On November 3, 2017, Judge Stephen P. Freccero of the Marin Superior Court granted a motion RBGG filed under the California Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) statute. Our clients, two women and the small business they own, had been sued by one of the women’s ex-husband for allegedly interfering with his interests in a joint commercial lease.
RBGG argued that defendant’s statement to the landlord, informing the landlord of the ex-husband’s threat to evict the women’s business from the office space, was protected pre-litigation speech. The Court agreed and also found that defendants’ claims, which included intentional interference with contract and intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, had no probability of success. As a result, the case was dismissed and on March 8, 2018 defendants were awarded approximately $104,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with the motion.
The case is Riedy v. Riedy et al., Marin Superior Court No. CIV 1701814. Gay Grunfeld, Michael Freedman, and Jessica Winter were responsible for this victory.