Grade: A

Texas has an excellent anti-SLAPP law. It was enacted in 2011.

Statute or Case Law? Any Forum? Any Public Issue? Mandatory Attorney Fees/Costs? Additional Burden? Amendment After Grant? Amendment While Pending? Immediate Appeal?
Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 27.002-9 Y Y Y ? Y Y

The Citizens Participation Act (HB 2973)

Governor Rick Perry signed anti-SLAPP legislation into law on June 17, 2011. It passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature unanimously. As such, under Texas law the act takes effect immediately. Texans targeted with a SLAPP can now file a motion to dismiss the suit that suspends discovery until the Court rules on the motion. In addition, the Court may award fees and costs to a SLAPP victim upon the granting of the motion.

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