A California appeals court has reversed a trial court’s denial of Palisades News’ anti-SLAPP motion, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press informs CNPA. CNPA was one of 21 media organizations to join an amicus brief in the case in April.

“The court of appeal held that the trial court erred in concluding that the plaintiff, Stephanie Smith, was not required to show that Palisades News acted with actual malice to demonstrate a probability of prevailing on her defamation claim.It reversed and remanded the matter to the trial court with instructions to grant the Palisades News’ anti-SLAPP motion,” RCFP said.

Davis Wright Tremaine, a CNPA Allied Member, worked with the Reporters Committee on the amicus brief.

The Metropolitan News-Enterprise in Los Angeles has an in-depth recap of the case.

Elsewhere: Understanding Anti-SLAPP laws (RCFP)