Range Can't Revive Defamation Claims Against Anti-Frackers

By Paul DeBenedetto (April 24, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT) -- Range Resources Corp. can't pursue defamation claims against a Texas couple who claimed fracking contaminated their water well with methane, the Texas Supreme Court said Friday, handing a victory to environmental groups and clarifying the state's anti-SLAPP law.

A lower court of appeals originally held that the state's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation law, the Texas Citizens Participation Act, required the dismissal of Range's claims that Shyla Lipsky and Alisa Rich published defamatory remarks in a viral video concerning Range. The company claimed Lipsky and Rich conspired with Lipsky's husband Steven "to publicly blame Range for the contamination," but the court found...

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