The Texas Supreme Court recently made a significant ruling in an Internet defamation case that is a step in the right direction for the many individuals and businesses harmed by false online speech.

In an opinion delivered on Aug. 29, the court held that authors of defamatory online posts can be required to remove those posts from the Internet. The ruling didn’t go quite as far as some business owners had hoped. The plaintiff’s request for a permanent injunction that would restrict the defendant from publishing the same or similar statements online was denied. The court found this to be an unconstitutional prior restraint.