Judge Stands By Decision Preempting DC Defamation Law

Law360, New York (March 25, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge ruled Friday that the District of Columbia hadn't properly challenged his decision that federal law preempted a local law blocking frivolous defamation suits, reached in a 3M Co. suit over intimidation tied to a derailed medical testing device.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins denied D.C.'s bid for relief from his October decision that the district’s anti-SLAPP law conflicted with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and was thus preempted. The judge found that the district hadn’t taken an opportunity to properly appeal...
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