Prestigious Pets and its owner filed a lawsuit against pet owners Michelle and Robert Duchouquette accusing the couple of defamation, business disparagement, and breach of contract arising from comments that they posted as part of a one-star Yelp.com review. The Plaintiffs sought up to $1 million in damages from the Duchouquettes. The Duchouquettes argued that the court should dismiss the claims based on the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, otherwise known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which allows a judge to dismiss frivolous lawsuits filed against individuals who speak out about a matter of public concern. The court granted the couples' Motion to Dismiss on August 26.
Michelle and Robert Duchouquette were represented by Thompson & Knight Trial Partner Nicole Williams, Thompson & Knight Trial Associates Andrew Cookingham and Christopher Dachniwsky, and Paul Alan Levy, a trial attorney with Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group that advocates on behalf of consumer rights.
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