Baker Marquart Wins Anti-SLAPP Motion; Subsequently Settles Dispute for DIRECTV Subsidiary, a Televi

Baker Marquart was engaged to pursue claims for breach of a television production contract. The firm filed claims in federal court against the breaching party, as well as that party’s principals as alter egos. In response to the defendants’ counterclaims, Baker Marquart moved to strike pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP law. The court granted Baker Marquart’s motion and subsequently awarded over $30,000 in fees. In addition, Baker Marquart obtained over $20,000 in sanctions against the defendants based on defendants’ discovery misconduct. Then, at mediation, defendants agreed to refund the majority of the funds that had been previously advanced pursuant to the production contract.