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.

Vogel v. County of Los Angeles, 2004 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2596

Photo from criminal investigation admitted during civil proceeding covered by anti-SLAPP statute; litigation privilege

Dec 18, 2003 Martin Stein Related Cases
La Colectiva v. County of Los Angeles, 2003 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 11837

Probability of success – litigation privilege regarding press leak of internal investigation

Sipple v. Foundation for Nat. Progress (1999) 71 Cal.App.4th 226

Defamation action dismissed because plaintiff a “public figure”

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