California Supreme Court Watch

May 08, 2019
#19-45 Symmonds v. Mahoney, S254646. (B283529; 31 Cal.App.5th 1096; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC620563.)

#19-45 Symmonds v. Mahoney, S254646. (B283529; 31 Cal.App.5th 1096; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC620563.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed an order denying a special motion to strike in a civil action. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in Wilson v. Cable News Network, Inc., S239686 (#17-83), which presents the following issue: In deciding whether an employee’s claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and defamation arise from protected activity for purposes of a special motion to strike (Code of Civ. Proc., § 425.16), what is the relevance of an allegation that the employer acted with a discriminatory or retaliatory motive?

Review granted/briefing deferred: 04/24/2019

See the Court of Appeal opinion.