September 20, 2013 |
In a motion filed last week, an Elk Grove community activist alleges that she is being subjected to a so-called SLAPP lawsuit.
The suit was filed by Connie Conley and acts as a counter on Brian Detrick, son of Vice Mayor Steve Detrick, who filed a defamation lawsuit against Conley earlier this summer.
In his lawsuit, Detrick alleges Conley defamed him through emails she sent questioning Detrick’s role regarding a fundraiser held earlier this year and whether or not the event was in legal compliance. Detrick’s complaint claims he is a private figure and those emails injured his reputation and have had a negative economic effect on his business, Brick Events.
Conley alleges that Detrick is a public figure and that his lawsuit is a SLAPP lawsuit, or a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.
In her anti-SLAPP suit Conley claims that Detrick’s suit is an attempt to stop her “from questioning whether organizations that solicit public fund are following the law.”
Anti-SLAPP laws were first enacted in
California in 1992 and have been expanded on
a number of occasions subsequent to that in response to the practice of well-funded
litigants filing lawsuits against parties, oftentimes individuals, with
Conley’s lawsuit is being handled by Sacramento Attorney Jeffrey Kravitz while Detrick is represented by the firm of Boutin Jones.
The documents for both parties can be viewed here and by entering 00146665 in the blank case number field. The entire case number is 34-2013-00146665.
A tentative ruling on the merits of Conley’s suit will be issued on Thursday, October 11.