This is a dispute between partners in an adult entertainment business. After finding accounting irregularities, plaintiff Akbar Baharian-Mehr sued the corporation which operated the business and his partners Glenn Smith (Smith), Leroy Smith (Leroy) and Theron Smith (Theron). Smith then filed a special motion to strike under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, the anti-SLAPP statute. (Subsequent statutory references are to the Code of Civil Procedure.) The trial court denied the motion, and Smith appeals. As we discuss below, the motion was properly denied because the complaint did not arise from any protected activity on Smiths part, but from a business dispute between the parties, and the mention of any protected activity was merely incidental. We therefore affirm the trial courts order denying the motion. We also affirm the $1500 attorney fee award against Smith and order Smith to pay Baharian-Mehrs attorney fees and costs on appeal.