On interlocutory appeal, a Texas appellate court affirmed the trial court’s denial of two Cheniere Energy, Inc. executives’ motion to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit by the company’s former associate general counsel.  Cheniere Energy, Inc. v. Lotfi, No. 13-00515 (Tex. App. June 10, 2014).  The executives had argued that the whistleblower lawsuit violates their First Amendment right to freedom of association under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, an anti-SLAPP statute.  Because the executives failed to meet their burden of showing how the lawsuit, which claims the executives fired the former associate general counsel in retaliation for raising ethical violations, interferes with their exercise of First Amendment rights, the Texas appellate court rejected this argument.