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Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc. v. Gore, S164174

In plaintiff's action for defamation and related claims against an attorney and a law firm, arising from an advertisement placed by the defendants addressing owners of wood decks that they may have a claim against plaintiff and other manufacturers of certain galvanized screws, dismissal of the entire complaint under the anti-SLAPP statute is affirmed as plaintiff's expansive construction of the commercial speech exemption is rejected, and thus, the complaint was not exempted from the anti-SLAPP statute by section 425.1(c)(1).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/17/2010
  • Published 05/17/2010


  • BAXTER, J.


  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • Shartsis Friese, Arthur J. Shartsis, Erick C. Howard; Eisenberg and Hancock, Jon B. Eisenberg and William N. Hancock for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, Thomas R. Burke and Rochelle L. Wilcox for Defendants and Respondents., Arkin & Glovsky and Sharon Arkin for Consumer Attorneys of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents., Levy, Ram & Olson and Karl Olson for Senator Sheila Kuehl and California First Amendment Coalition as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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