Press Release Saying P was under Criminal Investigation was Not Protected by Litigation Privilege

A party to lawsuit made a 'press release' claiming the other party was under criminal investigation by the FBI. The other party sued for defamation. Issuer of press release brought a special motion to strike under Section 425.16 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (Anti-SLAPP). Held: contents of press release were not protected by litigation privilege, so the lawsuit was not subject to Anti-SLAPP.
Robin Mashal
Los Angeles, California
Commercial Litigation
(310) 286-2000

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