Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Council Delays Stand on Lawsuit Bill.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Legislation Would Ban 'Nuisance' Cases

The Rio Rancho City Council has put off asking state legislators to support a bill against "strategic lawsuits against public participation," also known as SLAPP suits.

District 3 Councilor Felicie Truscio introduced the resolution and said she wanted the state to ban lawsuits by developers or companies against residents and public officials who have spoken out against a development or new business.

"I believe that a person has the right to speak out against a development, not in a derogatory way, not defamation," Truscio said Friday. "I look at it more to protect individuals' right to their opinions publicly without fear of being sued. …

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