The Los Angeles Daily Journal selected a recent victory by McGuireWoods litigators on behalf of defense contractor Teledyne RISI for its 2020 “Top Verdicts” list. The case was featured in a special supplement published Feb. 3, 2021.
In Martin Baker Aircraft Company LTD v. Teledyne RISI Inc., Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. sued Teledyne in response to a previous breach-of-contract dispute between the companies. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Oct. 6, 2020, granted Teledyne’s special motion to strike the complaint under California’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) statute.
In the Daily Journal’s “Top Verdicts” issue, Evans said the court’s decision “demonstrates the importance of the anti-SLAPP statute to litigants who have valid claims, in particular the importance of being able to bring those claims before courts without facing subsequent malicious prosecution claims, which as we know are typically vengeful claims brought for the purpose of deterring future litigation.”
“The statute worked as it was intended to work,” he added. “It stopped the litigation immediately.”
The Daily Journal previously featured the case in its Nov. 6, 2020, “Verdicts & Settlements” section.