Texas Justices' Reversal Of Atty Fee Ruling Hinges On Comma

Law360, Houston (April 15, 2016, 11:25 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday held that a free-speech law that puts plaintiffs on the hook for a defendant's legal fees if the case is thrown out mandates "reasonable" attorneys' fees that cannot be reduced on the basis of “justice and equity,” basing its decision on the absence of a punctuation mark in the statute.

The ruling stems from two defamation suits filed by Salem Abraham, a former school board member in Canadian, Texas, against conservative activist and blogger Michael Quinn Sullivan and against the owner of AgendaWise, a conservative nonprofit political group, over an allegedly defamatory article published about...

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