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OPEN QUESTION: Applicability of Anti-SLAPP Act in Federal Court

A recent Fifth Circuit opinion in a defamation action is raising concerns among media lawyers. The Fifth Circuit Decision - In Block v. Tanenhaus,[1] Walter Block appealed the dismissal under Louisiana’s anti-SLAPP...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces New Rule for Exemplary Damages

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the imposition of excessive exemplary damages. Whether an award comports with due process is measured by three guideposts...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces E-Discovery Guidelines

Discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) plays an increasingly important—and expensive—role in litigation. With few opportunities to provide guidance on discovery disputes, the Texas Supreme Court recently seized...more

House Amends Class Action & Fraudulent Joinder Statutes

On March 9, 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 and the Innocent Party Protection Act, addressing class actions and fraudulent joinder suits, respectively. The class action bill...more

In 2016 the Texas Supreme Court Continues to Favor Arbitration

In 2016, the Texas Supreme Court issued three important opinions affecting arbitration agreements. The most significant was Hoskins v. Hoskins, 497 S.W.3d 490 (Tex. 2016). The issue in that case was whether a party seeking to...more

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