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Anti-SLAPP Can Be Used to Strike “Mixed Conduct” Claims [Baral v. Schnitt (2016) 1 Cal. 5th 376]

California’s Anti-SLAPP History Like 28 other US states, California has enacted an anti-SLAPP statute in its Code of Civil Procedure. The statute states that “[a] cause of action against a person arising from any act of that person in furtherance of the person’s right of petition or free speech under the United States Constitution or … Read More

Actual Malice Defamation Public Figure California Law

Actual Malice Standard for Defamation of Public Figures in California

Public Figures Bear a Heavy Burden to Show Actual Malice for Defamation in California Many public figures have trouble understanding that they enjoy very limited protection from defamation. Instead, they are required to meet a heavy burden to establish actual malice, which can rarely be proven. “To show actual malice, plaintiffs must demonstrate [that the … Read More

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Rhetorical Hyperbole Defense to Defamation Under the First Amendment

Defamation Defense of Opinion Means that “Rhetorical Hyperbole, Vigorous Epithets, Lusty and Imaginative Expressions of Contempt” are Protected by the First Amendment Many politicians and others in the public eye are bothered by those who express opinions about them that they believe are false. Despite their disappointment, the First Amendment protects rhetorical hyperbole and imaginative … Read More

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