Award of Attorney's Fees is Proper for Successful Anti-Slapp Motion in Addition to Fee Claims Related to Malicious Prosecution Action


In Jackson v. Yarbray 2009 DJDAR 16000 (2009) the Second Appellate District affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded the case for further proceedings. The opinion was ordered published only in part.

In the published portion of the opinion, the court held that an award of attorney’s fees for the successful prosecution of an anti-SLAPP motion did not preclude the moving party from being awarded additional litigation fees, unrelated to the SLAPP suit fee award, in a subsequent malicious prosecution action. More importantly, the court ruled that the Defendant in the malicious prosecution action had the burden of proving that the fees requested, were covered by those awarded in the SLAPP suit motion.

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