California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute Should Protect Writer From Libel Claim
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in CoreCivic, Inc. v. Candide Group. This appeal arises from a defamation suit brought by CoreCivic, a private prison company, against Morgan Simon, a senior contributor at Forbes who also runs Candide Group, a socially conscious investing group. Simon wrote a series of articles for Forbes about CoreCivic’s detention of family members separated at the border. CoreCivic sued Simon for libel in a California district court. Simon moved to strike CoreCivic’s claims under California’s anti-SLAPP law. The district court granted the motion and CoreCivic appealed. The amicus brief urges the Ninth Circuit to affirm the district court and discusses the purpose and importance of anti-SLAPP laws. It argues that CoreCivic’s argument runs contrary to binding Ninth Circuit precedent.