Last November, I blogged about Robo-Team NA, Inc. v. Endeavor Robotics, where Robo-Team alleged that a competitor (Endeavor) spread a false rumor that the Chinese government controlled Robo-Team, and used it to steal military technology from the United States. Robo-Team sued Endeavor and its lobbying firm (Sachem) for defamation, tortious interference with contactual and other business relationships, civil conspiracy, and unfair competition. Both defendants filed anti-SLAPP special motions to dismiss (along with “traditional” motions to dismiss).
I thought a decision might offer a glimpse into whether the DC anti-SLAPP statute was applicable in a federal court diversity case and/or the commercial exception. Unfortunately that’s not the case. In an opinion issued last week, the Court holds that it lacks personal jurisdiction over both defendants, so it grants their motions to dismiss. Consequently, the Court doesn’t reach the anti-SLAPP special motions to dismiss.