Argentieri v. Zuckerberg


(California Court of Appeal) – In a defamation suit brought by an attorney for Paul Ceglia throughout Ceglia’s lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, the trial court’s grant of defendants’ motion to strike plaintiff’s complaint under the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) statute, Code Civ. Proc. section 425.16, is affirmed where: 1) although the statement underlying plaintiff’s defamation claim was not subject to the litigation privilege of Civil Code section 47(b), it was subject to the fair and true reporting privilege of Civil Code section 47(d); and, thus 2) plaintiff has no probability of prevailing on his claim.