Melinda LeMoine Discusses Influential Anti-SLAPP Case

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Melinda E. LeMoine discussed an influential case set to interpret key provisions of California’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) law in the Law360 series “California Cases To Watch In 2017” published on Jan. 2, 2017.

Ms. LeMoine discussed Rand Resource v. City of Carson, in which the plaintiff, a real estate developer, sued Carson alleging the city breached an exclusive agreement to develop an NFL football stadium by continuing to negotiate with other parties. The defendants filed an anti-SLAPP motion arguing that the lawsuit targeted protected speech relating to a “matter of public interest,” and thus the case was subject to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP law. In its decision, the California Supreme Court will have the opportunity to clarify what constitutes a “matter of public interest.”

Ms. LeMoine described the need for predictability in anti-SLAPP cases. She explained that Rand is significant because it gives the high court the opportunity to clarify the definition of “public interest” in the statute.

Based in Munger Tolles’ Los Angeles office, Ms. LeMoine specializes in complex business litigation on behalf of clients in the entertainment and media industries.