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LIBERI v TAITZ (APPEAL - 9th CIRCUIT) - APPELLANT'S (TAITZ) OPENING BRIEF - TransportRoom.10-1

LIBERI v TAITZ (APPEAL - 9th CIRCUIT) - APPELLANT'S (TAITZ) OPENING BRIEF - TransportRoom.10-1

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12/19/2011 10 Submitted (ECF) Opening brief for review. Submitted by Appellant Orly Taitz. Date of service: 12/19/2011. [8005455] (KS)
12/19/2011 10 Submitted (ECF) Opening brief for review. Submitted by Appellant Orly Taitz. Date of service: 12/19/2011. [8005455] (KS)

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Case No. 11-56164
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Lisa Liberi, et al.,Plaintiffs/Appellees,
v.Orly Taitz, Defend Our FreedomsFoundations, Inc., et al.,Defendants/Appellants.
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Appeal from the United StatesDistrict Court for the CentralDistrict of CaliforniaCivil Action No.:8:11-CV-00485-AG (AJWx)
OPENING BRIEF BY APPELLANT,ORLY TAITZ
Kim Schumann, Esq., CSBN 170942Jeffrey Cunningham, Esq., CSBN 151067SCHUMANN, RALLO & ROSENBERG, LLP3100 S. Bristol St., Suite 400Costa Mesa, CA 92626(714) 850-0210 - telephone(714) 850-0551 - faxCounsel for Defendant/Appellant,Orly Taitz
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TABLE OF CONTENTSSECTION PAGE NO.
Introduction
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1Statement of Jurisdiction
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4Issues Presented
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5Statement of the Case/Procedural History
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6A.Parties’ Background and Related Litigation
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61.Summary of Orly Taitz’s and Philip J. Berg’s Activities62.Lisa Liberi’s and Lisa M. Ostella’s Background andRelationships to Philip J. Berg
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8B.Plaintiffs’ Complaint, Appellants’ anti-SLAPP Motion toStrike and Denial of Such Motion
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9Statement of Facts
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10A.Summary of Appellants’ Alleged Acts in Furtherance of their Rights of Petition and Free Speech in Connection withPublic Issues
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10Summary of Argument
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12I.Standard of Review
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13A.
 De Novo
Standard of Review Regarding Denial of ananti-SLAPP Motion to Strike Under California
Code of Civil Procedure
Section 425.16
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13B.Legal Standards Applicable to an anti-SLAPP Motion toStrike Under California
Code of 
 
Civil Procedure
Section 425.16
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II.The District Court, as a Matter of Law, Erred in Concluding thatAppellants Did Not Meet Their Burden of Proof Under Section425.16(b)(1) to Show That Plaintiffs’ Complaint Arises Out of Appellants’ Acts in Furtherance of Their Rights of PetitionOr Free Speech in Connection with a Public Issue
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16A.Appellants Met Their Burden Under Section 425.16(b)(1)Where Plaintiffs’ Complaint Clearly Arises Out of Appellants’ Alleged Acts in Furtherance of Their RightsOf Petition and Free Speech in Connection with PublicIssues
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161.Applicable Legal Standards Under Section 425.16(e)16a.AppellantsRight of Petition
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17 b.AppellantsRight of Free Speech
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182.Appellants’ Alleged Acts in Furtherance of Their Rights of Petition and Free Speech in ConnectionWith Public Issues
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20a.Appellants Allegedly Made “Written or OralStatement[s] or Writing[s] Made Before aLegislative, Executive, or Judicial Proceeding,Or Any Other Official Proceeding AuthorizedBy Law....” as Required by Section425.16(e)(1)
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20 b.Appellants Allegedly Made “Written or OralStatement[s] or Writing[s] Made in ConnectionWith an Issue Under Consideration or Review by a Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Body,or any other Official Proceeding Authorized
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