APPEAL from the Superior Court of Riverside County. Gloria Trask, Judge. Reversed with directions. (Super.Ct.No. RIC541258)
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Richli J.
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Philipp Goebels, through his attorney, Hugo Wm. Anderson, Jr., (collectively defendants), filed the underlying nuisance action against Sonja Zinke. After Zinke prevailed in that action, she filed this malicious prosecution action against defendants. Defendants filed special motions to strike under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 (SLAPP motions), which were denied.
Defendants contend that the trial court erred and that the motions should have been granted because:
1. Zinke's malicious prosecution complaint is not legally sufficient.
2. Zinke has no admissible evidence of lack of probable cause.
3. The default judgment that was entered against Zinke in the underlying action establishes probable cause (even though it was later vacated).
4. Zinke is bound by her admission in the underlying action that she was conducting horse training, boarding, and breeding operations on her property (even though she denied that these operations constituted a nuisance).
5. As to Attorney Anderson, Zinke has no admissible evidence of malice.
6. As to Attorney Anderson, Zinke failed to comply with Civil Code section 1714.10, which prohibits the assertion of a cause of action against an attorney for civil conspiracy ...