The judge presiding over the Sherrod v. Breitbart libel action today denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit under DC’s anti-SLAPP statute. The entry on the court’s docket reads:
“MINUTE ORDER denying 23 Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Complaint Under Anti-SLAPP Act of 2010. It is hereby ORDERED that the motion to dismiss is DENIED. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 7/28/2011. (lcrjl3) (Entered: 07/28/2011).”
There was no accompanying opinion explaining the reasons for the denial.