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.
Demi Williams with Jackson Walker logo

September 27, 2021
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Expands Dallas Litigation Section With Addition of Demi Williams

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Demi Williams as a senior counsel in the Dallas office. In her practice, Demi focuses on all facets of complex litigation, including sports, media, and entertainment matters, as well as government investigations.

Bob Latham

September 13, 2021
Insights

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JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

August 30, 2021
Newsletters

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – August 2021

View the August 2021 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

Texas Capitol with Jackson Walker logo

August 30, 2021
Insights

The 2021 Legislative Session: Texas Broadcasters Taking Victories Where They Can Find Them

During the 2021 Texas legislative session, Stacy Allen was in the trenches alongside longtime client Texas Association of Broadcasters, advocating for bills that advance the interests of open government and journalists. Of the eight newsroom legislative priority bills from TAB, only two made it to the governor’s desk and will become effective September 1.

Texas State Capitol building-Texas Supreme Court in Austin

August 6, 2021
Podcasts

Texas Supreme Court Sets Parameters on Attorney Immunity Privilege

~10.5 minutes | Following the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Landry’s Inc. et al. v. Animal Legal Defense Fund et al., Bob Latham and Paul Watler discussed the ruling and when an attorney’s statement to the press, social media, or other public statements – even if conducted on behalf of a client – falls outside the protection of the immunity privilege.

July 22, 2021
Mentions

Judge Seals Thomas J. Henry Divorce Case Following Dismissal | San Antonio Report

Jackson Walker attorney Amanda Crouch spoke with the San Antonio Report after a divorce case involving personal injury attorney Thomas J. Henry was dismissed and ordered sealed. In the article, Amanda noted, “It’s not unusual in high net-worth cases for the file to be sealed. That being said, there may still be a public interest in the case, depending on who the individuals are and whether it’s a matter of public concern. There would be public interest to not have it sealed. That’s true whether it’s a high net-worth divorce case, or whether it’s just a general trade secrets case, or whether it’s an employment case — there’s always a balancing act between protecting trade secrets, or confidential information, or financial information versus the First Amendment public right of access.”

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