Anschutze Entertainment Group, INC, et al. v. Frank W. Snepp III, et al.

Decision of Court of Appeal, Second District


In Anschutze Entertainment Group, INC, et al. v. Frank W. Snepp III, et al., Plaintiffs sued Mr. Snepp, NBC Universal, Inc. and NBC Subsidiary, Inc. (KNBC-TV) for defamation for a television segment, which implied that the Staples Center was unsafe and likely to experience a conflagration.

Defendants filed two special motions to strike (Plaintiffs filed two complaints) and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Hess denied them both. Defendants appealed.

The central question on appeal was whether identifying a wholly owned subsidiary in a retraction (and not the parent company) was sufficiently specific to meet the requirements of Civil Code section 48 subdivision (1). The answer is no.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 9th Circuit, California | United States

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