Mealey's IP/Tech - Contractor's Defamation Claim For Online Reviews May Proceed, Appeals Panel Rules

Mealey's IP/Tech - Contractor's Defamation Claim For Online Reviews May Proceed, Appeals Panel Rules

SAN FRANCISCO - A trial court correctly denied a defendant's motion to dismiss a defamation claim against her under California's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute, a California appeals panel ruled July 7, finding that a contractor was likely to succeed in his claims regarding reviews posted about him on various consumer review websites (Gregory A. Judge v. Lori Randell, No. A138481, Calif. App., 1st Dist.; 2014 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4767).

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