HB 1759 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) has been scheduled for House debate on Wednesday, May 1. The bill establishes a procedure whereby a person that publishes false information about another person may mitigate damages in a subsequent defamation action by retracting or correcting the information. The bill provides that a claimant may not maintain a defamation action unless: (1) the claimant makes a timely request for a retraction or correction; or (2) the person making the false statement publishes a retraction or publication. A claimant who does not make a timely request for retraction or correction cannot recover exemplary damages in any event.

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