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You Need to Know California's Anti-SLAPP Law. This Will Help

In 1992, California adopted the nation's first anti-SLAPP law, and arguably its strongest. The statute, meant to stop "strategic litigation against public participation," is a powerful weapon against lawsuits that may chill free speech. For example, an anti-SLAPP motion halts discovery, allows for quick appeals, and provides for the award of attorney's fees. It is perhaps the most used anti-SLAPP statute in the country, with a huge body of relevant caselaw.

California's anti-SLAPP statute isn't limited to the Golden State's borders, either. In 1999, the Ninth Circuit ruled that anti-SLAPP motions are available in federal courts. Thus, knowing how to use the law, or how to defend against it, is essential, even to practitioners outside the state lines.

Bringing an Anti-SLAPP Motion, or Defending Against One

Anti-SLAPP motions are relevant to a wide variety of claims, from libel suits, to property disputes, to qui tam actions. A successful anti-SLAPP action can shut down litigation quickly, while an effective defense can stop anti-SLAPPers in their tracks. If you want to master either, you'll have some help.

A new program by The Rutter Group promises to teach litigators the ins and outs of California's anti-SLAPP motion. The event, "Anti-SLAPP Motions: How to Win Them / Defeat Them," offers everything from an introduction to the anti-SLAPP law, to the latest caselaw developments, to the law's application in federal courts. Whether you're a corporate defense attorney or a consumer rights lawyer, there's something here for you.

Anti-SLAPP Expertise and More

The event will be led by some of the leaders in anti-SLAPP litigation. Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon of California's Second District Court of Appeal will be moderating, while Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow, of the San Francisco Superior Court, and Thomas R. Burke, of Davis Wright Tremaine, will be presenting.

In addition to an overview of effective anti-SLAPP techniques and defenses, participants will have the opportunity to walk away with a few extra goodies as well. Two resources from The Rutter Group will be available to enrollees at half price: The Rutter Group's Civil Litigation Series "Anti-SLAPP Litigation" and California Practice Guide "Civil Procedure Before Trial."

So, don't wait until you're staring down an anti-SLAPP motion (or researching how to file one), get ahead of the latest anti-SLAPP strategies now, by signing up for the event today.

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