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Douglas Jordan--Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 15-56045

In the appeal of a breach of contract and copyright infringement case involving the movie 'The Purge,' the district court's denial of defendant's anti-SLAPP motion to strike a state law claim for breach of implied-in-fact contract, is affirmed where the breach of contract claim did not arise from an act in furtherance of the right of free speech since the claim was based on defendants' failure to pay for the plaintiff's idea, not the creation, production, distribution, or content of the films.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/06/20




  • United States Ninth Circuit