Court Says CoreCivic Must Pay For Failed Defamation Suit

Law360 (April 7, 2021, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A California court ordered CoreCivic Inc. to reimburse a financial investment firm and its founder the costs of defending against claims that they defamed the private prison giant by implicating it in the Trump administration's family separation policy.

Candide Group LLC and Morgan Simon used a California anti-SLAPP law to win the permanent dismissal of CoreCivic's defamation suit and argued the strike order entitled them to attorney fees. U.S. District Judge William Alsup sided with them on Tuesday, saying that the state law designed to thwart strategic lawsuits against public participation created a "substantive right" to attorney fees that didn't conflict with...

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