May 25, 2023
Letter in support of OK anti-SLAPP law
SPJ signed onto a coalition letter in support of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s veto. House Bill 1236 would have weakened Oklahoma’s anti-SLAPP law and have citizens face costs for expensive and meritless lawsuits. Under the Oklahoma Citizens Protection Act, the state’s anti-SLAPP law, a defendant who is sued for defamation and wins a motion to dismiss the case can recover costs and attorney fees. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed House Bill 1236, which would have removed the ability to recover those costs.