Strategic lawsuit against Public Participation Law and Legal Definition

Strategic lawsuit against public participation refers to a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. The term is abbreviated as SLAPP and here the plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The purpose of the suit is achieved when the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion, and abandons the criticism.