Monthly Archives: December 2015

Is there a “Public Interest” Requirement for anti-SLAPP Motions?

Does a party moving under the DC anti-SLAPP statute need to show that the claim arises from a statement made in connection with an issue of public interest?  While the text of the DC anti-SLAPP statute suggests the answer is no, the Vermont Supreme Court, interpreting Vermont’s virtually-identical anti-SLAPP statute, recently held that the answer is yes.

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Governmental entities and anti-SLAPP statutes

Earlier this year, in Henne v. City of Yakima, the Washington State Supreme Court held that the City of Yakima could not move under that state’s anti-SLAPP statute where it was the recipient – rather than speaker – of the challenged speech.  It is not clear if the outcome would have been different under the DC anti-SLAPP statute. The facts are as follows:

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