Laura Prather in Texas Association of Broadcasters: Anti-SLAPP Litigation Law Continues to Benefit Media Outlets


The media outlet victories keep coming for the Citizens' Participation Act, commonly referred to as the Anti-SLAPP statute or CPA.

In mid-December, TAB’s general counsel Jackson Walker won a case for The Burnt Orange Report utilizing the law passed by the 2011 Texas Legislature through work by TAB and other groups.

Judge Jim Jordan of Dallas' 160th Judicial District Court granted a motion to dismiss claims against The Burnt Orange Report, its owner and editor and a reader who posted on the blog. Jordan will now conduct a hearing on mandatory attorneys’ fees, costs and "sanctions against the Plaintiff sufficient to deter him from bringing similar actions..."

The ability for a media entity to potentially recoup attorneys’ fees is one of the more progressive components of the relatively new law, which was authored by attorney Laura Prather of TAB Associate member law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP.  Haynes and Boone is one of three law firms that fields TAB members' routine legal questions on state legal matters.

Excerpted from Texas Association of Broadcasters, January 10, 2013. To view full article, click here.

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