Fired CNN Writer’s Bias Claims Revived by California Court

Dec. 14, 2016, 9:08 PM

A black CNN producer/writer fired after an alleged plagiarism incident may pursue race bias and retaliation claims against the media giant, a divided California Court of Appeal ruled (Wilson v. Cable News Network, Inc., 2016 BL 414314, Cal. Ct. App., No. B264944, 12/13/16).

The decision is significant because the appeals court rejected CNN’s attempted use of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” statutes to dismiss fired employee Stanley Wilson’s claims, attorneys representing Wilson said Dec. 14.

The acronym SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” Under California’s anti-SLAPP laws, a party arguing a lawsuit is infringing its ...

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