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Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)

Missouri, like most states, has laws prohibiting and/or creating liability for strategic lawsuits against public participation (“SLAPP”). 

Under Missouri’s Anti-SLAPP statute in Section 537.528, RSMo, an action seeking money damages against a person for conduct or speech occurring in connection with a public hearing or meeting is subject to special motions to dismiss, for judgment on the pleadings or for summary judgment, and such motions are to be considered on an expedited basis. Moschenross v. St. Louis County, 188 S.W.3d 13, 24 (Mo. Ct. App. 2006). 

Importantly, the statute is limited to meetings established and held by a “state or local governmental entity, including without limitations meetings or presentations before state, county, city town or village councils, planning commissions, review boards or commissions.” Section 537.528.4, RSMo. 

A prevailing party may also be awarded his/her/its reasonable attorney fees. Contact