When can “limited discovery” be allowed in an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss?
Under the Texas Citizen Participation Act, the court can approve limited discovery on its own. Or a party can file a motion showing “good cause” for limited discovery. See Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 27.006.
To show good cause the party asking for limited discovery generally has to show the court that the discovery they are asking for would help them get the evidence needed to prove the necessary facts to survive the anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss.
If the court allows limited discovery, it can set the hearing date to a date not longer than 120 days after the date you served the anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss on the nonmovant. This is another safeguard to ensure that even when limited discovery is approved, it does not drag on. See Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 27.004.