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Defamation and Speech Defense

Defending speech against lawsuits and other legal threats.

JT Morris Law defends clients against claims of libel and slander, invasion of privacy, and other allegations attacking one's speech. This includes utilizing the Texas Citizens Participation Act and other anti-SLAPP statutes to seek early dismissal when appropriate.

We regularly respond to cease-and-desist letters threatening defamation lawsuits, always with the goal of fully protecting a client's expressive freedoms while deterring a lawsuit. The firm also counsels clients on pre-publication issues.

Our representative defamation and speech defense matters include:

  • Defending a wide range of clients in defamation disputes, including investigative journalists, community whistleblowers, consumer reviewers, victims of sexual harassment and domestic abuse, and social media users.
  • Obtaining early dismissal of speech-based lawsuits and awards of attorney's fees under the Texas anti-SLAPP statute.
  • Representing clients in appeals concerning the Texas anti-SLAPP statute.
  • Protecting the anonymity of online speakers targeted by lawsuits.
  • Responding to cease-and-desist letters concerning defamation and similar claims.
  • Providing pre-publication review and advising for authors, journalists, filmmakers, bloggers, and digital content creators.
  • Counseling social media and mobile application providers on best practices for managing and moderating user-provided content.
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