Thursday, February 14th, 2013...12:09 pm

Update: Significant Victory for Steven Tyler’s Lawyer in American Idol Suit

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Olivia Langford

Back in October I wrote about a suit by Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler’s management group, Tenth Street Entertainment (TSE), against Tyler’s lawyer, Dina Lapolt of LaPolt Law, P.C. TSE sued for more than $8 million in damages, alleging (1) breach of fiduciary duty, (2) breach of the duty of confidence, (3) intentional interference with contract, and (4) intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Here’s an update:

Judge Joseph R. Kalin of California’s Superior Court granted LaPolt’s anti-SLAPP motion earlier this month. A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a suit intended to censor and intimidate critics by exhausting them with litigation until they cease their criticism. The California Anti-Slapp Statute allows people to file a motion to dismiss complaints filed against them for acts of free speech regarding a public issue. Attorneys’ fees and court costs will often be awarded to a defendant whose anti-SLAPP motion is granted.

The Superior Court also dismissed two other claims against LaPolt regarding Motley Crue for failure to properly plead the elements of the causes of action. One of Lapolt’s attorneys, Christine LePera of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, says they intend to go after TSE for legal fees. LaPolt has received quite a bit of support from her clients, including Steven Tyler and Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and Mick Mars.

The case doesn’t end there though. One of TSE’s claims survived: that LaPolt owes them a portion of the commission from Tyler’s touring revenue. I will update with whatever I find out as the case unfolds.

For more information on the California Anti-SLAPP Statute, visithttp://citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/anti-slapp-law-california

Olivia Langford is the co-editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Blog. She is a frequent contributor, mainly in the field of entertainment law. She can be reached at oplangford@email.wm.edu.

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