A law firm that filed a libel suit against an ex-client appears to be the first litigant to feel the force of New Jersey’s new anti-SLAPP law.

A Mercer County judge has dismissed a libel suit filed by the Lento Law Firm, finding the case falls under the new law, also known as the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act. The judge said the firm will have to pay legal fees expended by its ex-client in defense of the libel suit.