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A California appellate court has called out lawyers from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and their client Dignity Health for using the automatic right to appeal decisions denying motions under the state’s anti-SLAPP law to bog down a lawsuit brought by a group of physicians.

In a 23-page published opinion issued Tuesday, the First District Court of Appeal said Manatt and Dignity deserved criticism for seeking “to extend SLAPP where it has never gone before,” delaying the lawsuit for 22 months, and burning “untold attorneys fees.”

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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