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Widders v. Furchtenicht, B196583

In an election matter concerning two ballot initiatives submitted by defendant relating to chain stores and affordable housing, grant of defendant's demurrer is reversed, defendant's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) motion is denied, and the trial court is directed to enter judgment in favor of plaintiff-city attorney where: 1) the action was timely filed; and 2) the action did not qualify as a SLAPP suit because plaintiff demonstrated that he was entitled to judgment in his favor as a matter of law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/20/2008
  • Published 10/20/2008


  • PERREN, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, Katherine E. Stone, Ventura, J. Roger Myers and Nancy D. Hartzler, El Monte, for Appellant Widders., ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Peter J. Eliasberg, Los Angeles;  Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Michael E. Chait, Los Angeles, for Appellant Furchtenicht., Kirkland & Ellis, Robyn Bladow, Pantea Yashar, Shaun Paisley, Los Angeles, for Initiative & Referendum Institute as Amici Curiae on behalf of Appellant Furchtenicht.

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