Spouse shelves suit; no attorneys’ fees for ex (access required)

RICHMOND, Va. -- When a man voluntarily dismissed a defamation suit against his ex-wife before she moved to dismiss in federal court, she cannot recover attorneys’ fees pursuant to Virginia’s “anti-SLAPP” statute, the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled in a matter of first impression. A similar hypothetical was posed in the defamation case Johnny Depp ...

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