Satterlee Stephens Wins Affirmance of Dismissal of Defamation Action Brought Against Client Newsmax Media, Inc.


Satterlee Stephens won affirmance of the dismissal of a defamation action brought against its client, Newsmax Media, Inc. (“Newsmax”), from the California Court of Appeal.  The action, which sought in excess of $33 million in damages, was brought against Newsmax by actor Andrew Keegan.  It was based on a Newsmax article regarding the Los Angeles Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control’s raid on a spiritual center Mr. Keegan co-founded.  The action had been dismissed by the trial court under California’s anti-SLAPP statute.  The California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal in its entirety.  Newsmax was represented in the matter by Satterlee Stephens Partners Mark Lerner and Michael Cabin