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HB 991: Defamation, False Light, and Unauthorized Publication of Name or Likenesses

GENERAL BILL by Andrade ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Beltran ; Black

Defamation, False Light, and Unauthorized Publication of Name or Likenesses; Provides that journalist’s privilege does not apply to defamation claims when defendant is professional journalist or media entity; revises provisions concerning venue for certain actions; provides for attorney fees & costs to prevailing plaintiffs in certain actions; specifies certain persons may not be considered public figures; provides certain allegations are defamatory per se; provides statutory damages to prevailing plaintiffs who are subject of such allegations; creates presumption that statement by anonymous source is presumptively false; provides public figure does not need to show actual malice to prevail in defamation action.

Effective Date: 7/1/2023
Last Action: 3/14/2023 House - Now in Judiciary Committee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
2/21/2023 House • Filed
2/28/2023 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee
• Referred to Judiciary Committee
• Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
3/7/2023 House • 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
3/10/2023 House • Added to Civil Justice Subcommittee agenda
3/14/2023 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee
• Reported out of Civil Justice Subcommittee
• Now in Judiciary Committee