Obama Signs 'Libel Tourism' Law

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Obama Signs 'Libel Tourism' Law

Aug 12 2010

Culminating a years-long lobbying campaign organized by the Association of American Publishers, President Obama this week signed the Speech Act, a law that prohibits federal courts from recognizing or enforcing foreign libel judgments in the U.S. that do not pass First Amendment muster. The law seeks to put an end to a practice known as "libel tourism," which allows U.S. authors to be sued in foreign courts with more "plaintiff-friendly foreign libel laws," such as the U.K.

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