Jeffra v. California State LotteryAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against his employer, the California State Lottery, alleging retaliation in violation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act. The trial court denied the Lottery's anti-SLAPP motion to strike the complaint. The California Supreme Court subsequently decided Wilson v. Cable News Network, Inc. (2019) 7 Cal.5th 871 (Wilson), where the court disapproved of the precedent on which the trial court here relied, and held that retaliation claims arise from the adverse actions allegedly taken – here, the investigation – notwithstanding the plaintiff's allegation that the actions were taken for an improper purpose. The Court of Appeal affirmed and held, consistent with Wilson, that plaintiff's complaint arose from protected activity. The court also held that plaintiff established a probability of prevailing on the merits of his claim.