Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike the Complaint [anti-SLAPP Motion] is GRANTED.


On August 8, 2018, Plaintiff Debtor in Possession DDC Group, Inc. (“DDC”) commenced this action against Luis Anthony Rios (“Rios”) and Infill Construction, Inc. (“Infill”) (collectively, “Defendants”). The complaint alleges three causes of action for defamation per se, trade libel and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. As alleged in the complaint, Rios was DDC’s Controller in late 2017 through early 2018. While he was Controller of DDC, Rios also maintained his own construction company, Infill, without knowledge or approval of DDC. Rios, on behalf of himself and Infill, made certain false and defamatory statements in internet postings and interfered with DDC’s relationship with a prospective client, Dog Haus.

On October 15, 2018, the Court denied Defendants’ motion to permit discovery while the instant an........