By Joel Glover | A Texas court reaffirmed last month that truth is still a strong defense, at the summary judgment stage, to a defamation claim against a newspaper regarding a matter of public concern. In Gallaher v. Denton Media Company, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals reinforced the statutory protections afforded to journalists against such claims and explained the contours of the defense. Gallaher is significant because it shows the defense’s strength even in the face of conflicting accounts about the accuracy of sources considered prior to publication.
For the 25th Anniversary of SportsTravel magazine, Bob Latham focused his Winners & Losers column on how this year’s Final Four in New Orleans showcased the principles upon which SportsTravel was founded, with a nod to Abraham Lincoln as well.
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In an interview with Asia IP Magazine, Chris Rourk shared insights about the metaverse and the implications for the intellectual property sector:
“It is likely that a metaverse platform provider will require users to agree to contractual provisions that will allow them to take down infringing materials or block access if any illegal activities are being conducted, as well as to provide notice that anything that is provided to the metaverse is not private, protectable as a trademark or copyrightable by virtue of performance in the metaverse, or other similar provisions.
“Whether or not such provisions would be enforceable in any specific jurisdiction and could be litigated, the metaverse service provider can always alter the functionality that is available to jurisdictions that are not offering it sufficient protection or which impose requirements that are impractical for the metaverse service provider to comply with.”
Bob Latham spoke with FOX 26 Houston about Depp v Heard and the dynamics of the defamation trial.
Chip Babcock and Joel Glover represented Megalomedia Inc., the production company behind TLC’s “My 600-lb Life,” in a case brought by a group of past subjects of the reality show, which “follows the lives of morbidly obese individuals and documents their attempts to reduce their weight to a healthy level.” In an opinion issued on April 14, 2022, the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial by operation of law of Megalomedia’s motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claims pursuant to the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act (TCPA) and Megalomedia’s established affirmative defenses.
Chambers and Partners has selected 48 attorneys and 16 departments for inclusion in the 2022 edition of the Global and USA guides. In addition to naming JW among the top firms nationwide for First Amendment Litigation, Chambers USA recognized Chip Babcock and Paul Watler in the USA – Nationwide list for First Amendment Litigation.
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Marc Fuller as a partner in the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice in Dallas. Licensed to practice in California and Texas, Marc focuses on the areas of media and First Amendment disputes, class actions, and appeals.
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