Successful Anti-SLAPP Motion Removes Defendant from Case
On December 18, 2020, Esther Choe of Macdonald & Cody, LLP obtained a favorable ruling in Orange County, granting Defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion and striking Plaintiffs’ entire unlimited complaint for malicious prosecution against Defendant.
Defendant claimed to be the victim of fraud and manipulation by her business partners and friends as well as the attorneys that represented them. She turned to the Court to redress the wrongs committed against her, but she was only partially successful. Her former business partners were dismissed from her lawsuit and then filed a malicious prosecution action against her, seeking over $150,000.00 in general damages as well as punitive damages.
Esther Choe filed an anti-SLAPP motion to strike Plaintiffs’ complaint against Defendant. After extensive briefing and oral argument the Court issued its ruling in favor of Defendant, granting Defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion, denying Plaintiffs’ request for attorney’s fees and costs, and allowing Defendant to file a motion for attorney’s fees and costs against Plaintiffs.