Guam law strongly discourages lawsuits against protesters

BY R. TODD THOMPSON

Businesspeople should think long and hard before taking legal action against a person or group that speaks out against their business or petitions the government to block a project or contract.

Free speech and the right to petition the government for redress are fundamental rights entrenched in the federal Constitution and the Organic Act of Guam. And Guam — like most U.S. jurisdictions — has adopted strong legislation calculated to discourage the filing of strategic lawsuits to limit public participation in governance.

In 1998, the Guam Legislature enacted the Citizen Participation in Government Act [7 . . .

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