1. a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people
1. a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of victims of fraud, such as SLAPP suit victims (see fraud definition)
b : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting
Those were heady days for schaden-fraud in Hoboken.
Giggling over "nervous defendants." Terrorized members of an opposing political faction appearing to give up their First Amendment rights ("going silent") to the delight of the schaden-frauders. The schaden-frauders find the silence of the other faction "hilarious" because they are "stymied by fear."
That should tell you everything you need to know about the intent and purpose of the SLAPP suit.
If it does not, read highlighted text below.
This fraud was perpetuated by the silence of those laughing.
Instead of schaden-fraud, they could have spoken up for the First Amendment.