Legal Memos

Norman v. Ross 101 Cal.App.5th 617. This is a SLAPP issue. Plaintiff had filed a complaint alleging that her idea for a television series had been stolen by the Defendants. Defendants contended that the television series was not based at all on Plaintiff’s ideas. The Court determined that Plaintiff’s claims all arose from protected activity and that Plaintiff did not demonstrate the probability of success on her causes of action and that the SLAPP motion should therefore have been granted. The first element seems a bit of a stretch but the Court apparently bought Defendants’ assertion that all parts of developing and creating the television show constituted conduct in furtherance of free speech in connection with an issue of public interest. That may be because the opinion notes that the parties agreed that making a television series constituted protected activity under the SLAPP statute.