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The DC Code: § 16-5502 Special motion to dismiss.

Index16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. (Refs & Annos)
a
A party may file a special motion to dismiss any claim arising from an act in furtherance of the right of advocacy on issues of public interest within 45 days after service of the claim.
b
If a party filing a special motion to dismiss under this section makes a prima facie showing that the claim at issue arises from an act in furtherance of the right of advocacy on issues of public interest, then the motion shall be granted unless the responding party demonstrates that the claim is likely to succeed on the merits, in which case the motion shall be denied.
c
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, upon the filing of a special motion to dismiss, discovery proceedings on the claim shall be stayed until the motion has been disposed of.
2
When it appears likely that targeted discovery will enable the plaintiff to defeat the motion and that the discovery will not be unduly burdensome, the court may order that specified discovery be conducted. Such an order may be conditioned upon the plaintiff paying any expenses incurred by the defendant in responding to such discovery.
d
The court shall hold an expedited hearing on the special motion to dismiss, and issue a ruling as soon as practicable after the hearing. If the special motion to dismiss is granted, dismissal shall be with prejudice.

Historical and Statutory

Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 19-120, in subsec. (c)(2), substituted "specified discovery" for "specialized discovery". D.C. Law 19-171 enacted into law Chapter 55 of Title 16. Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 201 of Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendments Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-261, December 21, 2011, 58 DCR 11232). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 201 of Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendments Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-326, March 19, 2012, 59 DCR 2384). Legislative History of Laws For history of Law 18-351, see notes under § 16-5501. Law 19-120, the "Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendment Act of 2011", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 19-215, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 1, 2011, and December 6, 2011, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 21, 2011, it was assigned Act No. 19-262 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 19-120 became effective on April 20, 2012. For history of Law 19-171, see notes under § 16-5501. DC CODE § 16-5502 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-351, § 3, 58 DCR 741; Apr. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-120, § 201, 58 DCR 11235; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 401, 59 DCR 6190.)