Free Speech

by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
anonymity, slapp, speech, texas

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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