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CLA, Business Law Section, July Meeting of the Health Law Standing Committee

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Partner Carlo Coppo will be presenting on “Updates on SLAPP in Medical Staff Proceedings” at the July meeting of the CLA Business Law Section’s Health Law Standing Committee.  This presentation will be the third in a series of presentations to the Health Law Committee of CLA on the status of the law of anti-SLAPP as it applies to healthcare litigation with particular focus on physician lawsuits against hospitals and peer review bodies following the imposition of corrective action. 

Mr. Coppo will discuss the case before the California Supreme Court in Wilson v CNN, in which the issue is whether allegations by a plaintiff of retaliation discrimination are relevant under Prong One of the anti-SLAPP analysis regarding the application of CCP 425.16.  The significance of Wilson is whether the Court will find that the mere allegation of the motive behind an adverse employment action will bar the application of the statute, or whether the signification of motive is to be reserved for Prong Two of the anti-SLAPP analysis.  The significance is also whether the Court will address the unique need in healthcare for anti-SLAPP protection against premature, harassing lawsuits by physicians who have not exhausted their internal administrative or external judicial remedies. 

Established in 2018, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) is a nonprofit, member-driven, mission-focused organization dedicated to the professional advancement of attorneys practicing in the state of California.  Their Business Law Section (BLS) serves as a forum to educate members on recent developments and current issues in all fields of business law; provides a vehicle for the business bar to communicate with the general public, the California Legislature, regulatory agencies, business trade associations, and other interested groups.  Additionally, the BLS’s Health Law Standing Committee affords unique opportunities for lawyers to participate in the creation of law in this practice area, to get to know and be known by other practitioners, to work with the recognized leaders in the healthcare field and to stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques.

To learn more about, CLA, BLS, and the Health Law Standing Committee, please click here.

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