prevailing legally, has been increasing in recent years.

While the lawsuits rarely succeed, their real intent is to burden defendants with high litigation costs or fear of losing their business or assets. This strategy is used because the U.S. maintains relatively strong speech rights, with defamation, libel, and slanders cases extremely difficult to win. But if you’ve got deep enough pockets, frivolous lawsuits can still be a viable approach.

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Steve Cohen

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Length: 12 pages
Jul 24, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 24, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jul 24, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 7771 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7771. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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