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May 2021

Connecticut Court Upholds Fair Report Privilege and Anti-SLAPP Law

Two Decisions Concern Local Lawyer’s Professional Sanctions

By William S. Fish, Jr. and Alexa Millinger
Two recent Connecticut Appellate Court decisions based on The Hartford Courant’s reporting on a local lawyer’s professional sanctions affirmed the strength of the fair report privilege as a defense to a defamation claim under Connecticut law and also represented the first appellate case decided under the state’s relatively new Anti-SLAPP law.