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Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group, LLC

United States District Court, District of Columbia

September 27, 2013

YASSER ABBAS, Plaintiff,
v.
FOREIGN POLICY GROUP, LLC, JONATHAN SCHANZER, Defendant

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For YASSER ABBAS, Plaintiff: Louis G. Adolfsen, Michael F. Panayotou, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, MELITO & ADOLFSEN P.C., New York, NY; Rania Shoukier, LEAD ATTORNEY, MIDDLE EAST U.S. LEGAL SOLUTIONS, LLC, New York, NY; S. Dwight Stephens, MELITO & ADOLFSEN, PC, New York, NY.

For FOREIGN POLICY GROUP, LLC, Defendant: Adam R. Tarosky, Kevin Taylor Baine, LEAD ATTORNEYS, WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY, LLP, Washington, DC.

For JONATHAN SCHANZER, Defendant: Nathan E Siegel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Seth D. Berlin, Shaina D Jones, LEVINE, SULLIVAN, KOCH & SCHULZ, LLP, Washington, DC.

For DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Amicus: Andrew J. Saindon, LEAD ATTORNEY, D.C. OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, Washington, DC; Ariel B. Levinson-Waldman, OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, Washington, DC.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Judge.

Plaintiff Yasser Abbas brings this defamation action against Foreign Policy Group and Jonathan Schanzer, the author of an article that appeared in Foreign Policy Magazine in June 2012. Pending before the Court are defendants' motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) and special motion to dismiss pursuant to the District of Columbia Anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation Act of 2010 (the " Anti-SLAPP Act" ), D.C. Code ยง 16-5502(a) (2012). Upon consideration of the motions, the responses and replies thereto, the amicus brief filed by the District of Columbia, the applicable law, and ...


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