Don't Mess With Texas When It Comes To Protecting Free Speech

from the everything's-bigger-in-texas dept

Paul Alan Levy has nicely summarized two stories about Texas moving to better protect free speech. The first involves the Texas Supreme Court overturning a lower court's ruling to deny a motion from a couple of anonymous bloggers whose identity was being sought in a lawsuit. There's a bit of confusion concerning Google's role in this, but the company seeking the identity of the bloggers claimed that Google had agreed to cough up their names (Google suggests a slightly different story), and the court said that since the discovery was between Google and this other company (PRK Enterprises), the motion to quash from the bloggers could be denied. Thankfully, the Texas Supreme Court felt otherwise.

The second story may be even bigger news. We've covered anti-SLAPP laws many times, including the effort for a federal law, somewhat modeled on California's anti-SLAPP law, which is considered one of the most comprehensive. However, it appears that a bill is moving forward with plenty of support in Texas to create an anti-SLAPP law there that isn't just modeled on California's law, but may go even further in protecting speech. I guess it's true that they really do everything bigger in Texas...


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    Pixelation, Apr 25th, 2011 @ 10:49pm

    Go ahead Texas, pass this law. I have a patent on it and will be seeing you in East Texas court. Your screwed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2011 @ 11:36pm

    It's nice being able to be proud of something dealing with the government here. Mostly it's just judicial crap with patent disputes....

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Apr 26th, 2011 @ 1:06am

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    Also, human rights violations. Can't forget those.

     

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    Adrian in Dallas, Apr 26th, 2011 @ 4:00am

    Pending (?)Texas Anti-SLAPP legislation...

    Well, our legislature made it near impossible for gay citizens to marry each other here in Texas, so it's good that we second-class citizens may get to complain about it openly and legally...

     

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    Bryan, Apr 26th, 2011 @ 4:38am

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    "It's nice being able to be proud of something dealing with the government here. Mostly it's just judicial crap with patent disputes...."

    Could not agree more.

     

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    Greg G (profile), Apr 26th, 2011 @ 6:23am

    HB2793

    I think I need to find my state rep and tell him or her (yes, sadly I don't know who it is at the time of this comment) and ask.. nay, tell.. them to support this bill.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 26th, 2011 @ 7:01am

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    It's *you're* How hard is this to understand?

     

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    Brian Schroth (profile), Apr 26th, 2011 @ 7:16am

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    Apparently as hard as it is for you to understand the use of periods.

     

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    Pixelation, Apr 26th, 2011 @ 7:55am

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    Your mean.

     

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    slander (profile), Apr 26th, 2011 @ 6:12pm

    ... I've always found it rather amusing (and a bit pathetic) that whenever a Texan wants to claim how big and bad he is, he always resorts to a 1986 anti-littering slogan.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2011 @ 2:13pm

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    Humans have rights? When did this crap happen?

     

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    Tex, Apr 27th, 2011 @ 10:08pm

    Another SLAPP Lawsuit

    Here's another SLAPP lawsuit, too bad the law isn't already on the books: http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/amway-lawsuit-update-dont-mess-with.html

     

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