Summit Bank v. Rogers, 206 Cal. App. 4th 669 (2012)

Summit Bank sued its former employee Robert Rogers for posting allegedly defamatory statements about the bank in the “Rants and Raves” section of Craigslist. In response to the bank’s lawsuit, Rogers filed an anti-SLAPP motion to strike the complaint on the ground that the suit was brought for the illegitimate purpose of chilling Rogers’s right to speak freely about the bank. The trial court denied Rogers’s motion, but the Court of Appeal reversed, holding that Rogers had met his burden of showing that the bank’s defamation action arose from an act in furtherance of his constitutional right of free speech in connection with an “issue of public interest” and that the bank had failed to satisfy its burden of showing a probability of success on the merits.