How to Use the “Wall of Wrong” to Determine if a Proposed Defamation Case is a SLAPP -- Shaheen Sadeghi v. Delilah Snell


The tale starts with an article in OC Weekly. The article was about a guy named Shaheen Sadeghi. The article was extremely favorable to Sadeghi, referring to him as the “Curator of Cool” and discussing his amazing success in Orange County.

However, someone quoted in the article criticized Sadeghi. Sadeghi in turn took exception with the mild criticism, and sued in Orange County Superior Court, alleging in his complaint that the person “orally accused Mr. Sadeghi of threatening to copy [Defendant's] business idea and plan if Ms. Snell did not move into Plaintiff’s retail center.”

Sadeghi then alleged causes of action for (1) slander, (2) slander per se, (3) libel, (4) libel per se, (5) invasion of privacy/false light, (6) intentional interference with economic prospective advantage (sic), (7) negligent interference with economic prospective advantage (sic), (8) unfair competition, and (9) injunctive relief. Defendant responded with an anti-SLAPP motion.

Were the comments defamatory, or was the complaint just a SLAPP designed to silence a critic? Let’s take Mr. Sadeghi to the Wall of Wrong to see.

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