On May 19, a New York appeals court dismissed a defamation claim in Kurland v. Glassdoor. Kurland sued Glassdoor based on an anonymous bad review of Kurland’s company on Glassdoor’s website. Glassdoor filed an anti-SLAPP motion in the case. The Alliance previously joined the Reporters Committee amicus brief in the case, arguing for strong anti-SLAPP protections for news publishers. While the court dismissed the defamation claim, the court used a motion to dismiss rather than the anti-SLAPP law, holding that New York’s anti-SLAPP law does not apply retroactively. At the same time, the New York legislature is working to clarify that the law does apply retroactively by passing an amendment. Read more.
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