Bullies Beware: Safeguarding Constitutional Rights Throughout Anti-Slapp in Texas

Date

2014

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Publisher

Texas Tech Law Review

Abstract

Reviews the Texas Legislature's enactment of the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) in 2011. The TCPA provides threshold protections for First Amendment rights. Examines how the Act furthers the exchange of truthful ideas and opinions unfettered by the prospect of being hauled into court for publicly voicing a critical view. Describes First Amendment liberties in Texas through the TCPA that are practical against misuse of the judicial process.

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Keywords

Texas Citizen Participation Act, Texas legislative history, Procedure, Pleadings and deadlines, Statutory procedures, Evidence, Hearing on Anti-Slapp motion, Appeal of Anti-Slapp ruling, Effect of plaintiff's nonsuit, Attorney's fees and sanctions, Constitutional rights, Types of speech protected

Citation

Laura Lee Prather and Justice Jane Bland, Bullies Beware: Safeguarding Constitutional Rights Throughout Anti-Slapp in Texas, 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 725 (2014-2015)