Brodeur v. Atlas Entertainment, Inc. Makes For Entertaining Reading.
Sometimes I stumble across a case having nothing to do with the subject of this blog, yet I feel compelled to share. “The principal issue in this case is whether a statement made by a ‘slightly unhinged’ character in a motion picture, American Hustle (Columbia Pictures 2013), was made ‘in connection with a public issue or an issue of public interest’ within the meaning of the anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute. (Code Civ.Proc., § 425.16, subd. (e)(4).)1 We hold that it was . . . “ The case arises out of a statement made in the movie American Hustle by the character Rosalyn, who said she had read an article by Paul Brodeur claiming that microwave ovens take the nutrition out of food. Mr. Brodeur was not amused, and sued for defamation. Spoiler alert: “ditzy” may be the dispositive word in the opinion. Brodeur v. Atlas Entertainment, Inc., (2/8 June 6, 2016) (unpublished). Enjoy.