Sullivan v. Abraham (Opinion)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff sued Defendant for defamation. The trial court dismissed the suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which provides for the award of attorney’s fees and expenses, as well as sanctions “sufficient to deter” future similar actions. The trial court granted a portion of the attorney’s fees and expenses requested by Defendant but declined to award sanctions. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees and expenses but remanded for the trial court to reconsider its decision to deny sanctions. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the courts below used the wrong standard in determining the attorney’s fees portion of the award. Remanded to the trial court for its determination of “reasonable attorney’s fees” under the appropriate standard.