Nonsense lawsuits against lawyers by pro se litigants can be costly and require an exuberant amount of effort and time. But recent Texas Supreme Court rulings have supplied some tools for lawyers in those situations.

In Youngkin v. Hines, the court determined in an April decision, that a lawyer who was sued for fraud not only had immunity, but could also use Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute to win both dismissal and attorney fees. The ruling demonstrated how the Texas Citizens Participation Act—designed to protect citizens from lawsuits that attack free speech—can be used to raise a lawyer’s qualified immunity defense.

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