SPM, Inc. v. Corbett & Steelman
Plaintiff SPM, Inc. appeals from an order granting special motions to strike pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute (Code Civ. Proc., 425.16). Defendants are Ashik Patel, Bharat Patel, Purushottam Patel and PBA, LLC (Patel Parties); Corbett & Steelman, a law firm, Ken Steelman and Mark Monachino (Corbett Parties); Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, a law firm, Paul Hamilton and Neil Erickson (Jeffer Parties); and Berger & Norton and Michael M. Berger (Berger Parties). Plaintiffs action for malicious prosecution arose out of a cross complaint filed by the Patel Parties in the underlying action. The other defendants represented the Patel Parties at some stage in the underlying action. Appellant contends the court erred in finding it did not establish a lack of probable cause, malice or damages in the underlying action. Court affirm.