Texas Homeowners Ask Court To Rethink Claims Against Atty

By Kelly Knaub (October 1, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT) -- A group of Galveston, Texas, homeowners — including well-known attorney Carol Severance, who was heavily involved with the area after Hurricane Ike — asked a state appeals court Tuesday to reconsider its July dismissal of their suit against a Galveston lawyer for allegedly interfering with their property sale.

The homeowners argue Bruce I. Schimmel's right to petition and right of free speech shouldn't be protected under the Texas Citizens Participation Act — a law aimed at blocking so-called "strategic lawsuits against public participation" — because he was acting on behalf of and being paid by the homeowners association for the neighborhood...

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