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H&L victory listed among top five appellate reversals of 2013.

February 24, 2014

The Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal included one of Horvitz & Levy LLP’s appellate victories from last year as one of the top five appellate reversals in California in 2013. According to the editors of the Daily Journal, they compiled the list based on “outcomes that have a larger significance than just for the attorney and client.”

In the featured case, Malin v. Singer, H&L partners Jeremy Rosen and Felix Shafir represented prominent entertainment lawyer Martin Singer, his law firm Lavely & Singer, and Andrew Brettler, another lawyer at the firm. All three were named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging that Singer sent a demand letter on their client’s behalf that constituted civil extortion. The trial court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case as a violation of California’s anti-SLAPP law (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation).

Horvitz & Levy represented the defendants in an appeal from that order. The Court of Appeal reversed, agreeing with our arguments that the demand letter was protected petitioning activity which could not give rise to liability. The court’s opinion makes clear that lawyers are permitted to zealously advocate for their clients when sending pre-lawsuit demand letters without risking liability.

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