Judge Nixes New Trial Bid In Tiger Welfare Defamation Row

By Michelle Casady (March 21, 2017, 7:07 PM EDT) -- A state district judge in Houston recently declined to reconsider his earlier ruling or grant a new trial to Landry's Inc. and its Houston Aquarium restaurant in a defamation suit it brought against the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which has raised concerns about the treatment of white tigers at the restaurant.

The suit was dismissed on Feb. 22 under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, a state free speech law intended to curb strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP suits. The ALDF also obtained a $450,000 sanction against the restaurant group, with District Judge Steven Kirkland writing he was granting the...

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