Media Litigation

Jackson Walker’s Media group is one of the most prominent in the country, providing a full range of services to its clients, including comprehensive litigation services. The Firm’s Media practice has more than 114 years of uninterrupted service to our media clients. It began in 1905 with the representation of the old Dallas Times Herald and has grown into a practice that is now national in scope.

The practice of the Media group involves providing counsel regarding:

  • Pre-publication review of news articles, broadcasts and advertisements
  • Response(s) to subpoenas, including protection of confidential sources, notes and outtakes
  • Defense of libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress cases

The Firm regularly handles matters from the inception of an idea for a publication through discovery, trial, and any appeals.

Jackson Walker’s media clients include local and regional broadcasters and news organizations, as well as national television networks, news organizations, publishers, production companies, syndicators, and media conglomerates.

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  • Riccio v. Phillip McGraw, et al., Cause No. BC400362, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (2009). Anti-SLAPP special motion to strike granted in favor of McGraw in defamation suit arising out of Dr. Phil Show television program.
  • Knight v. Chicago Tribune Co. et al., 895 N.E.2d 1007, Ill. App. Ct. (2008). Affirming jury verdict in favor of newspaper on suit for libel arising out of investigative report into role of prosecutorial misconduct in Illinois death sentences.
  • Darlene Tracy v. Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions, Inc. and ABC Television, 2008 WL 2357943, 1st Cir. (slip op.) Affirming Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) dismissal of copyright infringement, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets claims relating to Oprah’s “Big Give” program.
  • Waddell v. FOX Entertainment Group, et al., Civil Action No. 3:06-cv-2387-M, N.D.Tex (2008). Summary judgment granted in favor of FOX News against chiropractor subject of investigative report into misuse of government loan program designed to benefit businesses affected by 9/11 attacks.
  • Stephens v. Dolcefino, Cause No. 1999-43183, 215th District Court of Harris County, Texas (2007). Jury verdict for television station on claims under Texas wiretap statute and for alleged invasion of privacy stemming from investigation into city official’s work habits.
  • Nationwide Bi-Weekly Admin., Inc. v. Belo Corp., 512 F.3d 137, 5th Cir. (2007). Affirming, in case of first impression, dismissal of libel action against newspaper on basis that single publication rule applied to article published on newspaper’s website and statute of limitations was not tolled under theory of continuous publication.
  • Abdel-Hafiz v. ABC, Inc., et al., 240 S.W.3d 492, Tex. App.-Fort Worth (2007, pet. denied). Affirming summary judgment entered in favor of ABC News, Brian Ross, and Charles Gibson against defamation suit brought by FBI agent who allegedly refused to secretly record Muslim terrorism suspect during pre-9/11 investigation.
  • FOX Entertainment Group, Inc., et al. v. Abdel-Hafiz, 240 S.W.3d 524, Tex. App.-Fort Worth (2007, pet. denied). Reversing trial court and rendering summary judgment for FOX News and Bill O’Reilly against defamation suit brought by FBI agent who allegedly refused to secretly record Muslim terrorism suspect during pre-9/11 investigation.
Bob Latham World Rugby Dublin (May 12, 2022)

May 12, 2022

The Doors Are Open, Says USA Rugby After Being Confirmed as 2031 World Cup Hosts | Independent Online

Cape Town — The United States will have to “engage new eyes” to ensure that the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups are a success.

Bob Latham

May 11, 2022

Depp vs Heard: What Does Each Side Need to Prove? | FOX 26 Houston

Bob Latham spoke with FOX 26 Houston about Depp v Heard and the dynamics of the ongoing defamation trial.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

April 4, 2022

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – April 2022

View the April 2022 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

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April 1, 2022

Texas Federal District Judge: Use of Drones for Newsgathering Protected by First Amendment

By Paul C. Watler & Huey Rey Fischer | In considering whether a Texas law banning the use of drones for surveillance purposes violates the First Amendment, a federal judge sitting in Austin held the law infringes on the right of journalists to document and disseminate the news.

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March 29, 2022

John Edwards Featured in Courthouse News Service Article Discussing Lawsuit Brought Against Travis County District Clerk and Office of Court Administration

As lead counsel for Courthouse News Service, John Edwards recently submitted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Austin clerk and the Director of the state court administrative office to ensure newly-filed non-confidential civil petitions will be made available to the public and press upon receipt, not after delays caused by later administrative processing.

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March 29, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms First Amendment Protection of Elected Bodies to Censure Members

By Amanda Crouch | On March 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court decided Houston Community College System v. Wilson, holding that an elected official does not possess an actionable First Amendment retaliation claim arising from a purely verbal censure. Justice Gorsuch authored the opinion for a unanimous Court.

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February 23, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Chip Babcock Interviews Journalist David Gregory at American College of Trial Lawyers Meeting

During the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Annual Meeting, Chip Babcock spoke with journalist David Gregory, a previous moderator of NBC News’ Meet the Press, about fake news, public confidence in the media, and freedom of speech in America.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

February 7, 2022

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – February 2022

View the February 2022 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

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February 7, 2022

Student Podcast Captivates While Rehashing Aftermath of Austin Serial Bombings

By Paul Watler | The next big true-crime podcast series that you can’t turn off may come your way from The Drag in Austin. In its spell-binding season two series, “Darkness,” The Drag takes listeners back to the spring of 2018 to recount the Austin serial bombings.

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