SEIU Can't Sink Rival's Suit With SLAPP Law: Appeals Court

Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT) -- A lawsuit brought by the National Union of Healthcare Workers president against rival union SEIU shouldn't have been dismissed under California's anti-SLAPP statute because the alleged assaults and intimidation at the heart of the complaint weren't constitutionally protected conduct, a California appeals court ruled Friday. 

The appeals court reversed a lower court order that granted the motion from the defendants — a group that includes the SEIU and United Healthcare Workers West arm — to strike the complaint pursuant to California's anti-SLAPP law. Friday's ruling ruling also nixed a decision that called on NUHW president Sal Rosselli and six fellow plaintiffs...

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