After originally being dismissed by the lower court, a state Court of Appeal has recently reinstated a California Attorney’s suit against screenwriter Justin Swingle.
Attorney Richard Gibson’s suit alleges that Swingle’s comments accused the attorney of breaking the law, violating attorney ethics rules, being mentally ill, and bigotry.
Originally Swingle’s comments on the attorney’s Craigslist add were posted anonymously. However, Gibson was granted a subpoena which required Craigslist to identify the author of the posts and from there was able to name Swingle as defendant in his complaint.
The Los Angeles Daily Times reports that the Court of Appeals held that Swingle’s posts on Gibson’s Craigslist add “were not part of political speech nor speech on a matter of public interest.”
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