Travis Crabtree

Travis Crabtree

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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Texas Anti-SLAPP Law: The Expanding Scope of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act – Part 4 – A decision in Schlumberger, sort of

Since we published Part 3 that discussed the details of an interesting case here in Houston, Schlumberger v. Rutherford, the First Court of Appeals issued its opinion on Tuesday. The best description of the decision is a...more

8/28/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Breach of Contract Breach of Duty Conversion Fiduciary Duty First Amendment Free Speech Interlocutory Orders Jurisdiction Misappropriation Motion to Dismiss Trade Secrets

Texas Anti-SLAPP Law: The Expanding Scope of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act – Part 3

The basics of the Texas Anti-SLAPP law In part three we are going to deep dive into a specific case that has garnered a lot of attention-Schlumberger v. Rutherford which is currently on appeal to the Houston Court of...more

8/5/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Breach of Contract Data Collection Discovery First Amendment Infringement Litigation Strategies Misappropriation Patent Infringement Patents Restraining Orders TCPA Tortious Interference Trade Secrets Work Computer

Texas Anti-SLAPP Law: The Expanding Scope of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act – Part 1

The Texas Anti-SLAPP law is known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the “TCPA” found at Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code at § 27.001, et seq.). “If a legal action is based on, relates to, or is in response to a party’s...more

7/13/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Attorney's Fees Defamation First Amendment Free Speech Motion to Dismiss Protected Activity Texas

When Online Behavior Crosses The Line – The Law On Threats, Libel And Just Being Rude

A frequent question we get is what can we do about the online posting about me? Often times, the answer is not much. Lawyers can only help when the online conduct crosses the line into a cognizable cause of action. Figuring...more

4/9/2014 - Class Action Cyberbullying First Amendment Libel Online Platforms Revenge Porn

Back From The Land Of Trial Mode: January Quicklinks

There has not been much activity on the blog because we have been engaged in a long copyright and misappropriation of trade secrets trial. So, we share with you some of the articles we have been reading, but just haven’t had...more

1/30/2014 - Anonymity Blogs Cyberbullying Defamation Disclosure Fake Reviews First Amendment Free Speech Libel Online Reviews Transparency Yelp

Facebook “Like” Is Protected First Amendment Speech

I don’t often make predictions on legal outcomes, so when I do and I get it right, it’s worth sharing. In May, we talked about whether “liking” a candidate would constitute protected speech under the First Amendment. A...more

9/24/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech

Firing Employees For Their Social Media Content – First, Stop And Think [Audio]

Much has been written about whether you can fire someone for what they put on Facebook. Your gut reaction may be that surely if someone talks bad about the company, you can fire them. The National Relations Labor Board...more

1/29/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech Hiring & Firing NLRB Protected Concerted Activity

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