Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Workman v. Colichman (Cal. Ct. App. - April 3, 2019)

The sole published opinion by the Court of Appeal today reinforces a trend that's been building for the last several years, and sanctions the defendants and their counsel for filing a frivolous appeal of the denial of their anti-SLAPP motion.

The Court of Appeal is getting more serious about this stuff.  It's increasingly trying to deter the dilatory filing of anti-SLAPP appeals.

Imposing sanctions is but the most recent step.

Be forewarned.  You're undoubtedly going to see more of this in the years to come.

Even if the Legislature won't act to amend the anti-SLAPP statute, the Court of Appeal is starting to take matters into its own hands.