Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit: Deaf Group's Unruh Act Suit Preempted By Anti-SLAPP Statute

SAN FRANCISCO - A deaf rights organization's class action concerning captioning on the website of Cable Network News Inc. (CNN) "targets conduct in furtherance of $(the network's$) free speech rights and falls within the scope of" California's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 5, reversing in part a lower court's judgment (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness Inc., et al. v. Cable News Network Inc., No. 12-15807, 9th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2215; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2219).

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