Bullis Charter School Chairman Ken Moore announced to parents that the school had filed a 'Anti-SLAPP' motion, a maneuver in response to the Los Altos School district's earlier action seeking information about donations to the school and other information.
"This lawsuit was clearly filed in retaliation for BCS’s efforts to seek reasonably equivalent facilities," Moore wrote in a letter that went to parents late last week. "The California Legislature has labeled such a harassing and retaliatory lawsuit a 'Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,' or 'SLAPP' suit. SLAPP suits are intended to intimidate persons from continuing to exercise their constitutional rights of free speech and to petition the government."
The “Anti-SLAPP” motion, is a procedure that, if successful, "will terminate the District’s SLAPP suit," Moore wrote.
"Tied to Prop. 39 litigation, this would be a first for an anti-SLAPP," mused Ed Sklar, who is an Walnut Creek attorney who has advises and represents districts, including as counsel to the Santa Clara County office on charter matters from time to time. The maneuver was unusual, Sklar said, and he didn't think it would have much impact on litigation on Prop. 39 law in general.
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