The Proper Measure Of An Attorney

"I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and little talent" – John Wooden "The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence" – Lyman Bryson Attorneys are […]

Does Using The Term “Guilty” Connote A Crime?

Plaintiffs commonly assume that courts will interpret alleged defamatory words in a strict or literal sense. But such is not the case. For example, in one case, a political candidate in Orange County filed a defamation suit against his opponent for discussing the investigation and reprimand of plaintiff for sexual harassment by the state Assembly. […]

Can an anti-SLAPP Motion Be Filed In Federal Court?

This is a question that comes up quite frequently and appears to be a source of some confusion. The law is that motions to strike a state law claim are proper in California Federal courts, e.g., libel, slander, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. This is so because there is no conflict between the Federal […]

Why the “Do it Yourself” Mentality Is A Bad Idea

We are a "do it yourself" nation. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the "how to" section of any bookstore or library and you’ll see what I’m talking about. There are books on how to do just about anything, including practicing law. Now, I’m not here to knock those kinds of […]

The Question Nearly Every Client Asks Me . . .

and which is the WRONG question. It goes something like this: "Adrianos, someone wrote defamatory comments about me on the internet and I want to do something about it. Can I file a lawsuit?" This is the WRONG question. Anyone can file a lawsuit at anytime, whether it’s defamation, libel, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach […]

Exception To The Discovery Stay Under the anti-SLAPP Statute

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts numerous times before, upon the filing of an anti-SLAPP motion, "all discovery proceedings" are stayed. However, there is an exception where the Plaintiff can show good cause: (g) All discovery proceedings in the action shall be stayed upon the filing of a notice of motion made pursuant to this […]