Anti-SLAPP and First Amendment
California’s Anti-SLAPP statute protects individuals and businesses who have been unfairly targeted with an expensive lawsuit by a plaintiff seeking to chill the right to free speech and to petition the government for redress. For example, individuals who write a letter to a newspaper editor, complain at a public meeting or report unlawful activity are frequently targeted with lawsuits for defamation and other common torts. California’s Anti-SLAPP law is designed to end such lawsuits quickly and award attorney’s fees to the prevailing defendant. The firm has experience filing and opposing anti-SLAPP motions on behalf of unfairly targeted clients at both the trial and appellate levels. The key to a successful Anti-SLAPP motion is to hire an attorney quickly so that an adequate motion can be filed on time.