Eric Schiffer has successfully opposed an anti-SLAPP motion filed by A&E Television Networks and Gangland Productions, which sought to dismiss claims filed by S&B's client arising from A&E's failure to conceal his identity, as promised, during an interview which aired on the History Channel's documentary series "Gangland." A&E tried to portray the claims as bearing upon protected first amendment activity and invoked the protections afforded by California's Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, which prevents a "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," also known as a "SLAPP." Eric Schiffer successfully argued that while the subject matter of the "Gangland" broadcast (southern California gang activity) was a matter of public interest, our client's face and identity were not matters of public interest, such that the principal thrust of our client's claims did not involve protected first amendment activity. In a well-reasoned thirteen page opinion, District Judge Andrew Guilford agreed with Mr. Schiffer and denied the motion. "I think the Judge got it exactly right and understood that not everything the media touches automatically invokes first amendment rights," said Eric Schiffer. Even though A&E Television and Gangland Productions had their anti-SLAPP motion denied, the unique nature of the SLAPP statute allows even the denial of such a motion to be appealed. The matter is now pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to Eric Schiffer, "We are hopeful that the Ninth Circuit will affirm Judge Guilford's well-reasoned opinion and will allow this case to continue to move forward in the trial court level so our client can seek a proper remedy for the substantial damages he has incurred as a result of A&E's and Gangland's actions."