Filed 1/31/07 Alzugaray v. Kiesel, Boucher & Larson CA2/8
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Iverson, Yoakum, Papiano & Hatch, Neil Papiano and Emily Ayers for Plaintiff and Appellant.
Nemecek & Cole, Jonathan B. Cole, Karen K. Coffin and Lucy H. Mekhael for Defendants and Respondents.
This appeal raises issues involving the interplay between the litigation privilege (Civ. Code section, § 47, subd. (b)); the anti-SLAPP statute (California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 (â€
This appeal raises issues involving the interplay between the litigation privilege (Civ. Code section, S 47, subd. (b)); the anti-SLAPP statute (California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 ("section 425.16")); and Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1, regarding the procedure to be followed in lawsuits involving childhood sexual abuse and setting forth requirements prior to naming defendants in those pleadings. The trial court granted respondents' anti-SLAPP special motion to strike the instant lawsuit brought by appellant, Monsignor Joseph H. Alzugaray ("Alzugaray" or "appellant") against respondents. Alzugaray alleged eight causes of action involving defamation and false light invasion of privacy arising from complaints filed by respondents that alleged child molestation by Alzugaray, but did not name him as a defendant in those complaints. The trial court found respondents were protected by the litigation privilege. This appeal follows.
Court conclude that appellant is not a "defendant" entitled to at least temporary anonymity under section 340.1 and that the litigation privilege applies. Court therefore affirm the judgment following the trial court's order granting respondents' motion to strike.