California Supreme Court Watch

Dec 18, 2018
#18-170 Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment, S251822. (B280526; 26 Cal.App.5th 759; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC548468.)

#18-170 Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment, S251822. (B280526; 26 Cal.App.5th 759; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC548468.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed in part and reversed in part an order granting in part and denying in part a special motion to strike in a civil action. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in FilmOn.com v. Doubleverify, Inc., S244157 (#17-316), which presents the following issue: In determining whether challenged activity furthers the exercise of constitutional free speech rights on a matter of public interest within the meaning of Civil Code section 425.16, should a court take into consideration the commercial nature of that speech, including the identity of the speaker, the identity of the audience and the intended purpose of the speech?

Review granted, briefing deferred: 12/12/2018

See the California Court of Appeal opinion.