Mobile Medical Services etc. v. RajaramAnnotate this Case
Plaintiffs Jill Shelton, Mobile Medical Services for Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. (NPS), and Mobile Medical Services for Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc., a Nursing Corporation (MMS) filed a complaint against defendant Chalat Rajaram. The complaint was based on defendant’s statements to the California Nursing Board (Board) that led to the investigation of Shelton. The trial court granted defendant’s special motion to strike the complaint (anti-SLAPP motion), granting leave to amend one cause of action for breach of contract. After NPS filed an amended complaint for breach of contract, defendant filed another anti-SLAPP motion, which the court denied. Defendant appealed, contending the amended breach of contract cause of action was a sham because NPS merely eliminated the offending allegations from the original complaint. Defendant argued the amended breach of contract cause of action seeks to impose liability on him based solely on his statements to the Board. Thus, he argued the court erred in denying the anti-SLAPP motion. After review, the Court of Appeals concluded there was no authority for the court to grant leave to amend the original complaint. Therefore, the Court reversed and remanded with directions to the court to grant defendant’s original motion to strike without leave to amend.