Houston TV Station's Defamation Win Upheld On Appeal

Law360, Houston (March 31, 2016, 5:13 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday nixed, for the second time, attempts by a former charter school superintendent to bring a defamation suit against a Houston television station over a news broadcast that allegedly implied she embezzled $3 million.

The First Court of Appeals originally ruled in July 2013 that Theaola Robinson lacked sufficient proof to bring the claims against ABC affiliate KTRK-TV and that it therefore must be dismissed under the state's anti-SLAPP statute in the Texas Citizens Participation Act. In October 2014, the trial court dismissed the case with prejudice and awarded attorneys' fees, costs and sanctions to KTRK....

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