Catholic Priest SLAPP Against Attorney Dismissed

In 2003, Erin Brady brought two civil lawsuits alleging that a particular Catholic priest had molested her as a child. Her attorney, Ray Boucher, gave an interview with the Los Angeles Times regarding Brady’s lawsuit. In response, the accused clergy member sued Brady, Ray Boucher and his firm, Kiesel, Boucher & Larson, and SNAP, an advocacy organization for victims of clergy molestation.

The clergy member’s lawsuit alleged eight causes of action, including libel based on the accusations in Brady’s two lawsuits, libel based on press releases and a leaflet about the lawsuit distributed by SNAP, and slander based on Boucher’s interview statements. Boucher, his law firm and SNAP filed motions to strike the lawsuit pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP law, which the court granted. 

See Alzugaray v. Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BC311107 (2004).

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