Waiter Claiming He Set Up Fight KOs Pacquiao's Appeal

By Dave Simpson (October 11, 2018, 9:52 PM EDT) -- A California waiter who purportedly facilitated the lucrative boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao can proceed with his case against the latter over a finder's fee, after a California appeals court ruled Thursday that his claims did not arise from activity protected by a California free speech statute.

In a unanimous, unpublished decision, the appellate panel upheld a lower court's ruling, which denied Pacquiao's and his attorney Keith Davidson's attempts to have claims from waiter Gabriel Rueda dismissed through anti-SLAPP motions. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs, are filed with the aim of chilling the exercise of...

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