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The Latest on What Media Employers Should Know About the FTC’s Proposed Ban on Non-Competes

By Jamila Brinson | If I were a betting woman, I would say what remains top of mind for most media employers in 2023 remains the Federal Trade Commission’s January 5 proposed rule banning employers from utilizing non-compete clauses with their employees. The FTC’s proposal has led other employment attorneys to ask the question: Can we really imagine a world without non-competes and, if not, what are media employers doing about it?

World Press Freedom Day

Today, May 3, 2023, marks the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. In observation of this occasion, UNESCO encourages publishing a single message: “Everything is alright.” Because if everything is alright in the news, then something is wrong with journalism. And when journalism is compromised, we cannot protect human rights.

Jackson Walker proudly maintains close relationships with Washington, D.C.-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Austin-based Texas Association of Broadcasters. The Reporters Committee was created in 1970 at a time when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. TAB, formed in 1953, strives to promote and protect a favorable economic and regulatory climate for broadcasting and to educate members and the public at large about the opportunities available and advances possible through the efforts of free, over-the-air broadcast operations. To explore Jackson Walker’s efforts to protect the First Amendment rights of members of the press, visit our Media Law page.


What Are Parents’ Rights to School Video of an Incident with Their Child?

In an investigative report regarding one Dallas parent’s quest to obtain access to a video showing her 8-year-old son being assaulted by a school aide, CBS Texas featured an interview with Paul Watler.

Supreme Court Decision Will Have Global Impact on Free Speech Online

In an article addressing the landmark Supreme Court cases of Gonzalez v. Google LLC and Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh, Bob Latham, as Chair of the Board of ARTICLE 19, discussed the case of Gonzalez v. Google and the future of Section 230.

Don’t Use My Trademarks in Your NFTs! The Hermes v. Rothschild Verdict

Art Gollwitzer wrote about a Southern District of New York verdict in favor of Hermes, finding NFTs linked to digital images depicting Hermes’ famous “Birkin” handbags infringe Hermes’ trademark rights.

First Amendment and Free Speech: A Primer on the Cases We Should Know

Shannon Zmud Teicher spoke on a panel during the Dallas Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference on April 12, 2023. Topics included the intersection of religious liberty and free speech; Section 230 immunity; potential social media regulation; whether the Court is likely to revisit the actual malice standard and in what context; and the intersection of parody and free speech with the protections under trademark law.


Texas Appeals Court Denies Motion to Seal Evidence, Allowing Media to Retain Access to Exhibits From Trade Secret Dispute

The San Antonio Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Houston Forward Times (“Media Intervenors”) for the third time, reversing a trial court’s order and rendering judgment denying an amended motion to seal 14 trial exhibits in the case of Title Source v. HouseCanary. The Media Intervenors were represented by Chip BabcockAmanda Crouch, and Joshua Romero.


Austin PBS Board

Emilio Nicolas has joined the board of Austin PBS (KLRU-TV), a locally owned and operated nonprofit public media station in Central Texas, and one of the most prolific PBS member stations in the country.

Austin Monitor Strategic Advisory Council

Sean Gallagher has been invited to serve on the Strategic Advisory Council of Austin Monitor, a local not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization focused solely on issues important to Austin.

Dallas Entertainment, Art, and Sports Section

Shayan Gaziani joined the 2023 Council of the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section.


2023 Texas Rising Stars

Sixty-three Jackson Walker attorneys were selected to Thomson Reuters’ 2022 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Of those recognized, media attorneys Amanda Crouch and Joel Glover were named among the “Up-and-Coming 100: 2023 Texas Rising Stars” list.

Austin Under 40 Awards Finalist

Media law litigator Jorge Padilla was selected as a finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards, which honor and celebrate Austin professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their careers, while also making an impact in the community. The 24th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards and Fundraiser takes place on May 15, 2023, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.

2023 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

In the 2023 edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list, Jackson Walker was ranked in Tier 1 of law firms in the United States for our First Amendment Litigation practice.


A True ‘World’ Series

The World Baseball Classic has come of age and represents a bright future for international excitement around the game, Bob Latham writes in his most recent column published in SportsTravel Magazine.

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