Hollywood Atty's Demand Letter Not Extortion, Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 16, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT) -- High-profile Hollywood attorney Marty Singer dodged an extortion claim Tuesday when a California appeals court ruled that a presuit demand letter threatening to reveal that a reality TV star allegedly spent embezzled money on sexual partners was protected under a free-speech law.

The Second District Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge who found the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute did not apply to "Big Brother 7" winner Mike "Boogie" Malin's claim because Singer's demand letter was “best read as extortion as a matter of...
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