Blogger Uses Texas Free Speech Law To Nix Defamation Row

Law360 (June 21, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with a blog and its author, holding a trial court had wrongly declined to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a school principal and ruling a state free speech law protects the blog posts at issue on the ground they concern matters of public concern involving public officials.

Texas' First Court of Appeals held that the posts on the Iola Barker blog by James Trice fall under protected activity covered by the Texas Citizens Participation Act, a law intended to curb strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP suits. Trice was sued by two...

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