Assn. for LA Deputy Sheriffs v. LA TimesAnnotate this Case
The union representing deputy sheriffs in the LA County Sheriff’s Department filed suit to enjoin the LA Times from publishing news reports about the Department’s hiring of officers who used to work for the County’s Office of Public Safety. The trial court granted the Times' anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation), Code Civ. Proc., 425.16, motion. The court concluded that the trial court correctly found that the union's complaint arises from the Times' protected activity, which in this case is news reporting; the trial court correctly found the injunction the union sought would be an unconstitutional prior restraint; the union has not shown that the trial court abused its discretion in ruling on the Times' objections to the union's declarations; and, therefore, the court found no abuse of discretion on the part of the trial court. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.