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California Court of Appeal

Haneline Pacific Properties, LLC v. May, G039782

Grant of defendant's anti-strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) motion is reversed and remanded where: 1) the gravamen of plaintiff's complaint did not relate to contemplated litigation but attempted at persuasion and negotiation between co-owners of property regarding how best to manage their property; 2) because the communications at issue were not covered by the litigation privilege, the anti-SLAPP motion should not have been granted; and 3) plaintiffs failed to develop an argument regarding entitlement to attorney's fees based on finding that anti-SLAPP motion was "frivolous" or "intended to cause unnecessary delay".

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/01/2008
  • Published 10/01/2008



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • DLA Piper,Betty M. Shumener, Henry H. Oh, John D. Spurling, Los Angeles;  Dubia Erickson & Tenerelli and Christian F. Dubia, Jr., Irvine, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jackson, DeMarco, Tidus & Peckenpaugh, Roger M. Franks and Jeff J. Astarabadi, Irvine, for Defendants and Respondents.
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