Verrill Attorneys Secure Landmark Victory in Anti-SLAPP Defense Against Business Competitors

Verrill attorneys were victorious in defending against a special motion to dismiss filed by business competitors in a case with claims for unfair and deceptive business practices and abuse of process. Bristol Asphalt Co., Inc. v. Rochester Bituminous Products, Inc., 493 Mass. 539 (2024). The SJC used the case to clarify and simplify the legal framework that Massachusetts Courts use for evaluating a special motion to dismiss filed under the Anti-SLAPP Statute. The SJC has been focused on refining this standard for several decades and has successfully provided clear guidance on the analysis required by the Anti-SLAPP Statute for reviewing a special motion to dismiss.