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Defamation plaintiffs rejoice! The California Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a speech case, FilmOn.com v. DoubleVerify, 2019 Cal. LEXIS 3042, 2019 WL 1984290, that curtails the until now seemingly ever-expanding notion of whether speech “is in connection with” a matter of public interest and therefore falls within the ambit of the widely abused anti-SLAPP statute. Never before had a California court articulated a formula for determining whether something “is in connection with” a matter of public interest. Courts must now determine whether a statement, even if the content touches on a general area of public interest, contributes to or furthers the public conversation on that issue of public interest.

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