Paul Christopher Clifford

Paul Christopher Clifford

Practice areas:

Libel and slander

Contact info

2903 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA, 94702

Legal cases

  • Wong v. Jing (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 1354

    Practice Area:
    Libel and slander
    Date:
    Nov 09, 2010
    Outcome:
    Six of seven claims were dismissed under the anti-SLAPP law and more than $80,000 in attorneys fees were awarded.
    Description:
    The trial court denied an anti-SLAPP motion to strike a dentist’s claims of libel per se and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, filed against two parents and Yelp!, arising from a negative review on Yelp! regarding the dentist’s treatment of the parents’ child. The Court of Appeal held that six of the seven claims should have been dismissed pursuant to the anti-SLAPP law. On remand, more than $80,000 in attorneys fees were awarded
  • Barrett v. Rosenthal (2006) 40 Cal.4th 33

    Practice Area:
    Libel and slander
    Date:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Outcome:
    Entire lawsuit was dismissed as to our client, after a trip to the California Supreme Court, and more than $434,000 was awarded for attorneys fees and costs.
    Description:
    Three plaintiffs, vocal critics of alternative medicine, sued our client, breast-implant awareness activist Ilena Rosenthal, for defamation and related claims, based on critical comments she made about two of them on the Internet. The trial court granted her anti-SLAPP motion. The Court of Appeal affirmed this ruling as to two plaintiffs, but reversed as to the third. The California Supreme Court held that the third plaintiff’s claims should be dismissed as well, ruling that Rosenthal was protected from civil liability for republication of the words of another on the Internet by section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. On remand, the trial court awarded more than $434,000 for attorneys fees.
  • Thomas v. Quintero (2005) 126 Cal.App.4th 635

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Feb 04, 2005
    Outcome:
    Landord’s lawsuit against our client was dismissed pursuant our client’s anti-SLAPP motion.
    Description:
    Our client, John Quintero, was part of organized public protests against Richard Thomas, his landlord. After Quintero and others appeared at Thomas’s church, Thomas filed a petition against Quintero seeking injunctive relief against civil harassment (per Code of Civil Procedure section 527.6). Quintero filed an anti-SLAPP motion, which the trial court denied. The appellate court reversed, holding that the section 527.6 petition to enjoin civil harassment was subject to an anti-SLAPP motion and the plaintiff had not shown that the lawsuit had any merit.

Customer Reviews

I am eternally grateful for the representation I received from CASP. After a horrible experience with a dentist, I wrote a review on Yelp! so that other patients could avoid what I went through. Unfortunately, the dentist filed a SLAPP against me and claimed my review had caused her to suffer economic losses. I was terrified at the thought of being punished financially for simply posting my opinion online, but after thoroughly researching my options, it was clear that CASP had the greatest expertise and success record with this type of case. The attorneys at CASP were wonderful to work with and succeeded in having the SLAPP dismissed. Paul was especially great about communicating with me about everything going on and being responsive to all of my questions.

I was fortunate to have Mr. Clifford represent me in a Libel case. He was the prime lawyer from the CASP Group representing my Anti-SLAPP case.

Research Mr. Clifford’s work and I am certain you will draw the same conclusion I did. His dedication was above and beyond my wildest expectations. He handled my case as if he was representing himself. I have never found (and I have dealt with many) an Attorney as committed, knowledgeable and intelligent as he and I sadly say that I don’t ever expect I will find another like him again.

If you can convince him to represent you, consider yourself blessed…there are none better in his field and believe me I searched long and hard.

License
State Status Acquired Updated
CA Active 1985 08/24/2016
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Attorney California Anti-SLAPP Project 2003 – Present
Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
UC Hastings COL N/A law N/A
Fordham Univ N/A undergraduate N/A

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