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Wallace v. Henderson
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
2010 WL 1290911 (2010)
Jeff Henderson (defendant) was a former felon who eventually became an award-winning chef. Henderson authored a New York Times bestseller book about his life, which was published by Harper Collins (defendant). One passage in the book stated that while in prison, Henderson came across a fellow inmate named Love Bug, who distributed firearms and cigarettes to inmates and forced them to let him perform sexual acts on them. Henry Lee Wallace (plaintiff) filed suit in California state court for defamation, alleging that he was the Love Bug character and the representations made were defamatory. The action was removed to federal court on diversity grounds. Henderson and his publisher moved to strike the complaint pursuant to a California anti-SLAPP statute.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lorenz, J.)
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