Catholic Church

A federal class action claims the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops defrauded donors to its “Peter’s Pence” collection of “hundreds of millions of dollars” by not using it for charitable causes, as promised, but putting it into “suspicious investment funds,” such as luxury condominium developments and Hollywood movies, while paying fund managers multimillion-dollar commissions.

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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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