Best to bone up on Texas libel law before you start suggesting legal strategies – Plaintiffs who bring libel cases where Defendants have truth as an absolute defense lose and lose big, including paying the defendant’s costs:
Truth is still a defense to any claim of verbal (slander) or written (libel) defamation. Better yet, the 2011 Texas Anti-SLAPP statute makes it harder for defamation lawsuits to be used as a bullying tactic.
Headnote: If a defamatory statement is true or substantially true, it is not actionable.
Headnote: A publication is substantially true, and therefore not actionable as defamation, if, in the average reader's mind, the allegedly defamatory statement is not more damaging to the plaintiff's reputation than a truthful statement would have been; conversely, a publication that consists of statements that are literally true when read in isolation can still convey a false and defamatory meaning by omitting or juxtaposing facts.
Headnote: In suits brought by private individuals, truth is an affirmative defense to slander.
Headnote: Truth is a complete defense to defamation.
Headnote: Under Texas law, truth or substantial truth is a complete defense to a defamation claim. V.T.C.A., Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 73.005.