California SLAPP Law
By Aaron Morris: Anti-SLAPP Attorney
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California's SLAPP Law was a great idea, but it can be a minefield for the uninformed lawyer or self-represented party. Aaron Morris, from the law firm of Morris and Stone, can guide you through that minefield and keep you current on the latest SLAPP law cases, anti-SLAPP motions and strategies, and the motions for attorney fees that follow.
||SLAPP023 – Privileged Speech Can Survive Anti-SLAPP Motions||In Episode 23 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we examine two cases that consider how privileged speech should be viewed during the two-prong anti-SLAPP analysis. As you will hear, the fact that the speech was privileged does not mean it automatica...||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP022 – Abuse of Process Claims and Anti-SLAPP Motions||Hooray for Hollywood! In Episode 22 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we discuss four cases involving the film industry that have all resulted in anti-SLAPP motions. We also dive deep into abuse of process claims,||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP021 – Anti-SLAPP Motions Against Mixed Causes of Action||We discuss the very important case of Baral v. Schnitt, in which the California Supreme Court finally dealt with the split of authorities regarding how to deal with complaints with mixed causes of action; those that contain allegations of both protecte...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP020 – Sixth District Weighs in on Admissibility of Yelp Reviews and the Law on Inferences||In Episode 20 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we discuss important Evidence Codes, and my VINDICATION by the California Court of Appeal. The vindication comes in the form of a published opinion from the Sixth District Court of Appeal.||7/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP019 – Five Best Published Anti-SLAPP Decisions (so far) in 2016||On Episode 19 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we go through my five favorite reported anti-SLAPP decisions from the first half of 2016. But first we begin with a cautionary tale of an attorney who is being sued for malpractice for failing to have ...||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP018 – All You Need to Know About Anti-SLAPP Motions in Federal Court||In episode 18 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, I discuss an anti-SLAPP motion I decided NOT to pursue, and why. We discuss the case of Weinberg v. Feisel (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1122. Then we dive deep into the pros, cons,||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP017 – An Introduction to California SLAPP Law and Anti-SLAPP Motions||A Primer on California's Anti-SLAPP Law and Motions will||12/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP016 – Appealing a Ruling on an Anti-SLAPP Motion||Recent developments regarding anti-SLAPP appeals, and joinder in anti-SLAPP motions.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP015 – It’s Never Too Late to File an Anti-SLAPP Motion||In Episode 15 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we discuss (1) the perils of overreaching in your anti-SLAPP motions (making iffy challenges to causes of action can come back to bite you, even if you win),||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP014 – Interaction Between the Communications Decency Act and Anti-SLAPP Motions||In Episode 14 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we begin with a discussion of the interplay between anti-SLAPP motions and the Communications Decency Act. The topic came up because of another anti-SLAPP victory we enjoyed this week at Morris & Stone...||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP013 – Bench Warrant Arrest Not Protected Activity under Anti-SLAPP Statute||In Episode 13 of the California SLAPP Law podcast (should I have skipped 13, like they do in buildings?), we cover a lot of information that will be useful to any litigator. Although not directly related to SLAPP law and anti-SLAPP motions,||4/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP012 – Three Ways to Bring an Anti-SLAPP Motion Against an Ambiguous Complaint||Sometimes you just know that a SLAPP is hiding in the complaint, but the complaint is so ambiguous that the SLAPP allegations are unclear. What to do? In this episode, I tell you how to file an anti-SLAPP motion against an ambiguous complaint,||12/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP011 – Six Tips to Win Your Motion for Attorney Fees Following an Anti-SLAPP Motion||In Episode 11 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, I provide you with six tips to win your attorney fee motions following a successful anti-SLAPP motion. There are so many unscrupulous attorneys who inflate their fee applications,||9/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP010 – Travolta and Yelp Anti-SLAPP Motions||In this week’s podcast, we look at two unsuccessful anti-SLAPP motions that were decided this week, and examine where the attorneys went wrong. Yelp continues to get into mischief. In Episode 4 of the California SLAPP Law Podcast,||8/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP009 – Scope of Discovery after Anti-SLAPP Motion||It was a great anti-SLAPP week at Morris & Stone. Today we discuss two of our motions, and the result of last week’s Evil Yogurt Maker case. We will examine the scope of discovery following the filing of an anti-SLAPP motion,||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP008 – An Anti-SLAPP Motion Against an Evil Yogurt Shop||A client found me while searching for information about California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.17, proving that clients do some very sophisticated research on their legal issues. Changing the facts to protect the privacy of my client,||7/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP007 – Proving Actual Malice in a Defamation Action – Makaeff v. Trump University||A great anti-SLAPP decision that has been five years in the making. In this podcast, we discuss the case of Makaeff v. Trump University, which contains an outstanding discussion of limited public figures and meeting the standard for showing actual mali...||7/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP006 – CalPERS v. Moody’s – Is an Opinion Always Protected Speech Under the Anti-SLAPP Statute?||With the wisdom of a penny-stock investor trying out day-trading for the first time, the brilliant financial minds at CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) decided to dump more than a billion dollars into three “structured investme||6/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP005 – Anti-SLAPP Decisions for First Quarter of 2014||We’re not even done with the fifth month of 2014, and California already has 12 reported decisions arising from anti-SLAPP appeals. In the 5th Episode of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, we discuss four anti-SLAPP decisions.||5/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP004 – Anti-SLAPP Motion: Yelp v. McMillan Law Group||In this 4th episode of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, I discuss the truly strange legal action brought by Yelp against one of its former customers, the McMillan Law Group. In its complaint, Yelp alleges that it works to maintain the purity of the re...||5/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP003 – Anti-SLAPP Procedures and Strategies||A lot of useful information in today’s show, if I do say so myself. We discuss anti-SLAPP procedures and strategies, and what you need to know about the 60 and 30 day deadlines for anti-SLAPP motions, and an easy and efficient way to protect your anti-||4/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP002 – Can Claims Against Lawyers Be Defeated with an Anti-SLAPP Motion?||In the last episode of the California SLAPP Law Podcast, I explained how crucial it is for every California litigator to understand this sweeping area of the law. There is virtually no litigation practice that won’t be impacted by the anti-SLAPP statut.||4/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||SLAPP001 – Why Every Litigator Must Know California SLAPP Law||California’s SLAPP Law provides for the use of special motions to strike, called “anti-SLAPP motions“, to quickly dispose of lawsuits that were filed only to improperly silence free speech or to prevent the defendant from pursuing a lawful legal rem||4/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m not even close to an attorney and yet I found this fascinating.
I didn’t even know what the SLAPP law was but upon listening I thought it was very interesting. I love the 1st amendment and am thrilled that there is a resource where I can get more clarity on the law and how it applies to me.
Great Resource From an Expert
Aaron Morris definitely knows his stuff. Whether you are an attorney, a law student, or a California Resident that has been (or may be) impacted by a SLAPP law, this is the place to be.
-Cole A. Hatter
Aaron Morris is a lawyer for the people by the people
Finally, a podcast that stands behind a tangible movement to create official change. Great work Aaron!