This section covers the state law governing libel suits. The standards governing such suits are influenced by many things, including whether the subject of a story is a public figure or public official. This also covers the defenses to libel suits, including the "fair report" privilege, the opinion defense and anti-SLAPP laws.

North Carolina

House Bill 746, which provides a remedy for SLAPP defendants, was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives in April 2011. However, as of press time, it did not appear that the House had passed the bill or that it had otherwise become law.


There is no statute or cases in Wyoming addressing SLAPP suits.


Under the Nevada anti-SLAPP statute, a person who engages in a good faith communication in furtherance of the right of petition is immune from civil liability for claims based on the communication. Nev. Rev. Stat. 41.650 (2010).


There is no statute or cases in Kentucky addressing SLAPP suits.

North Dakota

There is no statute or cases in North Dakota addressing SLAPP suits.


There is no statute or cases in Wisconsin addressing SLAPP suits.