Jul 01, 2009
Court of Appeal reverses denial of anti-SLAPP motion for GMSR clients

Ruttlen v. County of Los Angeles (2009) 2009 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5406 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. The Court of Appeal reversed the denial of anti-SLAPP motions in favor of GMSR’s clients, ruling the motions should have been granted and awarding attorneys’ fees to the clients. The court held that the anti-SLAPP statute applied to defendants’ comments to the press and to the Board of Supervisors deputies about the tragic death of Isabel Rodriguez on the floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Harbor Hospital emergency room. The court also ruled the plaintiff would probably not prevail because these comments were protected by the official-duty, official proceeding, and common-interest privileges.