California Appellate Court Affirms Win in Case Brought by Guest on ‘Dr. Phil’

October 13, 2021 | Client Results

Jackson Walker attorneys Charles L. BabcockNancy W. Hamilton, and Joel R. Glover successfully represented Dr. Phil McGraw, CBS Studios, and Peteski Productions, Inc. in a case brought by a guest on Dr. Phil who claimed she had been made to look foolish and, as a result, suffered extreme emotional distress.

The show detailed her romantic relationship with a man 24 years her junior who was also a patient she was professionally treating for mental health issues. The young man’s mother and grandmother appeared on the show and claimed that she kidnapped their child and manipulated him to turn against his family.

The Los Angeles Superior Court granted Jackson Walker’s anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss the case and awarded attorneys’ fees to our clients. The guest appealed, and the California Second District Court of Appeal affirmed in a lengthy opinion on June 30, 2021.

For more information about the case, see the City News Service article “Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Woman’s Suit vs. ‘Dr. Phil,’ CBS.”

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