How did Trial Court Rulings on the Texas Anti-Slapp do in the Dallas Court of Appeals in 2018?

The Dallas COA issued eighteen (18) opinions involving Texas Anti-Slapp, one of which was withdrawn and superseded.  Demonstrating the complexity of the statute, the TC’s results were a mixed bag, with TC’s being upheld slightly more than they were reversed.  Two of the opinions were the result reversals by the TSC, remanding the issue back to the Dallas COA for further determination.

·       In six  (6) opinions the trial court’s (“TC”) decision was completely upheld. 

·       In four (4) opinions the TC was completely reversed. 

·       Six (6) other opinions were either split (upheld in part, reversed in part), did not reach the main issue of whether the Texas Anti-Slapp should have been granted, or were not addressing the merits of a grant or denial of the motion.

 ·       Five (5) opinions dealt with the grant of a Texas Anti-Slapp dismissal  (2 upheld, 2 reversed, and 1 split decision).

·       Six (6) opinions dealt with the denial of a Texas Anti-Slapp dismissal (2 upheld, 2 reversed, and 2 split decisions).

·       Three (3) opinions dealt with attorneys’ fee issues.

·       Two (2) opinions were on remand from the TSC.

·       One (1) dealt with the breadth of discovery.

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