Laura Prather in TAB Newsletter: Federal anti-SLAPP bill gets hearing; Texas’ state anti-SLAPP law hailed as a success

06/30/2016

This month marked the fifth anniversary of a state law that Texas media outlets have successfully used to dismiss meritless lawsuits filed to silence reporting on matters of public concern.

TAB helped pass the state’s anti-SLAPP law, the Citizen Participation Act, in the 2011 Texas Legislature...

Former KTXS-TV news director and anchor Paul Brown moderated the session which featured bill author state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; Justice Jane Bland, Texas First Court of Appeals; Bama Brown, iHeartMedia Austin; Terri Burke, Texas ACLU; and Laura Prather, Haynes and Boone, LLP...

Prather, testifying before the House subcommittee last week, noted there were three reasons why passage of a federal anti-SLAPP law was needed.

"First, there is a patch-work of state laws in the area creating an invitation for forum shopping and inconsistent application of laws; second, there is a split of authority as to whether state anti-SLAPP laws apply in federal court; and, third, even in those states that have anti-SLAPP statutes, they generally do not apply to federal claims."

Excerpted from the Texas Association of Broadcasters Newsletter. To read the full article, please click here.

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