A lawsuit is dismissed based on an act citing freedom of speech, the First Amendment right of community watchdog Hector Farias. He claimed to have been looking out for Laredo tax payer dollars when he spoke out against businessman Eduardo Garza of Uni- Trade Fowarding.
The case dragged out in court for more than a year. But, the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, denied Garza another hearing in the case. Garza alleged Farias, with Voices of Democratic Action, made defamatory statements against him at city council meetings. According to Garza’s attorneys, that included Farias saying that Garza made campaign contributions, gave gifts and did favors for elected officials in exchange for government contracts.
Farias’ attorneys cited the Texas Citizens Participation Act, that encourages people to speak out. Now the case has been dismissed.
Baldemar Garcia, attorney for Farias, says the act not only protects people like Farias, but also fines those who are suing against them.