Anti-SLAPP Developments: California and Beyond

Ben Sheffner J.P. Jassy
February 24, 2018


Anti-SLAPP statutes, the state laws that provide a mechanism for relatively quick and inexpensive resolution of lawsuits that target exercise of First Amendment rights on public issues, are in a state of rapid change across the nation. Some states are adopting new anti-SLAPP laws, others are strengthening the laws they have, while in a few cases, courts have invalidated or declined to follow a state’s anti-SLAPP laws, citing state constitutional or federal Supremacy Clause grounds. Ben Sheffner, and J.P. Jassy, two experts on anti-SLAPP litigation, explain how these laws work and guide you through the latest anti-SLAPP developments in California and across the country, including recent efforts to promulgate a uniform anti-SLAPP law for the states and a federal anti-SLAPP law covering state and federal law claims to be enforced in the federal courts.


Jean-Paul Jassy, Partner, Jassy Vick Carolan, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Ben Sheffner, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America, Los Angeles, CA

Jean-Paul Jassy Jean-Paul (JP) litigates with an emphasis on disputes in the media, internet, First Amendment and entertainment arenas. He also routinely represents all types of businesses in multi-million dollar breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, copyright, trademark, idea submission and profit participation cases. JP's clients include internet giants, television networks, metropolitan newspapers, motion picture studios, nonprofits dedicated to free press and free expression, top-flight production companies and award-winning reporters. He has taught full-length courses on First Amendment and media law at prestigious law schools, and repeatedly been named by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America® in the First Amendment field. JP founded two law firms listed as Tier 1 (top tier) by US News & World Report, both nationally and locally. He has successfully litigated cases in the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. His work has been covered in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post, among other media outlets. JP also routinely advises production companies and publishers in ways to avoid and mitigate liability.

Ben Sheffner Ben specializes in copyright policy and runs the MPAA’s amicus brief program. He has previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain's presidential campaign where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign's copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben previously blogged at, which was named as a top 100 legal blog by the American Bar Association in 2009 and 2010, and wrote a regular column on legal issues in the music industry for Billboard magazine. Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001.

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