Calif. Law Guides Texas Appeals Court's Anti-SLAPP Ruling

Law360, Houston (May 2, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday pointed to California law in ruling that a business transaction exemption to a state statute protecting free speech did not apply to newspaper articles describing poor conditions at an assisted living facility.

Borrowing from a California Supreme Court case that analyzed a similar provision in that state's anti-SLAPP statute, the First District Court of Appeals held that the so-called commercial speech exception to the Texas Citizens' Participation Act did not apply to a series of articles published in the Mineral...
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