3M Company v. Boulter, et al.

3M Company v. Boulter, et al., No. 1:11-CV-01527-RLW (DC Federal Court)

Importance: The federal district court held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute does not apply in federal court in a diversity case. Four other DC federal district judges have disagreed with that decision and applied the DC anti-SLAPP statute in federal court.

Summary: 3M sued Davis and others, alleging that they defamed 3M. Davis and others filed an anti-SLAPP motion and a companion Rule 12(b)(6). Judge Wilkins held that the anti-SLAPP statute conflicted with Federal Rules 12 and 56 and could not be applied in federal court. He nevertheless dismissed the majority of the complaint under Rule 12(b)(6). The case was settled while on appeal.

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