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.