Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Dababneh v. Lopez.  This case concerns a defamation action brought by a member of the California State Assembly against a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct in a complaint to the legislature and a press conference about her complaint.  The amicus brief is in support of the defendant and argues that the trial court erred in conflating falsity and actual malice; that the defendant’s statements at the press conference were within the scope of the legislative privilege and fair report privilege; that the trial court’s holding to the contrary could chill reporting on matters of public concern; and finally, that the Court should reject the plaintiff’s argument that the fair report privilege does not attach to the defendant’s statements at the press conference.  [2020]

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