Texas’s anti-SLAPP statute protects a citizen’s online reviews about an assisted living facility.
Defamation Defense and Anti-SLAPP
Defending against defamation, invasion of privacy, and other speech-based lawsuits is one of JT Morris Law's most active practice areas.
Defamation law is complex, nuanced, and constantly changing. Especially when it comes to defamation law for social media and other online speech. That's why we don't just dabble in defamation and other speech defense. Instead, we choose to make it a focus of our day-to-day practice.
To that end, we've helped an array of clients protect their speech and publications. These include investigative journalists, consumer reviewers, doctors and other professionals, politically-active citizens, and anonymous bloggers. And we regularly defend clients against defamation claims for what they said on social media and elsewhere online.
Some examples of how we have helped clients protect their speech against legal threats include:
- Getting defamation, business disparagement, and similar claims dismissed--with attorney's fees awards to our clients--under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, Texas's anti-SLAPP statute.
- Representing clients in successful appeals over the Texas anti-SLAPP statute.
- Protecting anonymous internet users targeted in libel lawsuits or subpoenas because of what they said online.
- Fending off cease-and-desist letters demanding retractions and threatening defamation and similar lawsuits.
- Providing pre-publication review and advising for authors, journalists, and digital content creators.
- Counseling social media and mobile application providers on best practices for managing and moderating user-provided content.
An example of how Texas’s anti-SLAPP statute protects citizens who speak up about community issues.