What started out as a case of one woman’s multiple legal claims against a skeptical psychologist dwindled down to one privacy intrusion tort before the California Supreme Court on Monday.

Nicole Taus’ suit has attacked, in part, the methods that psychology professor Elizabeth Loftus used as she and a colleague tried to debunk a journal article that concluded Taus had recalled repressed memories of childhood abuse. The defense effort to get Taus’ complaint thrown out as a so-called strategic lawsuit against public participation, or SLAPP, attracted amici curiae from media and academic circles that have argued allowing her claims to proceed could stifle scientific inquiry and newsgathering.

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