A Little Known Requirement in the California anti-SLAPP Statute

I was not surprised last week when a Judge said that anti-SLAPP is a complicated area of law—it most certainly is. There are well over 350 published decisions on the subject, including several California Supreme court decisions. I often tell other lawyers that they need to be very careful in crafting their papers in support […]

Are You Sure You Want to File An Appeal?

The vast majority of defamation appeals are taken after a trial court has granted a special motion to strike, also known as an anti-SLAPP motion.  Most of these appeals are affirmed.  In other words, the appeals are unsuccessful. And while most appeals (other than defamation) are unsuccessful, losing an appeal in the defamation context can […]