Fiduciary Duty

An appeals court in California upheld the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by the former chairman of a Chinese transportation construction company who faces claims that he breached his fiduciary duty by allegedly accepting $19 million in bribes. The former chairman claimed the company is a “component of China’s military industrial complex involved in developing magnetic levitation military weapons.”

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Anti-SLAPP

Reversing, a California Appeals Court ruled that the trial court incorrectly declined to grant the anti-SLAPP motion of a film producer who was sued by an investor who said no “substantial” work had been completed on a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis — the appeals court found project is an act “in furtherance” of protected speech.

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Actor’s Anti-SLAAP

A California appeals court upheld the denial of Shia LaBeouf’s anti-SLAPP motion in a case relating to an altercation he had with a bartender who refused to serve the actor and his companion alcohol. LaBeouf called the bartender a “racist” and video footage of the incident was posted on the internet and broadcast on TMZ. The bartender sued for assault and slander.  

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