Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group

Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group, et al., No. 12-cv-01565 (DC Federal Court)

Importance: The DC federal district court expressly held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court.

Summary: Abbas sued the Foreign Policy Group and its contributor, alleging that an article falsely suggested that he was profiting from his father, the Palestinian president. The DC federal court granted defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion, holding that the anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court. On the merits, the court held that Abbas was not likely to prevail on the merits because the challenged statements were rhetorical questions, and not assertions of fact; were protected opinion; were protected by the fair report privilege; and were not of or concerning Abbas.

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