Leopold, Petrich & Smith Legal Team Joins Ballard Spahr

Two nationally renowned Media and Entertainment Law practices have joined forces to create a powerhouse team with an expanded presence in Los Angeles.

Ballard Spahr was named 2019 Law Firm of the Year for Media Law and Copyright Law by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers. It also serves clients in business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate, with lawyers in 15 offices around the country.

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Anti-SLAPP Victory for Small Business Owner (2014)

December 24, 2014

In Sadeghi v. Snell, 2014 WL 7366187 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed an Anti-SLAPP victory for a small business owner whose comment, that a real estate developer said he would copy her business if she did not lease space in his development, printed as part of an article in the OC Weekly, was held to be a statement made in a public forum concerning matters of public interest, and the developer could not show a probability on his claims for defamation, interference with prospective economic advantage, and unfair competition.