Sussman Shank attorneys have represented many entities in litigation involving First Amendment rights, including the rights of free speech and religious freedom, as well as state anti-SLAPP laws. We have also assisted businesses and individuals in defending their speech rights, and prevented others from improperly shielding their activities behind such rights.
- We defended Cornell University against Plaintiff's libel claim, which was based on the theory that digitization of the University library newspaper archives restarted the statute of limitations concerning a newspaper article over 20 years old. We prevailed on anti-SLAPP motions on behalf of the university, at both federal district court and appellate levels. We also prevailed in follow-on litigation by defeating, on jurisdictional grounds, a claim that the University newspaper website accessibility in California gave rise to a cause of action in California. Cornell was awarded attorney fees under the anti-SLAPP statute.
- We represented an international religious organization in numerous First Amendment matters, including the right to association and the Free Exercise Clause.
- We represented an apparel company in anti-SLAPP litigation related to a fraud claim against a vendor and its counsel.
- We represented a California law firm in appellate litigation related to a denial of an anti-SLAPP motion and the criminal conduct exception to the anti-SLAPP law. The case was settled after appellate briefing.