Defamation - Citizen's Participation Act (SLAPP) in Texas

        
  
     
Legal Area:        Ethics Litigation Civil Appellate
Total Credit Hours:        1.00
Ethics Credit Included:        1.00
Registration Fee:        $25.00
Course Materials:        textaudio
Session END DATE:        05/31/2018
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CLEonline.com is pleased to present this unique online course on the Texas Citizen's Participation Act, a SLAPP law. Although most counsel associate SLAPP with defamation, employment matters, real estate cases, inter-organization matters and regulatory matters have had SLAPP as the definitive issue. In the past 4 years, there are over 40 appeals cases on SLAPP. The Texas Citizen's Participation Act will impact most lawyer's practices in the future. SLAPP is not only of interest to defendants; plaintiffs are also proceeding on counterclaims based on SLAPP. This course features a streaming audio presentation by Mr. Herb Kraft, in which he discusses the issues outlined below. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session. The audio presentation is accompanied by cases, ethics opinions and materials that can be included in employee manuals and employee training.



Subjects to be discussed during this course include:

  • Types of SLAPP cases
  • Texas Citizen's Participation Act (SLAPP)
  • Procedural Issues
  • Deadlines
  • Motions
  • Rulings
  • Appeals
  • Clear and Specific Evidence
  • Proof of Damages
  • Proof of Defamation
  • Hurtful Statements vs. Defamatory Statements
  • Political Speech
  • Explaining SLAPP to a Plaintiff
  • Due Diligence Steps (11)
  • Alternatives to Immediate Litigation
  • Investigation and Sitting Back and Waiting




The speaker for this course is Mr. Herb Kraft, an attorney and the author of several software programs used by attorneys for over 20 years to generate attorney-client employment arrangements. He has personally applied for fees from state and federal courts at the trial and appeal levels in over 400 cases. Kraft has testified as an expert in fees in state and federal court proceedings. Kraft graduated from Florida State University School of Law in 1983 with high honors, and began practicing in creditor's rights law, and later acted as counsel in several election challenges and civil rights claims. Kraft is now primarily a consultant to multi-national firms on computer software licensing, but still advises law firms on attorneys' fees issues. He resides in Redondo Beach, California.


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This course is approved for credit by the MCLE Committees of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Tennessee. In addition, regular CLE credits for this seminar may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity (such as Florida) or as an "Approved Jurisdiction" (Tennessee). CLEonline.com is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. (These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar.)


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