On October 26, the Alliance joined a brief, filed in the Ninth Circuit, arguing that California’s anti-SLAPP law should be applied in whole, including the attorneys fees provision. In CoreCivic v. Candide Group, the defendant successfully filed an anti-SLAPP motion, and the district court awarded them attorneys fees. The plaintiff appealed that decision, saying the anti-slapp law is inapplicable. The brief, filed by RCFP, argues that California’s anti-SLAPP law is entirely applicable, specifically the fee provision. The fee provision is a pivotal part of the anti-SLAPP law, as it keeps predatory plaintiffs from punishing news publishers with retaliatory suits by allowing defendants to recover attorneys fees. Read more.
Members of the News/Media Alliance staff have contributed to this post.