The Washington State Court of Appeals has reversed the denial of a political candidate’s motion to dismiss a private citizen’s false light invasion of privacy claim, marking the first appellate dispute invoking the state’s new Uniform Public Expression Protection Act.

Washington’s Legislature was the first in the county to enact the uniform act in 2021, following the state’s Supreme Court ruling the Washington Act Limiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, its prior anti-SLAPP statute, as unconstitutional in 2015.