Strategic lawsuit against public participationStrategic lawsuits against public participation
) refers to litigation
filed by a large corporation
to silence a less powerful critic by so burdening them with the cost of a legal defense that they abandon their criticism.
The US state of California has a statute that is intended to prevent the misuse of litigation in SLAPP suits.
Critics of Scientology claim that the organization regularly files SLAPP lawsuits against its opponents, and that the practice was written into Scientology "scripture" by L. Ron Hubbard.