Bloomberg Law
Dec. 22, 2022, 9:49 PM

Bored Ape NFT Lawsuit’s Anti-SLAPP Denial Appealed to 9th Cir.

Isaiah Poritz
Isaiah Poritz
Legal Reporter

Artists Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen—who allegedly sold knock-off Bored Ape nonfungible tokens—appealed a Los Angeles federal judge’s decision to deny their Anti-Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation motion against Bored Ape maker Yuga Labs Inc.

The appeal was docketed Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after US District Judge John F. Walter denied the motion on Dec. 16.

The anti-SLAPP motion argued that Yuga Labs, upset with Ripps’ criticism on social media, initiated the lawsuit to silence him and bury him in legal fees. Ripps argued that his NFTs are protected free speech that critique ...

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