SLAPPs are Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. These damaging suits chill free speech and healthy debate by targeting those who communicate with their government or speak out on issues of public interest.
SLAPPs are used to silence and harass critics by forcing them to spend money to defend these baseless suits. SLAPP filers don’t go to court to seek justice. Rather, SLAPPS are intended to intimidate those who disagree with them or their activities by draining the target’s financial resources.
SLAPPs take the form of a variety of lawsuits. They commonly masquerade as defamation or business interference tort suits. ”
Luckily states like Utah have anti-SLAPP statutes that punish frivolous lawsuits filed in an attempt to silence others.