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Especially now that a California district court has denied McCain’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Previously, McCain’s lawyers went hard after Browne, alleging that the singer’s lawsuit was a misuse of the judicial system in an attempt to trample First Amendment protected speech. On Friday, the District Court allowed the case to go forward and denied McCain’s anti-SLAPP motion.
Here’s Judge Klausner’s order.
The judge had to weigh the probability of Browne prevailing on his claim against McCain. He rules that he’ll “adopt the more lenient meaning of the term ‘probability’ such that Plaintiff needs to show a mere possibility of success on his claim” and that the defendant “has not shown that political expression’s broad First Amendment protection bars, as a matter of law, all actions based on allegedly improper use of a person’s identity in campaign-related materials.”
The McCain campaign released a statement that seems to hold onto its legal theories. “We intend to seek immediate review of the Court’s orders in the Ninth Circuit,” said outside counsel Lincoln Bandlow.
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