CORRECTED: DC Anti-SLAPP Law Preempted In 3M Blackmail Suit, Judge Says

Law360, New York (October 24, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Wednesday ruled that federal law preempted a local law designed to block frivolous defamation suits as part of a heated 3M Co. case accusing Porton Capital Inc. of attempting to intimidate 3M into paying more than $30 million over a derailed medical testing device.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins denied Porton CEO Harvey Boulter’s special motion to dismiss, ruling Boulter’s District of Columbia anti-SLAPP law defense to 3M’s defamation and civil conspiracy claims is preempted by both federal law and...
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