Judge Patricia M. Lucas issued a tentative ruling a day in advance of a hearing between the Bullis Charter School (BCS) and the Los Altos School District over BCS' motion to strike the district's cross-complaint.
The judge denied Bullis' special motion to strike and overruled Bullis on several causes of action in a demurrer its lawyers had filed.
The charter school had made a so-called anti-SLAPP special motion against the district after it filed a cross-complaint in reaction to BCS' request for attorneys' fees because it prevailed in the state court of appeal in October 2011.
LASD board president Doug Smith said the district received a phone message that Bullis would not appear in court to further argue its motion to contest the tentative ruling.
"Any time we don't have to go to court, it's a good thing," Smith said. "I'm happy about the outcome, it's favorable for the district, but I'm sorry we have to spend money on these things in the first place."
Patch will update this article as more information becomes available.
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