In April, Govan filed what’s known as an “anti-SLAPP” motion, a last ditch attempt to get Arenas’ case against her thrown out, because she argued that it was malicious and violated her right to free speech. However the judge sided with Arenas, and said Govan’s refusal to give evidence in the case made him believe she intentionally leaked the “STD” email in order to humiliate Arenas.
A judge denied Govan’s request to dismiss the case, and went a step further by striking all of her responses from the suit, leaving her without a defense and effectively putting her into default.
Govan’s lawyer, Michael Heicklen, then announced that he was no longer repping Govan and she would be her own lawyer.
Arenas’ $37,145 legal fees were for time spent defending against Govan’s legal maneuvering in trying to get the suit tossed, along with making the case for Govan to pay Arenas’ attorney fees, Murphy said.
A judge has yet to rule on Arenas’ motion.