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March 2024

Massachusetts High Court: Motive is Irrelevant Under Anti-SLAPP Law

By Jeffrey J. Pyle
In Bristol Asphalt v. Rochester Bituminous Products, the court overturned a controversial 2017 decision that required evaluation of the SLAPP filer’s “primary motivating goal” for bringing suit. The court also held that appellate review of anti-SLAPP decisions will henceforth be de novo, not for abuse of discretion.