The world’s leading digital rights organization is helping to secure a defense for the Beaver Countian from a frivolous defamation lawsuit filed against it by a group of local politicos.
Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reviewed the circumstances surrounding the case against BeaverCountian.com and the organization is now arranging for a defense by one of their cooperating law firms located in Pittsburgh.
Former “Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough” Treasurer Richard Lapinski (husband of former Economy Borough Councilwoman Michelle Lapinski), along with George E. Fiztgerald (who campaigned for Mayor of Economy Borough), and Mary Jo Sivy (who campaigned for Tax collector), filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging defamation by the Beaver Countian and officials with the Beaver County Democratic Party and the Democratic Party Of Economy Borough.
This site has published a lengthy editorial about the lawsuit titled “A Slaphappy Lawsuit From A Merry Band Of Fools” that provided extensive background about the case.
The EFF was founded in 1990 to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. The international nonprofit organization champions causes of user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.
The EFF is currently leading litigation against the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program in conjunction with efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A staff member for the organization is now serving as the “digital bodyguard” for Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, helping to secure source material provided to the reporter by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
BeaverCountian.com will announce the law firm that will be representing it as local counsel in the near future.
It’s Nothing But A SLAPP In The Face
A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit 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 typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. (via Wikipedia / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License)