Calif. Attys’ Press Statements Protected By Anti-SLAPP

Published Jan 3, 2017

By Andrew Strickler

Law360, New York (December 20, 2016, 6:45 PM EST) — A California appeals court Monday agreed that a trio of law firms targeted in a $60 million defamation suit did not defame a former hospital executive in media interviews when they raised allegations of counterfeit medical devices and a kickback scheme involving prostitution.

A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court ruling for defendants Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Knox Ricksen LLP, saying lawyers’ statements to reporters about Michael Drobot and Healthsmart Pacific Inc.

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