Republican Party of Los Angeles County, et al. v. Barnett, et al.

Harmeet Kaur Dhillon

Case Conclusion Date:May 26, 2010

Practice Area:Election Campaign / Political Law

Outcome:Judge granted motion to strike and dismissed case, awarding substantial attorneys' fees and costs.

Description:After an election for leadership of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, the results of which were contested by the losing candidates, those losing candidates sued the party and its officers seeking to be awarded the offices, all money raised by the duly elected officers and committee, and seeking to forbid the officers from holding themselves out as officers, from operating a website, and from calling meetings on behalf of the county party. Dhillon & Smith LLP answered the complaint, denied its allegations, and filed a a special motion to strike on First Amendment grounds (better known as an "anti-SLAPP motion." The court granted the motion and dismissed the lawsuit, ruling also that a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by plaintiffs was moot. Upon hearing on a motion for attorneys' fees and costs (mandatory under the anti-SLAPP statute) the court awarded substantial attorneys' fees and costs to the three law firms that represented the defendants. Dhillon & Smith took the lead on the fees motion and we won the large majority of the fees, and all costs, sought.

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