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Wargo French partner Jeff Williams recently secured a win for client Federal Title & Escrow Company in the D.C. Court of Appeals

Wargo French partner Jeff Williams recently secured a win for client Federal Title & Escrow Company in the D.C. Court of Appeals.  The case involved questions of first impression regarding the scope and applicability of the anti-SLAPP statute in the District of Columbia.  Specifically, in ruling for Federal Title, the court held that a defendant’s statements are not automatically deemed to relate to an “issue of public interest” simply because they may relate to a pending lawsuit, and that language in the statute suggesting that public issues may encompass those “under consideration or review by a legislative, executive, or judicial body” must give way to more specific language elsewhere in the statute offering a more constrained definition.  Federal Title’s claim for tortious interference was therefore reinstated and the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees to the defendant was completely wiped out.
 
Posted on Mon, 04/26/2021 - 1:29pm