NOT FOR PUBLICATION
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Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Edward M. Chen, District Judge, Presiding D.C. No. 3:20-cv-01522-EMCBefore: PAEZ, NGUYEN, and OWENS, Circuit Judges.
The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2).
David Douglas Fennell appeals pro se from the district court's judgment dismissing his action challenging the constitutionality of California's anti-SLAPP statute, Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 425.16. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo a dismissal under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). Watson v. Carter, 668 F.3d 1108, 1112 (9th Cir. 2012). We affirm.
The district court properly concluded that Fennell failed to state a claim that California's anti-SLAPP statute is unconstitutional because it was enacted to retaliate against him. See Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (a plaintiff must present factual allegations sufficient to state a plausible claim for relief). Fennell also failed to state a claim that the statute's provision for the striking of certain claims arising from speech concerning "an issue of public interest," Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 425.16(e)(3), violates the First Amendment by singling out whistleblowers for different treatment. See IMDb.com Inc. v. Becerra, 962 F.3d 1111, 1120 (9th Cir. 2020) (a law does not offend the First Amendment by having only an incidental effect on speech).
We do not consider matters not specifically raised and argued in the opening brief, or arguments and allegations raised for the first time on appeal. See Padgett v. Wright, 587 F.3d 983, 985 n.2 (9th Cir. 2009).