California Court Rules Disclosure to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse is Protected by Anti-SLAPP Laws

Landlord was trying to sell the house. Tenant told prospective buyers a sex offender used to live across the street. When prospective buyers backed out of the deal, Landlord sued tenant for interfering with contractual relations. Tenant brought a special motion to strike under Section 425.16 of the California Code of Civil Procedure ('Anti-SLAPP law'). Held: preventing child sexual abuse and protecting children from sexual predators are issues of 'public interest' and hence tenant's disclosure is afforded anti-SLAPP protection.
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