Andy Ngo's lawsuit against Rose City Antifa, protesters can move forward, judge decides - 2020-12-23
A right-wing Portland journalist's legal battle with left-wing activists will move forward after a Multnomah County judge rejected a courtroom maneuver that would have tossed out the case as frivolous.
Circuit Judge Kathleen M. Dailey denied on Dec. 15 a special motion to strike down the suit, which was filed by plaintiff Andy Ngo against Rose City Antifa, five named protesters who are alleged to have attacked or harassed him, and numerous other unnamed defendants in June. It seeks $900,000 in damages.
Lawyers for defendant Benjamin Bolen — who said he has been misidentified as an assailant of Ngo during a demonstration that occurred at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility — had hoped the judge would deem the suit a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, and thereby end the litigation at an early stage.