Anti-SLAPP statute provides defendants a valuable weapon

The California Court of Appeal has affirmed that California's strategic lawsuit against public participation statute, or anti-SLAPP statute, remains a unique and powerful procedural weapon for defendants facing retaliatory lawsuits that seek to limit their right of petition or free speech under the U.S. or California Constitutions in connection with an issue of public concern. In an ironic twist, the case before the court involved a defendant whose day job entails representing plaintiffs in employment cases. In essence, this recent "win" is a mixed bag for employers because it condones the distribution of confidential employment documents and communications under specific circumstances.

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