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.

Aguilar v. Goldstein (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 1152

Breach of fiduciary duty claim not barred by anti-SLAPP statute, because it did not “arise from” earlier lawsuit filed by defendants

Apr 16, 2012 Martin Stein, Carolyn Oill Related Cases
Williams v. County of Los Angeles, 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2797

“Plaintiff was a lay advocate, representing public employees before the Civil Service Commission. After the Commission banned him from appearing before it and its hearing officers for disruptive behavior, plaintiff sued multiple parties, including the Commission, the County of Los Angeles, and a former fire

Apr 16, 2012 Martin Stein, Carolyn Oill Related Cases
Court of Appeal affirms anti-SLAPP judgment in favor of GMSR’s clients

Williams v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2797 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five) [unpublished]. Plaintiff was a lay advocate, representing public employees before the Civil Service Commission. After the Commission banned him from appearing before

Mar 30, 2011 Alison M. Turner, Martin Stein, Carolyn Oill Related Cases
Ruttlen v. County of Los Angeles, 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2389

In a prior appeal, the court affirmed the trial court’s grant of the anti-SLAPP motion filed by GMSR’s client, the County of Los Angeles, and remanded the case for an award of fees to the County. After the briefing on the fee motion was ostensibly

Roosen v. Farrell, 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7115

The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order dismissing a malicious prosecution action against GMSR’s attorney client under the anti-SLAPP statute. The malicious prosecution action was based on cross-claims that the attorney had filed against the plaintiff in a complex network of probate proceedings.

Aug 27, 2010 , Robin Meadow Related Cases
Court of Appeal affirms order granting lawyer’s anti-SLAPP motion in malicious prosecution action

Roosen v. Farrell (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7115 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order dismissing a malicious prosecution action against GMSR’s attorney client under the anti-SLAPP statute. The malicious prosecution action

Price v. Stossel (9th Cir. 2010) 620 F.3d 992

Ninth Circuit holds that district court erred in dismissing GMSR’s client’s express defamation claim against ABC on anti-SLAPP grounds.

Jul 01, 2009 Alison M. Turner, Martin Stein Related Cases
Ruttlen v. County of Los Angeles, 2009 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5406

Anti-SLAPP law covers public officials’ statements to press and Board of Supervisors; protected by official-duty, official proceeding and common-interest privileges

In re Episcopal Church Cases (2009) 45 Cal.4th 467

Property rights of local church leaving larger denomination

May 31, 2007 Related Cases
Gallanis-Politis v. Medina (2007) 152 Cal.App.4th 600

Scope of contractual limitations on lost profit damages (settled before decision)

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