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.

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Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses a KHOU-TV defamation lawsuit appellate ruling, and recent developments on federal statutes impacting the media.

Media and Entertainment

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Tom Williams Helps Fill News Industry Need For Media Law Training

Haynes and Boone Partner Tom Williams spoke about media law on April 17 at the Freedom of Information Foundation’s Open Government Seminar at the University of Texas at Arlington. Addressing  an audience of Texas government employees, lawyers, journalists and students, Williams offered details on the most recent legislative amendments to the Texas Open Meetings Act, addressed changes lawmakers might consider next year and reviewed significant legal opinions by four of the last five state Attorneys General.

First Amendment

Wesley Lewis

Two Recent Developments on Federal Statutes Impacting the Media

While many federal officials—in both the executive and legislative branches—seem to make a habit of expressing hostility toward established First Amendment norms and the free press, there is some cause for optimism stemming from Congressional action—as two recent developments show.

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