A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision to strike (on anti-SLAPP grounds) several causes of action in the case of Rand Resources v. City of Carson. The appellate court unanimously agreed with HYSM’s lawyers that California’s anti-SLAPP statute does not insulate the City of Carson and its former mayor from contract and tort claims involving Rand Resources, LLC’s work as the City of Carson’s exclusive agent with respect to attracting an NFL franchise to the area. The Court of Appeal found that the claims did not arise from any act in furtherance of defendants’ right of petition or free speech. Joseph J. Ybarra argued the appeal for Rand Resources, LLC. With him on the briefs were Aaron M. May and Carlos A. Singer.