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Washington Travel Clinic v. Kandrac

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  1. Libel and Privacy
The Washington Travel Clinic and a doctor sued Yelp reviewer John Kandrac for libel for statements he made about his…

The Washington Travel Clinic and a doctor sued Yelp reviewer John Kandrac for libel for statements he made about his poor experience at the clinic. Kandrac moved to dismiss the complaint under the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute. The D.C. Superior Court dismissed almost all of his claims, but allowed one to survive. At issue in this filing was whether the denial of a special motion to dismiss under the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute is immediately appealable under the “collateral order doctrine.” The Reporters Committee argued that a special motion to dismiss under the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute is immediately appealable. Allowing for immediate appeal in such a case furthers the purposes of the anti-SLAPP statute, which is designed to allow journalists to quickly dispose of meritless suits designed to chill speech. Numerous other jurisdictions have found that the rights conferred by an anti-SLAPP statute will be irreparably lost if orders denying anti-SLAPP motions are not immediately appealable.

Washington Travel Clinic v. Kandrac