Judge: Glenn R. Salter, Case: 22-1257324, Date: 2022-08-18 Tentative Ruling

Defendants St. Mary’s School, Sharon Taylor, Doug Patterson, and Rebecca Zipprich filed a motion to strike the Complaint under the anti-SLAPP statute.  (Code Civ. Proc., § 425.16.)


No tentative.  The court intends to hear oral argument and then take the matter under submission.


It appears that the underlying facts supporting the student’s expulsion, as well as the administrative process related to the expulsion, are undisputed and not contested.  The thrust of the action appears grounded solely on the undisputed actions taken by school personnel after the expulsion; that is, the dissemination of information about the expulsion and the student involved to others.  If the parties disagree with this preliminary assessment, they need to advise the court at the start of argument.


The defendants should also be prepared to address that part of the School Handbook that provides for the dissemination of an expulsion to another school.  Does that section apply in any situation, or only if the other school first asks?