Texas governor signs anti-SLAPP bill into law

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports that a new law makes it easier for Texans to dismiss lawsuits filed against them for using their right to speak freely.

SLAPPs, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, are sometimes used to try to shut down public complaints against individuals, business practices, land developments or other entities or matters of public concern. Gov. Rick Perry signed the new Texas law, the Citizens Participation Act, June 17.

Reporters Committee notes that Texas is the 27th state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass such legislation, and that Congress is also considering a similar law.