Aaron Morris – Morris & Stone, LLP

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It's Not Defamation if No One Knows It's You -- Sammy Hagar Defeats Defamation Claim

The first element of defamation is sometimes forgotten. The defamatory statement must be about the plaintiff. In most instances that will be self-evident, but sometimes the identity of the person being defamed will be known…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

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…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Anti-SLAPP Law Does Not Protect Civil Extortion by Attorneys

Despite the prohibitions against doing so, some attorneys can’t resist throwing a threat of criminal action into their demand letters. They apparently think (if they give it any thought at all) that an express or veiled threat…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law
Miguel Mendoza v. Reed K. Hamzeh

Court Rules that Attorney's Demand Letter is Not Protected under Anti-SLAPP Law

Following the prior decision of Flatley v. Mauro, the California Court of Appeal in Miguel Mendoza v. Reed K. Hamzeh finds that a demand letter from an attorney which threatens criminal prosecution is not protected under the…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Appeal Victory -- Court of Appeal Agrees that Penal Code Section 496(c) Allows Recovery of Triple Damages and Attorney Fees for Failure to Repay a Loan if Money Gained Through False Pretense.

The case involved a loan made by our client to the defendant, Igal Feibush. Feibush and his entities failed to repay the loan, and we were retained by the plaintiff to sue. Penal Code section 496(c) makes it illegal to receive…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection
Sharon Bell v. Igal Feibush

Opinion -- California Court of Appeal Permits Treble Damages for Failure to Repay Loan

Court of Appeal affirmed trial court's determination that making a loan based on a false promise to repay amounted to theft by false pretense, and Penal Code 496 therefore applied, entitling the victim to recover treble damages…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Criminal Law

Employee's Report to Human Resources is Protected by SLAPP Statute

Always remember when reviewing a complaint to see if it is a potential SLAPP that the anti-SLAPP statute is not only about speech, it includes the "freedom of petition for the right of grievances", or simply the right of…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Is Rush Limbaugh Facing a Claim for Defamation?

On Wednesday, during his radio show, Rush Limbaugh discussed a college student who had testified at a Congressional hearing, stating that she needed her birth control to be covered by the school's health insurance. Limbaugh…more
| Business Torts, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Lawyers Still Ignorant of Communications Decency Act

There are still many attorneys making money representing clients on Internet defamation cases that can’t be won. They are either ignorant of the law, or ignoring it. My firm has been schooling others on the Communications…more
| Business Torts, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Criminal Code Used in Civil Action to Recover Triple Damages and Attorney Fees

When is a breach of contract also fraud? When the party never intended to perform. So how do you get into the mind of the defendant to determine if he intended to perform when he signed the agreement? Thankfully, California…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Criminal Law

Privileged Speech is not Defamatory Speech, but Privilege Can Be Easily Lost

Some callers to my office, wanting to sue for defamation because someone said terrible, false and hurtful things about them, are disappointed to learn that they cannot seek legal action because the speech falls under a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Definition of a SLAPP Action Much Broader Than Most Attorneys Realize

One of our latest anti-SLAPP victories provides a beautiful illustration of a “stealth” SLAPP suit that the plaintiff’s attorney failed to recognize, to the great expense of his client. …more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Judge Upholds Termination Because "Lactation is not Pregnancy"

A judge in Houston has ruled in favor of an employer who allegedly fired a woman who wanted to use the bathroom to breast-pump. Title VII doesn’t say anything about lactation, so Judge Lynn Hughes found that the lawsuit was…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

District of Columbia Struggling With Anti-SLAPP Law

The District of Columbia instituted an anti-SLAPP procedure back in March but the judges are having a heck of a time figuring it out. Judge Rufus G. King III of the D.C. Superior Court got it right. A local television station…more
| Business Torts, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Freemiums are a Great Law Firm Marketing Tool

Freemiums are a great way to promote a law firm. A potential client visits your blog and is greeted with an offer of an essential report for free. And why would you do that? Because you must capture the client’s email address…more
| Law Firm Marketing
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