The Wide-Ranging Applications Of Calif. Anti-SLAPP Law

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EST) -- California's anti-SLAPP statute provides a procedure for the early dismissal of strategic lawsuits against public participation — causes of action that arise from acts in furtherance of the rights of petition or free speech.[1] When the anti-SLAPP statute applies, it permits a complaint to be dismissed with prejudice 30 to 60 days after the complaint is filed and before any discovery is permitted.[2]

When reviewing an anti-SLAPP motion, a court engages in a two-prong analysis: First, it will decide whether the activity is protected petitioning activity as defined by the statute and, if so, whether the plaintiff has shown a probability...

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