Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crackdown on Libel Tourism

The House of Representatives just passed a bill preventing American courts from enforcing libel judgments obtained in foreign countries if those countries provide less free speech protection than the United States. Hopefully, the Senate will pass a companion bill before it recesses.

As reported in the New York Times:

The bill on 'libel tourism' strikes an important blow for free expression. American law imposes a high bar on libel lawsuits—far higher than many other countries. To get around these free-speech protections, some plaintiffs have been bringing lawsuits in Britain where libel protections are notoriously weak.

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