Panel Finds Complaint Over Refusal To Remove Online Comments Was Properly Struck

Panel Finds Complaint Over Refusal To Remove Online Comments Was Properly Struck

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A newspaper's actions pertaining to user comments on its website, which were at the heart of a breach of contract complaint against it, arose from its free speech rights, a California appellate panel ruled Nov. 7, affirming a trial court's decision to strike the complaint under California's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute (Paul Hupp v. Freedom Communications Inc., No. E057390, Calif. App., 4th Dist.; 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 906).

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