Texas House Votes To Narrow Anti-SLAPP Law

By Michael Phillis (April 30, 2019, 8:49 PM EDT) -- The Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday nearly unanimously passed a bill that would rein in the Texas Citizens Participation Act, excluding attorney discipline and certain trade secret cases from the scope of the powerful dismissal tool.

The legislation, which passed 143-1, narrows the scope of the law. The bill would prohibit the TCPA's use in trade secret cases and noncompete disputes that can arise in employment litigation and would no longer permit the TCPA's use by a defendant trying to escape a common law fraud claim.

It also specifically excludes attorney discipline cases from the TCPA. That comes after a...

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