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Approximately 30 states have enacted anti-SLAPP statutes, which are intended to deter lawsuits that impede the right to free speech and other related activities. Essentially, these statutes attack SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) by creating a vehicle through which defendants can protect their rights by filing a dispositive motion to dismiss at the earliest stage of a case, before enduring expansive and invasive discovery. Arguably the most significant aspect of many anti-SLAPP statutes is that a movant who files a successful motion to dismiss could be entitled to its attorney fees. Undeniably, that aspect alone provides tremendous value to media outlets, publishers, public figures and others.
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By Stan Soocher
The U.S. Copyright Act states that a civil copyright action must be filed within three years of its accrual. How this applies to copyright infringement and to copyright ownership claims, including in the same case, isn’t always clear. But two recent federal appeals courts decisions have provided guidance on the differences in accrual for each of these copyright claims.
By Dylan Jackson
As millions of Americans turned to television and movies for diversion and comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting business shutdowns, the companies that create that content were left scratching their heads about how to resume business safely when they are allowed. Davis Wright Tremaine launched a new group in hopes of providing the answers.
By Jenna Greene
Latham & Watkins partners Michele Johnson and Jamie Wine turned the tide for the U.S. Soccer Federation in a high-profile — and highly sensitive — wage discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team. In this Q&A, Johnson and Wine discuss their perspective on the case
By Sidney S. Fohrman and Ariel D. Shpigel
After over a year-and-a-half of lobbying efforts by the music industry and negotiations with lawmakers, it was recently announced that AB5 would be amended to accommodate musicians’ unique niche in the California economy.