Anti-SLAPP and First Amendment Rights

Haynes and Boone, LLP has extensive experience in bringing anti-SLAPP motions in state and federal court. We have been instrumental in the passage of the Texas anti-SLAPP statute, have worked with several other states in amending existing statutes, and have been involved in efforts to get federal legislation passed. Our experience gives us the ability to defend against SLAPP suits in states like Texas, California and New York, in Washington, D.C., and in federal court.

The Anti-SLAPP and First Amendment Rights Practice Group includes several seasoned First Amendment, intellectual property, and social media lawyers who understand the unique aspects of SLAPP litigation. SLAPP matters always arise out of content, which is what our group has experience in protecting. SLAPP cases can arise in a large array of disputes involving the right to free speech and press, the right to petition, and the right of association. Because SLAPP suits may involve a myriad of claims including defamation, tortious interference, abuse of process, breach of contract, employment disputes, and more, it is important to have the experience of those who have a deep understanding of SLAPP statutes to assist in defending against SLAPP suits.


Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses the rise in defamation suits against the media with a survey of recently-filed cases and a panel discussion about their impact. It also presents the legal arguments meant to form the basis for a motion seeking media access to the executive branch.

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Don't Mess with the First Amendment in Texas

While current events are garnering a lot of attention on First Amendment rights and the need for government transparency, it is worth noting that Texas has some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting the rights of a free press and free speech.



The Libel Suit Strikes Back

Much has changed since 1972 when reporters Woodward and Bernstein exposed President Nixon of wrongdoing. Through their extraordinary reporting, the public learned of “dirty tricks,” criminal actions and a cover-up led by this country’s leaders inside the White House. Fast forward 45 years later and now the media has become a political punching bag and scapegoat used to further an agenda.

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