California's Anti-SLAPP Law Is Not Systematically Abused

Law360, New York (June 30, 2016, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Felix Shafir

Jeremy B. Rosen In 1992, California's Legislature "enacted the anti-SLAPP law in order to address the 'disturbing increase in lawsuits brought primarily to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for the redress of grievances.'" (People ex rel. Fire Insurance Exchange v. Anapol (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 809, 821). The statute seeks to "'provid[e] a fast and inexpensive unmasking and dismissal'" of such lawsuits. (Dowling v. Zimmerman (2001) 85 Cal.App.4th 1400, 1415). It has succeeded: thousands of defendants have invoked the anti-SLAPP law to dismiss meritless lawsuits targeting their exercise of First Amendment...

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