In 2011, the Texas legislature enacted the Texas Citizens Participation Act (anti-SLAPP statute), which allows parties to move to dismiss— and seek mandatory fees and sanctions for—claims relating to the party’s broadly defined rights to petition, speak freely, and associate freely. Because Texas courts have construed the TCPA broadly, it extends far beyond traditional First Amendment claims and has been applied to a wide variety of business disputes.
In these webinars, we discussed how companies need to be aware of the TCPA, not only when filing or defending lawsuits, but also when drafting agreements. Our first webinar focused on TCPA considerations for disputes involving intellectual property rights and was led by Baker Botts Partners Amy Hefley and Liz Flannery. Our second webinar focused on TCPA considerations for business disputes and agreements and was led by Baker Botts Partners Amy Hefley and Louie Layrisson.