No. S095000.

124 Cal.Rptr.2d 530 (2002)

29 Cal.4th 82

52 P.3d 703

Louis G. NAVELLIER et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. Kenneth G. SLETTEN, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

August 29, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Legal Strategies Group, Ralph C. Alldredge, Emeryvile, and William M. Quinn, Jr., San Francisco, for Defendant and Appellant.

Levy, Ram, Olson & Rossi, Karl Olson; Karlene W. Goller, Los Angeles; Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, Edward P. Davis, Jr., San Jose, James Chadwick; Thomas W. Newton, Sacramento; Levine Sullivan & Koch, James Grossberg; Harold Fuson; Stephen J. Burns, Sacramento; Steinhart & Falconer, Roger R. Myers and Rachel E. Boehm, San Francisco, for California Newspaper Publishers Association, Los Angeles Times, Copley Press, Inc., McClatchy Newspapers, San Jose Mercury, Freedom Communications, Inc., The Hearst Corporation, Media News Group and The Recorder as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.

Law Offices of Samuel Kornhauser and Samuel Kornhauser, San Francisco, for Plaintiffs and Respondents.


The question presented is whether this action based on the defendant's having filed counterclaims in a prior, unrelated proceeding in federal court, is one "arising from" activity protected by Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 (section 425.16; the anti-SLAPP statute), which provides for early dismissal of certain actions known as "strategic lawsuits against public participation."

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