John Oliver is right about anti-SLAPP laws, but American defamation laws still need reform

In last night’s stunning segment about HBO’s legal victory over coal magnate Bob Murray that included a musical number with line dancers, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver made a strong case for implementing anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) legislation in every corner of the United States.

Unfortunately, he did not go nearly far enough. While anti-SLAPP legislation is indeed a necessary safeguard against businesses and large corporations terrifying…