SEJ Joins RCFP Amicus Brief — La Liberte v. Reid

February 19, 2020

SEJ joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 20 other media organizations in filing an amicus brief in La Liberte v. Reid. In 2018, Roslyn La Liberte filed a defamation lawsuit against MSNBC host Joy Reid after the journalist shared comments and photos on her social media accounts that showed La Liberte interacting with a teenager during a city council meeting about immigration legislation. The suit was dismissed and the court also awarded Reid her attorney’s fees, as permitted by the California anti-SLAPP law. La Liberte appealed. This amicus brief supports Reid seeking affirmance that the appeals court should uphold the ruling of the trial court that Reid is entitled to recover attorneys’ fees under the California anti-SLAPP statute.

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