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Loanvest I v. Utrecht, A141564

Plaintiff Loanvest appeals from the dismissal of its legal malpractice cause of action against defendants, its former attorneys, after the court granted defendants' anti-SLAPP motion to strike. Plaintiff alleges that defendants disregarded its interests in order to protect the interests of the person who formerly controlled plaintiff. The judgment is reversed and the matter is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings, where, in a legal malpractice action brought by an attorney's former client, claiming that the attorney breached fiduciary obligations to the client as the result of a conflict of interest or other deficiency in the representation of the client, the action does not threaten to chill the exercise of protected activity and the first prong of the anti-SLAPP analysis is not satisfied.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/26/2015
  • Published 03/26/2015


  • Pollak


  • California Court of Appeal


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