Monthly Archives: May 2013
Newspaper’s anti-SLAPP Motion Potentially Raises Issue of Whether Statute Applies to Action Arising Under Foreign Law
Another newspaper has moved under DC’s anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss a complaint alleging libel and related torts. (As I wrote on the two-year anniversary of the statute, it is noteworthy how many movants have been “established” media).
In response to the anti-SLAPP motion filed by The Atlantic and its correspondent, George Boley has filed his opposition brief and the defendants, in turn, have filed their reply brief. The briefs are relatively routine for this type of libel case, with Boley arguing that: he has adequately plead facts showing actual malice (and the defendants arguing that he has not); defendants are not entitled to the fair report privilege because some of the challenged statements were not based on official records (while they argue they were all based on court filings or official reports); the DC anti-SLAPP statute does …
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