Talking about Ratings by Moody’s, Fitch, S&P Ruled to Be Protected Speech – Bloomberg

 

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Ratings by Moody’s, Fitch, S&P Ruled to Be Protected Speech – Bloomberg

Ratings by Moody’s Investors Service Inc., Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings Ltd. described as “wildly inaccurate” in a $1 billion lawsuit are protected speech, a California judge said in a tentative ruling.  Judge Richard Kramer in San Francisco state court said yesterday that the companies’ ratings of three structured investment vehicles that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money on are a form of speech about an issue of public interest that is protected under a state law designed to fend off cases meant to chill public debate.

The law aims to protect “good guys” trying to exercise free speech from their adversaries who seek to quell the speech by filing meritless lawsuits

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