A citizen suit against his city council was not a public interest suit exempted from Anti-SLAPP protections, since the citizen in question would have benefited personally from a decision in his favor. A citizen suit challenging a city council’s alleged violation of the Brown Open Meeting Act was not a public interest suit exempt from an Anti-SLAPP motion under CCP 425.17(b) because the objective of the suit was not just an open meeting but rescission of the council’s action to change parking restrictions around plaintiff’s property. As the rescission of the change would benefit plaintiff personally, his suit was not a public interest suit within the statutory exemption.
California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 8 (Rubin, J.); July 15, 2016 (modified & published August 8, 2016); 2016 WL 4182502