DC Court of Appeals dismisses an appeal by Defendants in Michael Mann defamation lawsuit

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

On December 19 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals dismissed as moot an appeal by National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute of the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, on the grounds that a motion to dismiss an amended defamation complaint filed by Dr. Mann is still pending before Judge Weisberg in DC Superior Court. In this latest development in the procedurally somewhat tangled case, the Court of Appeals made no ruling on the substance of the defamation case.

DC Court of Appeals Ruling December 19, 2013

Dr. Mann had filed an amended complaint shortly after the hearing on the Defendants’ motion to dismiss. So, as for the next step in the case, now that the Court of Appeals has mooted the Defendants’ arguably frivolous abuse of process appeal, trial court Judge Weisberg needs to rule on the Defendants’ motion to dismiss Dr. Mann’s amended complaint. If the trial court denies that motion (or any portion of it) it’s likely that Defendants will appeal to the Court of Appeals again at that point.

The briefs filed by the ACLU and the Reporters Committee, referenced in the Court of Appeals December 19 ruling, were with respect to a jurisdictional question — i.e., whether the denial of a motion to dismiss under the District of Columbia anti-SLAPP law is immediately appealable (or whether Defendants would have to wait until the end of proceedings before the trial court to appeal). The Court of Appeals didn’t rule on this jurisdictional issue.

Also see the discussion at Rabett Run: The Appeals Fairy Declines Jurisdiction

Earlier posts on the case:

DC judge denies another effort to derail Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit (September 13)

Judge denies National Review’s Motion to Reconsider ruling in Michael Mann’s defamation case (August 30)

Michael Mann v. National Review et al. defamation lawsuit – new Plaintiff’s briefs (August 19)

DC Court affirms Michael Mann’s right to proceed in defamation lawsuit against National Review and CEI (July 19)

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3 Responses to DC Court of Appeals dismisses an appeal by Defendants in Michael Mann defamation lawsuit

  1. denis arvay says:

    Is there a fund for Dr, Mann’s legal fees where people who want to support his case can contribute. NR censors comments that they don’t like, I was banned for criticizing an article on mayor DeBlasio. They are a dangerous propaganda mill for the far right and there methods need discovery.

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