In Tichinin v. City of Morgan Hill (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 1049, we won a news-grabbing published reversal of the trial court’s order granting the City of Morgan Hill’s anti-SLAPP motion. In connection with a local attorney’s constitutionally-protected activities, the City of Morgan Hill adopted a resolution condemning his protected activities and requesting his resignation from the City’s Urban Limit Line Subcommittee. The Court of Appeal’s reversal reinstated the plaintiff attorney’s civil rights lawsuit.
While the pros of mediation usually outweigh the cons, the determination can vary based on the parties' personalities and willingness to negotiate. Still, since mediation is strongly encouraged by the courts, parties should consider it as well.
You have a First Amendment right to protest. However, the government is allowed to place narrow restrictions on the exercise of your rights. Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets to protest.