Every day, thousands of Americans post reviews of the restaurants, shopping stores, salons, car dealerships, clubs, and bars they visit. Sometimes, a bad review can have unintended consequences — like finding out that a lawsuit has been filed against you by the business owner. Waking up and finding yourself on the “defendant’s” side of a lawsuit can be frightening, unnerving and very stressful. Lawsuits are expensive, and lawsuit filings are a matter of public record — meaning that they will show up anytime runs an employment background check or public records check on you.
The good news is that California’s anti-SLAPP laws protect individuals who voice their opinions when they are sued for defamation, slander, libel, or other claims. SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” which is a kind of lawsuit brought often in retaliation for a person speaking out against public issues by exercising their right to free speech. California law protects victims of such lawsuits, and allows them to get the case dismissed and all attorneys’ fees paid for.
If you are a defendant in a defamation, libel, slander, or malicious prosecution lawsuit, then you need an anti-SLAPP attorney to evaluate your case and put on the strongest defense possible. It is important to act quickly, because you must respond to the lawsuit within 30 days, and your anti-SLAPP filing is due within 60 days after being served.
If your have been sued for activities arising out of any of the above, you should consult with a Los Angeles Anti-SLAPP lawyer right away, to determine whether a motion can be made to dismiss the case.
If you or a loved one has been sued in a defamation, slander, libel, malicious prosecution case, Axis Legal Counsel may be able to represent you. Axis’s managing attorney Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a Los Angeles Anti-SLAPP lawyer and represents clients in numerous free speech and First Amendment disputes as part of the firm’s Individual Civil Rights Practice. For a free and no-risk evaluation of your rights, please contact us a (213) 403-0130, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a consultation.
Axis Legal Counsel represents clients in numerous types of defamation matters, including individual disputes, business defamation, online defamation, libel, bullying, internet slander, cyberbullying, online slander, internet defamation, false customer reviews, slander, and issuing aggressive takedown demands to websites hosting defamatory content.
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For information on retaining Axis Legal Counsel to represent you with respect to slander, libel, or defamation, contact email@example.com or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation.