California’s Anti-SLAPP Fee-Shifting Should Apply in Federal Court
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in La Liberte v. Reid. In this case, Roslyn La Liberte appeals the trial court’s dismissal of a defamation action she brought against journalist Joy Reid. The amicus brief focuses solely on the issue of whether the trial court erred in awarding Reid her attorney’s fees under the California anti-SLAPP statute. The brief argues that the fee-shifting provision of the California anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court regardless of whether the motion-to-strike provision applies in federal court. The brief also argues that, if the court reaches the issue of whether the California anti-SLAPP’s motion-to-strike provision applies in federal court, it should hold that it does.