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Our view: Legislature should refrain from weakening anti-SLAPP law

Examples of TCPA in Action

Some eight years ago, the state legislature passed the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which was intended to provide early dismissal of meritless defamation suits filed by well-heeled plaintiffs looking to frighten and intimidate whistle-blowing critics in an approach that could be called, “If you can’t beat ’em, bankrupt ’em.”

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New legislation would Imperil Texas Anti-SLAPP Law

Examples of TCPA in Action

The 2019 session of the Texas legislature could prove damaging to public participation and media coverage. Texas legislature is currently considering legislation (House Bill 2730 and Senate Bill 2162) that could facilitate harassing, meritless lawsuits on independent journalism and facilitate using the courts to threaten the public’s right to speak freely on public issues.

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