Monthly Archives: April 2011

DC Anti-SLAPP Statute Invoked For First Time

The defendants in a lawsuit captioned Sherrod v. Breitbart today filed a motion to dismiss the suit under DC’s recently-enacted anti-SLAPP statute.  This appears to be the first use of the anti-SLAPP statute, which only became effective on March 31. The complaint, which was originally filed in DC Superior Court on February 11, 2011, and removed by the defendants to federal court on March 4, 2011, asserts claims for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming from the defendants’ alleged selective editing and dissemination of a videotape featuring the plaintiff.