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 […]

What Is The Standard of Review On An anti-SLAPP Appeal?

I outlined in a previous post how risky it is for a losing plaintiff on an anti-SLAPP motion to appeal a trial court’s ruling. The primary reason being that a prevailing defendant may be awarded his attorney’s fees for opposing the SLAPP at the trial and appellate levels. But in this post I want to […]

The Tale Of A Model, A Blogger, and Internet Anonymity

I couldn’t resist any longer. By now you know the story of Rosemary Port, the blogger who had anonymously blogged about model Liskula Cohen, stating that Cohen was a "skank" and a "ho," among other choice character descriptions. You also know that a court forced Google to reveal Port’s identity. Up until that time the […]

Los Angeles Superior Court Reduces Operations In Wake of Financial Crisis

Los Angeles litigants, lawyers, and court staff just got a jolt of reality this week when the planned "furloughs" began on Wednesday. If you don’t know already, as a result of the financial crisis in California, the Los Angeles Superior Court was required to "substantially reduce its operations and furlough employees the third Wednesday of […]