Public comments about a lawyer’s competence are protected by the anti-SLAPP statute, but comments about whom she sleeps with aren’t, a California appeals court said Mar. 6 in an unpublished decision.

In an omnibus complaint, Lawyer Lenore Albert brought multiple defamation claims for a host of unrelated, unflattering statements various individuals and companies allegedly made about her. In one of three appeals, the Court of Appeals of the State of California for the Fourth Appellate District said nearly all of...