Defamation Suit Against Houston TV Station Nixed On Appeal

Law360, Houston (July 11, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday said a former charter school superintendent's defamation suit against a Houston television news station over a broadcast that allegedly implied she embezzled $3 million lacked sufficient proof and should be dismissed under the state’s anti-SLAPP statute.

The First District Court of Appeals ruled that reports by ABC affiliate KTRK Television Inc. that Theaola Robinson says suggested she was connected to $3 million missing from the coffers of Benji’s Special Education Academy did not qualify as “defamation per se,” requiring dismissal...
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