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Civil Litigation

Feb. 29, 2024

Erika Girardi’s anti-SLAPP defense denied in $18.2 claim

The plaintiff, a fashion designer, claims that Girardi and her assistants, as well as U.S. Secret Service agents and American Express, conspired to wrongfully prosecute him. The ruling allows him to proceed with his claims.


A federal judge in Los Angeles denied Erika Girardi's attempt to use the state's anti-SLAPP defense to drop an $18.2 million lawsuit over allegations that she, along with the help of her estranged husband Thomas V. Girardi, schemed to wrongfully prosecute a fashion designer for credit card fraud.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald's order on Tuesday stated he could not determine whether Erika Girardi's alleged actions constituted il...

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