Split Decision in Tentative Ruling on SLAPP Claim in Conley-Detrick Matter

October 11, 2013 | In a tentative ruling issued yesterday afternoon, Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Brown ruled in favor of one ...

October 11, 2013 |

In a tentative ruling issued yesterday afternoon, Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Brown ruled in favor of one of the two arguments in an anti-SLAPP motion filed by Elk Grove community activist Connie Conley. The anti-SLAPP motion filed by Conley was in responce to a civil suit filed by Elk Grove resident Brian Detrick, son of Elk Grove Vice Mayor Steve Detrick.

Detrick filed his suit last June alleging Conley sent emails in April regarding an event he was involved in that defamed and interfered in his economic activity. Conley countered that Detrick's action was a SLAPP and then filed an anti-SLAPP lawsuit saying Detrick was trying to suppress public participation.

In his ruling, Brown ruled that Conley "has demonstrated that this action arises out of protected activity under the first prong of the anti-SLAPP analysis." 

On the second claim, Brown ruled that Detrick does have a "probability of prevailing on the merits of his second claim." As a result, Conley's motion to strike Detrick's entire lawsuit was denied.

Read the entire ruling below. Click each picture to enlarge.









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Anonymous said...

Elk Grove's finest. This is how our elected leaders LEAD? This "tit for tat" game has gone on long enough. This is the kind of stuff that makes EG a laughing stock in the region. Great going folks. For people who claim to love this city, you have a weird way of showing it. Time to move on...both of you. Grow up and find something more interesting to do with your time.

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