9th Circ. Junks Donald Trump Institute's Defamation Claim

Law360, Los Angeles (April 17, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit found Wednesday that a lower court erred when it didn't strike a defamation counterclaim by Donald Trump's business institute against a student who sued the institute in a class action over fraudulent business practices, ruling the company was not protected under California free speech laws.

A three-judge panel said Trump University is considered a limited public figure, due to the subject of its advertising, under California statutes prohibiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Therefore, in order to win on its defamation claim, Trump...
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