O’Neil-Rosales v. Citibank (South Dakota) N.A.

An Anti-SLAPP motion was properly granted against suit alleging that creditor violated state and federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts by recording an abstract of judgment creditor had obtained against plaintiff’s former domestic partner.  An Anti-SLAPP motion to strike was properly granted in this FDCPA and RFDCPA suit against creditor and creditor’s lawyer.  Creditor sued…

Park v. Board of Trustees of the California State University

A discrimination suit challenging a tenure decision is not subject to an Anti-SLAPP motion to strike even if the decision followed a public hearing and statements made at the hearing are used as evidence of bias.  A suit is not subject to an Anti-SLAPP motion to strike simply because it attacks a decision reached or…

San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation

Plaintiff’s lawsuit against San Diego State University was properly dismissed since, despite being couched as a contract-related claim, the suit actually sought to challenge protected news-gathering and reporting for KPBS, a station owned by the university.  SDOG’s suit against inewsource and KPBS charged that the contract between them violated Gov. Code 1090 because Hearn was…

Jackson v. Mayweather

Although celebrity defendant’s comments about celebrity plaintiff ex-girlfriend’s medical history were matters of public interest and received Anti-SLAPP protection, his posting of a sonogram and medical records on social media was a bridge too far even in the relatively lenient context of celebrity gossip.  Boxer Mayweather’s Facebook postings and a radio interview in which he…

Charney v. Standard General, L.P.

Employer’s Anti-SLAPP motion was properly granted in response to terminated CEO’s defamation claim, since the allegedly defamatory press release stated only that a third party investigation of allegations against the CEO had been undertaken and that he was terminated as a result of that investigation.  A terminated CEO failed to establish he had a probability…

Sheley v. Harrop

On an Anti-SLAPP motion attacking a “mixed” claim alleging both protected and unprotected conduct, the allegations of protected conduct are viewed separately, and if not merely incidental, are stricken unless the plaintiff shows a probability of succeeding on the claim based on those allegations alone. Following Baral v. Schnitt (2016) 1 Cal.5th 376, this decision…

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Statements and conduct during a hospital’s peer review of a staff physician are protected under the Anti-SLAPP statute, and cannot be challenged by the physician unless he has successfully sought relief in court from the peer review’s conclusion. A hospital peer review proceeding to discipline a staff physician is an official proceeding.  Statements made and actions taken…

Colyear v. Rolling Hills Community Assn. of Rancho Palos Verdes

A homeowner’s application to have a homeowner’s association enforce a tree-trimming covenant against his neighbor was protected activity under the Anti-SLAPP statute, and the neighbor’s quiet title claim had no chance of success after the homeowner withdrew the application thus removing any cloud on the neighbor’s title.  Neighbor A filed a quiet title action against…

Doe v. State of California

Trial court properly granted Anti-SLAPP motion filed by State of California in lawsuit brought by individual who was claiming the State threatened him with arrest or prosecution if he failed to register as a sex offender.  The State of California, like other public entities, may bring an Anti-SLAPP motion.  Here, plaintiff sued the state and…

Daniel v. Wayans

Anti-SLAPP motion to strike plaintiff actor’s complaint was properly granted in favor of defendant actor-director with respect to racial discrimination claims alleging defendant had called plaintiff the N-word on set.  In this 2-1 decision, the court affirms the grant of an Anti-SLAPP motion to strike a complaint by a black actor against the black actor-director…

Safari Club Int’l v. Rudolph

Defendant’s Anti-SLAPP motion was properly denied when he was sued for secretly tape recording, and later publishing, a conversation that took place over dinner at a restaurant with plaintiff’s president, because even though this was protected activity, plaintiff showed a probability of success on its claims for, among other things, invasion of privacy.  The district…

Schwern v. Plunkett

Based on a recently-enacted Oregon statute requiring courts to enter a limited, immediately appealable judgment when denying an Anti-SLAPP motion, the Ninth Circuit now has jurisdiction to consider appeals from orders denying Anti-SLAPP motions under Oregon law.  Shortly after the 9th Circuit’s decision in Englert v. MacDonell (9th Cir. 2009) 551 F.3d 1099, the Oregon…