Law Firms Nix Hospital CEO’s $60M Suit With ‘Slam Dunk’

Law360, Los Angeles (April 16, 2015, 7:33 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Thursday shut down a defamation suit filed by a hospital CEO at the center of a knock-off medical device controversy, finding that the three law firms and individual attorneys the CEO sued had a “slam dunk” anti-SLAPP defense.

In a hearing on Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard E. Rico granted the law firms’ motion to strike under California’s law to protect free speech from being quieted by litigation — the anti-SLAPP statute — saying that the attorneys were within their rights when they spoke to reporters about cases they had filed against Healthsmart Pacific Inc....

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