Will Supporters of Press Freedoms and Government Transparency Face Headwinds in the 2023 Texas Legislative Session?
By Stacy Allen | Because I have had the privilege of testifying on behalf of JW client Texas Association of Broadcasters regarding bills pending in past Texas legislative sessions, I have regularly written about the aftermath of those sessions and their impact on Texas newsrooms. This time, I’d like to offer a preview of opposition that past successes and proposed bills affecting journalists could face in the upcoming 2023 session.
Candidate’s Guide to Election Free Speech, Campaign Ads, and Social Media
By Paul Watler | With the 2022 midterm elections around the corner and the 2024 presidential election less than two years away, candidates from all parties are intensifying efforts to reach voters through the media and, in more recent cycles, social networks. Candidates know they enjoy freedom of speech under the First Amendment, but often are unsure of the extent that the law protects their campaign messages.
TAB Newsroom Legal Guide
Paul Watler and Stacy Allen prepared an update for the Newsroom Legal Guide published by the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB). First published in 2012, the guide covers legal principles and considerations affecting Texas broadcasters in gathering and reporting the news.
Renowned Photographer Kirk Weddle and Nirvana Win Lawsuit Over Iconic Nevermind Album Cover
Josh Romero and Emilio Nicolas represented Kirk Weddle, the renowned photographer behind Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album cover, in a dispute brought by the subject on the cover. In September 2022, the defendants’ motion to dismiss was granted with prejudice.
California Appellate Court Grants Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss Case Brought by Guest on Dr. Phil
Chip Babcock, Nancy W. Hamilton, and Joel Glover obtained dismissal of a case brought against Dr. Phil McGraw, Peteski Productions, Inc., and CBS Media Ventures by a former guest of Dr. Phil.
Chip Babcock Named Trustee of CAIL
Chip Babcock was elected as a trustee of The Center for American and International Law, effective June 30, 2022. Founded in 1947, CAIL is dedicated to improving the quality of justice by providing continuing education to lawyers and law enforcement officials in the U.S. and throughout the world.
ICYMI—Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer
The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) featured a Q&A with Chip. Check out the interview »
Sports Law Issues Involving High School, College, and Olympic Athletes
The Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section in August 2022 hosted a CLE panel discussion featuring Jackson Walker attorneys Serene Ateek, Bob Latham, and James Carlos McFall along with Andrew Rhoden of Masterly Legal Solutions.
WINNERS & LOSERS
Don’t Miss the Sho
Fans of baseball and of baseball history have had much to feast upon this MLB season, Bob Latham noted in his latest column in SportsTravel. In “Don’t Miss the Sho,” Bob jumps into the debate over the AL MVP: Ohtani or Judge?
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