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What is 'petitioning'?
 
What are the origins of the right to petition?
 
What does the petition clause in the First Amendment guarantee?
 
Can government entities besides Congress restrict petitioning?
 
What must the government do in response to petitioning?
 
Are SLAPP suits illegal?
 

No, parties can attempt to file such suits, but the First Amendment’s petition clause guarantees the right of all interested parties to attempt to enlist the government on their side of an issue or dispute. The vast majority of the case law and commentary — both popular and scholarly — supports that right, and suggests that the remedy for dissatisfaction with the statements of another party is more speech directed toward government, not more litigation.


 
 
Is lobbying considered a form of petition?
 
Do anti-SLAPP laws apply to online libel suits?
 
Do prisoners have access to law libraries and legal advisers as part of the freedom to petition?
 
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