Jackson Walker Represents Amos Pictures in Obtaining Permission to Broadcast Proceedings From Sandy Hook Defamation Suits

September 21, 2021 | Client Results

As parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook in December 2012 bring claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Alex Jones and InfoWars, Jackson Walker client Amos Pictures was granted permission by the 459th District Court in Travis County to broadcast portions of the proceedings in an upcoming documentary.

Financed by HBO and scheduled to air in 2023, the 90-minute documentary will record and broadcast the proceedings from five separate lawsuits filed against Alex Jones and InfoWars, which were all specially assigned in March 2021 to the Honorable Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of the 459th District Court.

On behalf of Amos Pictures, Jackson Walker attorneys Chip Babcock, Joshua Romero, and Scott Weatherford filed a request with the trial court and argued the motion. In its July 16, 2021, decision, the Court granted the request, noting that the recording and broadcast of the proceedings would promote public access and exposure to the court system in general and the issues in the lawsuit in particular.

Amos Pictures is a London-based production house that works mainly for HBO, the BBC, and Channel Four, a UK-based public service broadcaster. In 2019, Amos won a Primetime Emmy for Leaving Neverland, HBO’s most-watched-ever documentary.

Meet Our Team

Charles L. Babcock is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney. Chip’s practice experience includes bet-the-company litigation, First Amendment litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, government investigations, media litigation, and appellate litigation. In addition to receiving the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation, Chip has been named a “25 Greatest Texas Lawyer of the Past Quarter Century” by Texas Lawyer and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Joshua A. Romero is a trial lawyer who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country in complex commercial litigation and First Amendment litigation. Josh has successfully tried cases ranging from multimillion-dollar corporate disputes and consumer fraud cases to construction cases. In 2015, he assisted his clients in obtaining the largest settlement in Texas and the fourth largest settlement in the United States, as featured in the National Law Journal.

Scott W. Weatherford’s trial practice focuses on trade secret, intellectual property, and technology-related commercial disputes. Scott advocates on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and local business owners in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies across the state. In 2018, the Texas Bar Foundation elected him to fellowship and he currently serves on the nominating committee.