Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco, in the lawsuit brought by former Congresswoman Katherine Hill, granted The Dhillon Law, Inc.’s client RedState.com editor Jennifer Van Laar’s special motion to strike Plaintiff’s Complaint as an unlawful Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”).
“The Court got it right in this groundbreaking decision,” said Dhillon Law Group, Inc. partner and attorney, Krista L. Baughman. “Former Congresswoman Hill’s lawsuit sought to punish our client for her truthful and accurate reporting of images suggesting that the Congresswoman had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a paid staff member and used illegal drugs. Speech related to the character and qualifications of our elected leaders enjoys the highest protection under the First Amendment, which is why California’s new law carves out liability exceptions for speech related to matters of public concern. As the Court suggested at oral argument, if the speech in this case does not involve a matter of public concern that is protected by the First Amendment, nothing would.”
“Today’s ruling on my anti-SLAPP motion is a victory for journalists and recognizes the important work we do in appraising citizens about the actions of their elected officials” Van Laar said. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to stand up for the First Amendment and for the right of all journalists to keep people informed.”