An article posted on a web proclaiming, falsely, that an actor had been arrested in connection with the illegal selling of kombucha—a fermented tea with a slight alcohol content—does not give rise to liability on the part of the website proprietors, the Court of Appeal for this district has declared.

In an unpublished decision filed Wednesday, Div. Eight, in an opinion by Presiding Justice Tricia Bigelow, affirmed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman’s granting of an anti-SLAPP motion filed by the defendants.

The case is Heying v. Anschutz Entertainment Group, B276375.

Steven D. Zansberg of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz represented the defendants.

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