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Anti-SLAPP Statute Raised in Planned Parenthood Protest Lawsuit

The DC anti-SLAPP statute has been invoked in a Superior Court lawsuit in which plaintiffs arguing that students need to be free from disruptions in the school environment are facing off against anti-abortion protestors....more

4/21/2016 - Abortion Anti-SLAPP Educational Institutions First Amendment Free Speech Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Planned Parenthood Protests Students

DC Court of Appeals Affirms February 2012 Denial of Anti-SLAPP Motion in Newmyer v. Huntington

Waaaaaaay back in early 2012, after a defendant (Huntington) filed a counterclaim against a plaintiff (Newmyer) for defamation, false light and related torts, Newmyer responded by filing an anti-SLAPP motion. Newmyer’s...more

3/17/2016 - Anti-SLAPP Defamation False Light First Amendment Free Speech

DC’s Highest Court Holds Successful Anti-SLAPP Movant Is “Presumptively” Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees

Here are my three takeaways from yesterday’s DC Court of Appeals’ decision, holding that a successful movant under the DC anti-SLAPP statute “is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees in the ordinary course – i.e.,...more

3/14/2016 - Anti-SLAPP Attorney's Fees First Amendment Free Speech

Second Circuit Decision Creates Circuit Split and Could Impact Pending DC Appeal

An important decision issued by the Second Circuit last week adds to the growing dissonance among the federal circuits on anti-SLAPP motions.  The ruling could impact a case pending before the DC Court of Appeals, and creates...more

3/4/2016 - Anti-SLAPP Collateral Order Doctrine First Amendment Free Speech Libel

Oklahoma Appellate Court Rules New anti-SLAPP Statute Does Not Apply Retroactively

From the state “where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain” comes an appellate decision that might seem familiar to readers of this blog. In March 2013, three Oklahoma plaintiffs filed suit against a media entity,...more

2/23/2016 - Anti-SLAPP Defamation Free Speech Retroactivity

Are We Witnessing A Pushback By Courts To Anti-SLAPP Motions?

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the date the DC anti-SLAPP statute became effective, recent decisions have me wondering if we are witnessing increased hostility against anti-SLAPP statutes nationwide?...more

2/12/2016 - Anti-SLAPP First Amendment Free Speech Hewlett-Packard Oracle Public Interest TCPA

Is There a “Classic” SLAPP Case?

One of the interesting things about the Doe v. Burke II appeal is the Superior Court’s reasoning that, although the complaint was dismissed under the DC anti-SLAPP statute, no attorneys’ fees were warranted because the case...more

2/4/2016 - Anti-SLAPP First Amendment Free Speech

Congress Acts to Ban Gag Clauses in Consumer Contracts

There is not a lot that all members of the U.S. Senate can agree on these days, but protecting the ability of consumers to write reviews of businesses is apparently an issue on which there is unanimity. First some background....more

1/27/2016 - Angie's List Consumer Contracts FTC Non-Disparagement Provisions Online Reviews Pending Legislation TripAdvisor Yelp

Another Court Imposes a “Public Interest” Requirement for anti-SLAPP motions

After my post on the Vermont Supreme Court’s decision, requiring all motions under Vermont’s anti-SLAPP statute to be based upon speech made in connection with an issue of public interest, a reader sent me a decision from a...more

1/7/2016 - Anti-SLAPP First Amendment Free Speech Public Interest VT Supreme Court

Is there a “Public Interest” Requirement for anti-SLAPP Motions?

Does a party moving under the DC anti-SLAPP statute need to show that the claim arises from a statement made in connection with an issue of public interest?  While the text of the DC anti-SLAPP statute suggests the answer is...more

12/30/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Free Speech Public Interest VT Supreme Court

Governmental entities and anti-SLAPP statutes

Earlier this year, in Henne v. City of Yakima, the Washington State Supreme Court held that the City of Yakima could not move under that state’s anti-SLAPP statute where it was the recipient – rather than speaker – of the...more

12/23/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Free Speech Government Entities Motion To Strike WA Supreme Court

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 - Certiorari Criminal Records 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 Motions 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

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