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Franchini v. Investor’s Business Daily, Inc.

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Court: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Citation: 2022 ME 12

Opinion Date: February 10, 2022

Judge: Joseph Jabar

Areas of Law: Personal Injury

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The Supreme Judicial Court declined to consider a question certified to the Court by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that there was no clear controlling precedent.

Plaintiff brought a complaint in a federal district court against multiple defendants, including Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) and Sally Pipes, a writer for the IBD, alleging, among other claims, defamation and negligent infliction of emotional distress. IBD filed a special motion to dismiss, arguing that Me. Rev. Stat. Title 14, 556, Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute applied. The district court denied the special motion to dismiss. On appeal, the First Circuit certified to the Supreme Court whether IBD’s special motion to dismiss should be granted under Maine’s anti-SLAPP law. The Supreme Judicial Court declined to answer the question, holding that there was no clear precedent that applied to this dispute.

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