Amanda L. Bush represents clients in a variety of matters including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and media and First Amendment litigation. Ms. Bush also regularly handles appeals in state and federal appellate courts.
Ms. Bush's media practice includes representing national and local media clients in defending libel, slander, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of likeness, business disparagement, and infliction of emotional distress claims at both the trial court and appellate court levels. She also regularly defends subpoenas in both criminal and civil courts and advises clients regarding prior restraints, access, newsgathering, pursuing public records, and pre-publication review. Ms. Bush's intellectual property litigation practice includes handling patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and trade secret misappropriation disputes. She also has a wide range of business litigation experience handling contractual and fiduciary duty disputes, real estate disputes, and insurance defense matters.
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- In re Harris, 315 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, no pet.)
Petition for writ of mandamus granted, directing the trial court to withdraw electronic discovery orders relating to "special master" appointed by the trial court.
- Wills Ranch, LLC, et al. v. KXAS-TV, et al., Cause No. 017-236774-09 (17th Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas 2009)
Summary judgment granted in favor of KXAS-TV against horse boarding facility and its owner in libel and business disparagement lawsuit arising out of news broadcasts and an online article.
- Virgie Arthur v. CBS Studios, Inc., et al., Cause No. 2008-24181 (80th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas 2008)
Summary judgment granted in favor of CBS Studios, Inc. as to plaintiff's defamation claim arising out of two Entertainment Tonight broadcasts.
- Riccio v. Phillip McGraw, et al. (Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 2009)
Anti-SLAPP special motion to strike granted in favor of McGraw in defamation suit arising out of Dr. Phil Show television program.
- Teresa Stephens v. Cable News Network, Inc., Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Time Warner Inc., Cause No. 4:09-CV-103-Y (N.D. Tex. 2009)
Motion to dismiss granted under 28 U.S.C. 1915(e) in lawsuit alleging violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and invasion of privacy.
- Lena Thomas v. American Broadcasting, Inc., NBC Broadcasting, Inc., CBS Broadcasting, Inc., FOX Entm't Group, Inc., AOL, Inc., and DOES 1 through 1000 (17th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas 2008 and N.D. Tex. 2008)
Plea to the jurisdiction granted, dismissing for lack of subject matter jurisdiction plaintiff's claims for copyright infringement and violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil Rights Act, and the Federal Torts Claim Act arising out a self-published book. Plaintiff subsequently filed her claims in the U.S. District Court, which were dismissed, at the request of defendants' counsel, under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 before defendants were served with process.
- Waddell v. FOX Entertainment Group, et al., Civil Action No. 3:06-cv-2387-M (N.D. Tex 2008)
Summary judgment granted in favor of FOX News against chiropractor subject of investigative report into misuse of government loan program designed to benefit businesses affected by 9/11 attacks.
- Allen v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., 236 S.W.3d 315 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2007, pet. denied)
Affirming summary judgment and trial court's denial of various discovery motions and motion to disqualify counsel in action involving a dispute over proceeds of a $1 million key man life insurance policy.
- Abdel-Hafiz v. ABC, Inc., 240 S.W.3d 492 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2007, pet. denied)
Affirming summary judgment in favor of ABC, Brian Ross, and Charles Gibson as to plaintiff's defamation claims.
- FOX Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Abdel-Hafiz, 240 S.W.3d 524 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2007, pet. denied)
Reversing and rendering summary judgment in favor of FOX and Bill O'Reilly as to plaintiff's defamation claims.
- Cote v. Bank One, N.A. (N.D. Tex. 2004)
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Bank One, N.A. as to plaintiff's claims of mismanagement of trust investments.
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Ms. Bush is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Tarrant County Bar Association, and the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. Ms. Bush also serves as a vice-chair on the Training & Development Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law.
Ms. Bush serves on the Board of Directors of the Van Cliburn Foundation, and she chairs the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. In addition, she serves on the Advance Team of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Ms. Bush serves on the Executive and Steering Committees of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Dallas/Fort Worth "A Conversation With a Living Legend," and she chaired the Living Legend luncheon in 2012. Ms. Bush also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Symphony. Finally, she serves on the Executive Committee for the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association.
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Ms. Bush was the 2012 recipient of the Dallas Regional Chamber's Young Professional ATHENA award. She was named a "Rising Star" (2007-2013) by Thomson Reuters. She has also been named a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine for five consecutive years. In 2012, Ms. Bush was named to the Fort Worth Business Press's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.
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Ms. Bush is the co-author of "A Tale of Seditious Libel in the Twenty-First Century," 25 ABA Communications Lawyer 12 (Spring 2007) and "Damned if You Do. Damned if You Don't: Protecting the Fifth Amendment Rights of Civil Litigants," Texas State Bar 17th Annual Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course. Ms. Bush is also the author of "The History of Daubert and its Effect on Toxic Tort Class Action Certification," 22 Rev. Litig. 181 (2003). In January 2008, Ms. Bush was featured in a Fort Worth Business Press cover story highlighting her media law career.
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B.A., summa cum laude
, The University of Texas at Austin
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
- Administrative Editor, The Review of Litigation
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas