An owner of residential rental property entered in to a purchase agreement with a buyer for the sale of the property. A tenant residing in the property informed the buyer of the existence of a registered sex offender living nearby and the buyer canceled the purchase agreement in response. The owner incurred money losses due to the cancellation of the sale and made a demand on the tenant for the losses. The owner claimed the contract with the buyer failed due to the tenant’s interference by disclosing information to the prospective buyer. The tenant claimed revealing the existence of a registered sex offender to a prospective buyer was protected conduct under anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) laws since the location of a registered sex offender is public information of concern to property owners. A California court of appeals held the tenant was protected by anti-SLAPP since public information revealed during a sale is legal conduct. [Cross v. Cooper (2011) 197 CA4th 397]
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