Two Anti-SLAPP Decisions in DC
Two anti-SLAPP decisions came down earlier this week, testing Washington DC’s newly enacted anti-SLAPP law:
1. A federal appellate court today gave the green light to a defamation lawsuit filed against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. A three-judge panel affirmed a court order denying Breitbart’s motion to dismiss the case under the District of Columbia’s law barring strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs.
2. This morning, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton released an opinion finding the anti-SLAPP law did apply in federal court. In the underlying case, the plaintiff, a former public official in the Republic of Liberia, sued the Atlantic Monthly Group Inc., over articles describing Boley as a “warlord.” Walton granted the Atlantic’s anti-SLAPP motion, citing rulings from the First, Ninth and Fifth Circuit courts that federal courts could enforce state anti-SLAPP laws in certain types of cases.
Read more about these two cases from The Blog of Legal Times here: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2013/06/dc-circuit-defamation-suit-against-breitbart-can-proceed.html#more