Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Parekh v. CBS, a case concerning the applicability of the Florida anti-SLAPP statute’s fee-shifting provision in federal court.  The district court granted CBS’s motion to dismiss Parekh’s defamation action and awarded CBS fees and costs under the Florida anti-SLAPP statute.  Parekh appealed.  The amicus brief argues that the Florida fee-shifting provision does not conflict with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because the Federal Rules do not address whether dismissal of a SLAPP can support an award of attorney fees.  The brief also argues that applying state anti-SLAPP fee-shifting provisions uniformly in state and federal court would protect valuable speech and prevent forum shopping.  [2020]

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