Anti-SLAPP Law

California’s anti-SLAPP statute is a powerful tool. It allows the trial court to dismiss a plaintiff’s claims very early, if the claims arise from an act in furtherance of the rights of petition or free speech in connection with a public issue, unless the plaintiff can show a probability of success.  There’s been an explosion of anti-SLAPP rulings in recent years, and many of those rulings make their way to the appellate courts.  GMSR has successfully handled anti-SLAPP appeals addressing an array of issues.

Oct 12, 2022 Alana H. Rotter
Is Your Anti-SLAPP Ruling Appealable? An Overview of California and Ninth Circuit Rules

Wondering whether the partial grant of an anti-SLAPP motion, or the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion, is appealable?  A new ABTL Report article by GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews anti-SLAPP appealability in California and the Ninth Circuit, including which rulings are immediately appealable and the impact

Baral v. Schnitt (Jan. 28, 2022, B298050) 2022 WL 263108 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client and his co-investors agreed to sell their accounting software business.  After the sale closed, an investor who had received $3.6 million for his share sued the client for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, claiming that he had forced the sale against the

Court Of Appeal Reverses $3.5 Million Jury Award And JNOV Denial, Ordering Entry Of Judgment For GMSR’s Client

GMSR’s client and his co-investors agreed to sell their accounting software business.  After the sale closed, an investor who had received $3.6 million for his share sued the client for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, claiming that he had forced the sale against the

Nov 03, 2020 Alana H. Rotter
Join us at the USC Gould School of Law 46th Annual Trust and Estate Conference online!

Friday, November 13 at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time Alana Rotter, Appellate Specialist at Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, along with Paul Gordon Hoffman, Founding Member of Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker, will present: No-Contest Clauses and the Anti-SLAPP Statute: Traps for the

Feb 21, 2018 Jeffrey E. Raskin
Jeff Raskin discusses the Supreme Court’s recent and upcoming decisions in the quickly-developing area of anti-SLAPP jurisprudence.

In the last two years, the California Supreme Court has decided as many anti-SLAPP cases as it did in the prior seven years combined. The Court has an additional nine anti-SLAPP cases currently pending on its docket. In the Winter 2018 ABTL Report, Jeff Raskin

Oct 26, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Anti-SLAPP motions in probate? Alana Rotter explains a new decision applying the anti-SLAPP statute to petitions to enforce a no-contest clause.

Litigators are used to seeing anti-SLAPP motions in civil cases.  But a new California Court of Appeal decision highlights that anti-SLAPP motions are also an option in the probate context, to challenge a petition to enforce a will or trust’s no-contest clause.  Alana Rotter discusses

GMSR Wins Affirmance Of Anti-SLAPP Ruling

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Feb. 27, 2017, B263095) __ Cal.App.5th __. A physician sued a hospital and some doctors, alleging that the summary suspension of his medical staff privileges was motivated by retaliatory animus.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the suit under the anti-SLAPP statute. 

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Oct. 6, 2017, B263095) 2017 WL 4510849 [nonpublished opinion]

A physician sued a hospital and some doctors, alleging that the summary suspension of his medical staff privileges was motivated by retaliatory animus.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the suit under the anti-SLAPP statute.  On the first prong, it held that the claims arose out of

Appealing Anti-Slapp Rulings in the Ninth Circuit

In the California state courts, every order granting or denying an anti-SLAPP motion is immediately appealable. But anti-SLAPP appealability is more of a minefield in the Ninth Circuit. There, an anti-SLAPP ruling is appealable only if it satisfies the requirements of the “collateral order doctrine”

Adams v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Aug, 22, 2014, B247957) 2014 WL 4162789 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal affirms application of anti-SLAPP statute to summary suspension of medical staff privileges

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