Blackballed blogger's defamation and employment claims dismissed under anti-SLAPP statute

A prominent author sued the Los Angeles Times and four of its employees after the newspaper published statements questioning the accuracy of his claims that he was arrested and roughed up by a police officer while he was being ticketed for jaywalking. The Times told its readers that it had serious questions about the accuracy of the blog post, the piece shouldn't have been published, and the author's work wouldn't appear in the paper in the future. The author alleged that he was defamed, blacklisted, and wrongfully terminated by the Times. The court of appeal affirmed the trial court's order granting the Times' anti-SLAPP special motion to strike. (SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation.")
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