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Bone Up On Your Texas Libel Law Before You Start Suggesting Legal Strategies

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Bone Up On Your Texas Libel Law Before You Start Suggesting Legal Strategies

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:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB02973F.htm

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.

http://repository.law.ttu.edu/bitstream/handle/10601/93/schoen4.pdf?se

1. Tatum v. The Dallas Morning News, Inc.

Headnote: If a defamatory statement is true or substantially true, it is not actionable.

2. Tatum v. The Dallas Morning News, Inc.

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.

3. River Oaks L-M. Inc. v. Vinton-Duarte

Headnote: In suits brought by private individuals, truth is an affirmative defense to slander.

4. Iroh v. Igwe

Headnote: Truth is a complete defense to defamation.

5. Williams v. Cordillera Communications, Inc

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.

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