Mandatory Attorneys’ Fees To Prevailing anti-SLAPP Defendants

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (CCP § 425.16(c)) provides that a "prevailing defendant on a special motion to strike shall be entitled to recover his or her attorney’s fees and costs. The fee award is not discretionary–it is mandatory–and the fees can be very significant. The purpose behind this rule is to discourage strategic lawsuits against public […]

Can You File A SLAPP Suit And Then Dismiss It Without Any Consequences?

The mere threat of an anti-SLAPP motion (or serving the motion on the other party) may be sufficient to cause them to dismiss the suit before a hearing on the merits. Under those circumstances, are there consequences for the dismissing party? The court in Moore faced this issue and presented it clearly: "This appeal addresses the […]