Activists Say No New Trial In Tiger Welfare Defamation Row

Law360, Houston (March 15, 2017, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which obtained a $450,000 sanction against restaurant group Landry's Inc. and its Houston Aquarium restaurant, has told a Texas district judge in Houston to reject the group's bid for a new trial, arguing that the request only rehashed arguments already rejected by the court.

In a Feb. 22 ruling, Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland dismissed the defamation lawsuit against the ALDF, which claims tigers held at the aquarium had been mistreated, under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, a state free speech law intended to curb strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP suits. He awarded...

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