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De Havilland’s Loss in Docudrama Portrayal Suit

The California Court of Appeal created some First Amendment breathing room for the creators of docudramas — at the expense of legendary actress Olivia de Havilland — when the court ordered her suit against FX Networks over its Emmy Award-winning miniseries Feud be stricken under California’s anti-SLAPP law, even if it did play a little fast-and-loose with de Havilland’s character.

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The California Court of Appeal created some First Amendment breathing room for the creators of docudramas — at the expense of legendary actress Olivia de Havilland — when the court ordered her suit against FX Networks over its Emmy Award-winning miniseries Feud be stricken under California’s anti-SLAPP law, Calif. Code Civ. Proc. §425.16, even if it did play a little fast-and-loose with de Havilland’s character. De Havilland v. FX Networks LLC, B285629.

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