Leslie Machado

Leslie Machado


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Erasure Laws Don’t Equal Right to be Forgotten

We have previously blogged about the “right to be forgotten,” which has gained a substantial foothold in Europe, and which one nonprofit consumer group has urged the Federal Trade Commission to adopt. While that “right”...more

10/9/2015 - Arrest and Conviction Records Certiorari EU False Light FTC Internet Invasion of Privacy Libel Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Public Information Right to Be Forgotten SCOTUS Websites

When Can A Successful Movant Recover Fees Under the DC Anti-SLAPP Statute?

The first time Burke v. Doe was before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, it established new law, with the Court establishing that the denial of a special motion to dismiss was immediately appealable.  Burke II is now...more

9/23/2015 - ACLU Amicus Briefs Anti-SLAPP Appeals Attorney's Fees Motion to Dismiss Motion To Quash Wikipedia

What’s the Impact of the DC Circuit’s Abbas Decision?

The DC Circuit’s Abbas decision, holding that the DC anti-SLAPP statute does not apply in a federal court diversity case, is beginning to have real-world consequences for litigants in the District of Columbia. Since the...more

8/12/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Defamation Diversity Federal Jurisdiction Libel

Its Time for the Supreme Court to Decide if state anti-SLAPP Statutes Apply in Federal Court

Growing disagreement among federal courts over whether state anti-SLAPP statutes apply in federal court makes clear that the Supreme Court is going to have to resolve this issue. The DC Circuit created a circuit split when...more

7/21/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Pre-Trial Motions SCOTUS Shady Grove

Decision Holding Washington State’s anti-SLAPP Statute Unconstitutional Could Impact DC anti-SLAPP Statute

Last month, the Washington Supreme Court held that state’s anti-SLAPP statute was unconstitutional because it required trial courts to weigh competing evidence – which was a function expressly reserved for the jury. With the...more

7/1/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Burden-Shifting Evidence Jury Trial WA Supreme Court

Federal anti-SLAPP Statute Proposed in Congress

With the District of Columbia Circuit holding that the DC anti-SLAPP act does not apply in federal court, and at least four judges in the Ninth Circuit concluding that Circuit erred in applying state anti-SLAPP statutes in...more

5/22/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Jurisdiction Proposed Legislation

“The Waiting Is the Hardest Part”

As we approach the fourth anniversary of the date the DC anti-SLAPP statute became effective, parties in several high-profile cases know exactly what Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers meant when they sang that “the waiting is the...more

3/23/2015 - Anti-SLAPP

Forras Case Finally Reaches DC Circuit

After a brief – and unsuccessful – return to the federal district court, the appellants in the Forras v. Rauf case (Vincent Forras and Larry Klayman) have filed their opening brief in the DC Circuit. ...more

3/23/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Reflections on the Mann v. CEI Oral Argument

Two days before Thanksgiving, your intrepid blogger joined approximately 60-70 others in the DC Court of Appeals’ ceremonial courtroom to watch the Mann v. CEI oral argument. The panel was comprised of Judges Ruiz, Beckwith...more

3/17/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Motion to Dismiss Standard of Review

Temperatures Rise in Mann Libel Suit

It has been a few months since I wrote about Michael Mann’s libel suit against National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and two contributors. During that time, the parties have been very busy in both the...more

12/22/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Collateral Order Doctrine Libel

Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group DC Circuit Panel

The DC Circuit has announced that the Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group appeal will be heard on October 20, 2014 before Circuit Judges Kavanaugh, Srinivasan, and Senior Circuit Judge Edwards. I thought I would take a quick look...more

10/20/2014 - Abuse of Process Anti-SLAPP Defamation First Amendment Libel

David v. Goliath in DC Superior Court

A “David versus Goliath” battle is playing out in the DC Superior Court, with the DC anti-SLAPP statute in the role of the slingshot. Our “David” is the Center for Defense Advanced Studies (“C4ADS”). According to an...more

9/30/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Doctor’s Slapp at Yelp Reviewer Largely Dismissed by DC Superior Court

Yelp, and websites like it, have certainly added to the development of law in the First Amendment area. The Virginia Supreme Court is poised to decide the standard for unmasking anonymous commentators on websites like Yelp. ...more

8/21/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Defamation First Amendment Social Networks Yelp

PissedConsumer.com SLAPPs Back

From the land of Wayne Newton and Brittney Spears comes news of an interesting lawsuit implicating the Nevada anti-SLAPP statute. Techdirt.com explains that the lawsuit, Opinion Corporation d/b/a PissedConsumer.com v. Nevada...more

6/25/2014 - Anti-SLAPP

Could the DC Circuit Decide the Abbas Appeal While Avoiding the “Erie” Issue?

I have previously explained that Yasser Abbas’s appeal from the district court’s decision, granting the defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion, will likely force the DC Circuit to decide whether the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in...more

6/18/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Erie Doctrine Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Jurisdiction

DC Court of Appeals Holds that Denial of Motion to Quash Under DC Anti-SLAPP Statute Is Immediately Appealable

Yesterday, in its first decision interpreting the DC Anti-SLAPP statute, the DC Court of Appeals (DC’s highest court) held that: - the denial of a special motion to quash under the statute is immediately appealable...more

6/2/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Collateral Order Doctrine Motions to Quash

Fourth Federal Court Judge Holds That DC Anti-SLAPP Statute Can Be Applied In Federal Court

Another DC federal court judge recently held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court, and applied it to dismiss a libel and related torts action. This decision, in Forras v. Rauf, means that four DC federal...more

5/6/2014 - Abuse of Process Anti-SLAPP Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

Does “Tolled” Mean “Suspended” Or “Extended” In §1367(D)?

Every day, complaints are filed in federal court with claims brought under both federal and state law. If the federal court dismisses or grants judgment on those claims that provide a basis for federal jurisdiction, it has...more

3/17/2014 - Federal Jurisdiction Statute of Limitations Tolling

My DC Anti-SLAPP Motion Was Denied! — Now What?

In 2011, the District of Columbia joined 28 states in passing legislation aimed at stopping Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation suits. SLAPP suits are usually brought by powerful interests who want to silence...more

3/12/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Interlocutory Appeals Motions to Quash

Abbas Appeal Will Likely Force DC Circuit To Decide Erie Issue

Unless something unexpected happens, the Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group appeal will force the DC Circuit to expressly decide whether the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court (the so-called “Erie” issue). ...more

3/3/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Erie Doctrine

Checking In On Michael Mann’s Libel Suit

When we last wrote about Michael Mann’s libel suit against National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and two individual defendants, the DC Superior Court had denied anti-SLAPP motions filed by all defendants. Since...more

1/30/2014 - Anti-SLAPP

Three Takeaways From The DC Circuit’s Farah v. Esquire Decision

The DC Circuit’s decision in Farah v. Esquire Magazine turned out to be a dud from an anti-SLAPP perspective. The court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Farah’s Complaint, but did so under Rule 12(b)(6), thus...more

12/10/2013 - Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss

Farah v. Esquire: a Primer

I have previously blogged about the panel that will be hearing the Farah v. Esquire appeal on October 3. Here’s a brief summary on the relevant background facts, the proceedings in the district court and the pertinent issues...more

9/23/2013 - Anti-SLAPP De Novo Standard of Review Defamation False Light Invasion of Privacy Lanham Act Parody

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