Wynn Can’t Duck Joe Francis' Casino Debt Defamation Suit

Law360, New York (February 13, 2014, 7:17 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit affirmed on Thursday that casino mogul Steve Wynn and his Las Vegas hotel can’t get a multimillion dollar defamation suit lodged by Joe Francis, the founder of "Girls Gone Wild," tossed out under California’s free speech statute because Nevada law applies to the case, which is centered on gambling debt allegations

The panel ruled that a California district court was right to keep the case alive by hemming toward Nevada law — rather than California’s tougher anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation, or anti-SLAPP,...
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