Legal Analysis of Potential SLAPP Against Jay Leno
Ryan Metheny, an attorney at the California Anti-SLAPP Project, recently wrote a legal analysis of the potential SLAPP against Jay Leno and NBC.
“Last week, Jay Leno joked on his television show that the Golden Temple of Armritsar in India, a holy site to the Sikh religion, was the summer home of wealthy presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The joke caused a bit of an uproar, with many charging Leno with making an insensitive and derogatory jab at the Sikh community. Now, Leno and NBC have been sued for defamation by a Bakersfield-area Sikh man, Dr. Randeep Dhillon and his organization, Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization, for making the joke. (http://www.eonline.com/news/jay_leno_sued_by_sikh_man_over_mitt/289165.)
The lawsuit has some fairly obvious problems. (Complaint here: http://www.eonline.com/static/news/pdf/JayLenoSikhsuit.pdf.) It is not clear why the statement is defamatory: it obviously was not meant by the speaker to be taken as a statement of fact.”
Read Metheny’s full analysis of the case here: http://www.casp.net/uncategorized/jay-leno-slapped/