Breitling Can't Avoid Atty Fees In Fight With Petroleum News

By Jess Krochtengel (April 3, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Defendants who file an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation motion in Texas can still win the motion and accompanying attorneys' fees after a plaintiff has nonsuited its claims, a Texas appeals court held recently in a decision ordering Breitling Oil & Gas Corp. to pay a newspaper's $82,000 in fees.

The Fifth Court of Appeals said Wednesday that a trial court was within its authority to grant an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss filed by Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska LLC, operating as Petroleum News Bakken, weeks after Breitling nonsuited defamation claims against the oil and gas trade publication. The appeals court said...

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