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Va. Cir.: Amended anti-SLAPP fee provision not retroactive (access required)

A Yelp reviewer who successfully defended against defamation claims couldn't claim attorneys' fees under Va. Code § 8.01-223.2 because 2017 amendments weren't retroactive, a Virginia circuit court held. Background Defendant Jeremiah Jones retained Plaintiff Will Nesbitt Realty LLC to assist him in renting a residential property. In May 2014, the parties signed a Property Management Agreement and a Listing Agreement. With ...