Texas Justices Clarify Anti-SLAPP Dismissal Deadlines

Law360 (April 30, 2021, 5:08 PM EDT) -- The deadline to try to ditch lawsuits under the Texas anti-SLAPP law can reset under specific conditions, including when plaintiffs file amended pleadings that add new parties, allege new essential facts or assert new legal claims, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.

In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court agreed with reality TV star and real estate investor Armando Montelongo's argument that the state's anti-SLAPP statute, the Texas Citizens Participation Act, allows for its 60-day deadline to restart when certain amended or supplemental pleadings are filed, giving more time for parties to file motions to dismiss.

Anti-SLAPP laws are designed...

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