Landmark case won using anti-SLAPP law defense; win supports First Amendment
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Attorneys from Wilson Elser’s Data Security & Cyber Liability practice represented Avvo in this matter. A Florida-based attorney sued Avvo for false advertising and misrepresentation, claiming that his profile was incorrect, specifically that his practice area was inaccurate and that it wrongly indicated that he had been sanctioned by the Florida State Bar, which was factually correct. The plaintiff’s demand included punitive and exemplary damages and statutory attorneys’ fees on four separate claims.
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