Texas Free Speech Law Doesn't Apply In Fed. Court: 5th Circ.

Law360 (August 26, 2019, 4:04 PM EDT) -- A Texas free speech law that contains a provision to bring an early end to lawsuits aimed at curbing public participation is in conflict with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and therefore cannot be used in federal court, the Fifth Circuit ruled Friday.

In a ruling reviving a defamation lawsuit, a three-judge panel weighed in on an issue that's caused a split among the federal circuit courts: whether state anti-SLAAP, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, laws like the Texas Citizens Participation Act can apply in federal court. The First, Second and Ninth circuits have found that similar anti-SLAPP laws...

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