Texas Justices Say No Lifting Of Stay In Anti-SLAPP Appeal

Law360 (June 17, 2019, 9:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. subsidiary of scrap metal recycling company EMR can't pursue a contempt finding in a trade secret theft case against a competitor, the Texas Supreme Court held Friday, saying an automatic stay bars the move while the competitor pursues an immediate appeal to toss the suit under a state free speech law.

The court said the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas didn't have the authority to grant a request by EMR Inc. to lift an automatic stay in the trial court in its trade secret case against Dallas-based Geomet Recycling LLC. Geomet was launched by former EMR employees and is accused of using confidential...

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