Defendants: How To Win A Defamation Case Without Filing An Anti-SLAPP Motion Or Going To Trial

As I sit here and enjoy another sunny day in Los Angeles, California, I think to myself, "man, I’m lucky." I get to litigate cases which intrigue me, and get to help people resolve their disputes without resorting to self-help (in most instances).

But you’re not here to listen to my idle musings.

You’re reading this because you want to know what’s the single biggest weapon to knock out a defamation lawsuit post-anti-SLAPP motion.

Now, my guess is that you’ve probably already tried filing an anti-SLAPP motion and you lost . . .

And . . .

You don’t want to go trial because you know it’s a big risk and it could end up costing you a lot of money (aside from the attorney’s fees).

So what is this weapon of choice in defamation cases?

It’s the almighty Motion for Summary Judgment.

What you might know is that it has the potential to knock out each of your opponent’s claims.

However, what you might not know is that it is particularly potent in the defamation and/or invasion of privacy context.

Specifically, courts have held that:

"Summary judgment is a favored remedy in defamation and invasion-of-privacy cases due to the chilling effect of protracted litigation on First Amendment rights."

and . . .

“[T]he courts impose more stringent burdens on one who opposes the motion and require a showing of high probability that the plaintiff will ultimately prevail in the case. In the absence of such showing, the courts are inclined to grant the motion and do not permit the case to proceed past the summary judgment stage.”

The message is clear to defendants:

All things being equal, the court is likely to rule in your favor.

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