Ninth Circuit Lets #TheyLied Suit Against Lawyer Lisa Bloom Go Forward
An interesting decision from last week, Wynn v. Bloom, decided by a Ninth Circuit panel (Richard Clifton, Jacqueline Nguyen, and Mark Bennett):
Defendants-Appellants Lisa Bloom and the Bloom Firm … appeal from the district court’s denial of their [anti-SLAPP] Special Motion to Dismiss ….
Wynn has demonstrated a genuine dispute of material fact as to whether Bloom Defendants acted with actual malice [i.e., knowledge or reckless disregard as to falsehood] in publishing the Press Release…. To constitute reckless disregard, the defendant must have published a false statement with a “high degree of awareness of [its] probable falsity,” or “entertained serious doubts as to the truth of [the] publication.”.
The Press Release suggests that Wynn instructed—personally or through a third party—female ShowStoppers performers “to strip down to bras and panties, put on heels, and apply extra
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