Texas Court Axes Online Harassment Case $300K Fee Award

By Jess Krochtengel (May 7, 2018, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court has reversed a $300,000 attorneys' fees award in an online harassment case and blocked an order requiring online apologies be posted, finding that a man who won dismissal of defamation claims didn't adequately prove the fees had been reasonably incurred.

The Second Court of Appeals concluded that a district judge awarded an unreasonable amount of attorneys' fees and awarded an excessive $150,000 sanction to Neal Rauhauser after dismissing an online harassment case against the man under the Texas Citizens Participation Act. The court also overturned the district court's order saying that plaintiff James McGibney and his ViaView...

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