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.
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June 24, 2021
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules High School Cheerleader Cannot Be Disciplined for Criticizing School’s Decision Keeping Her Off Varsity Team

By Stacy Allen
For the first time in over 50 years, a high school student has won a free speech case in the Supreme Court. In a narrow decision issued on June 23, 2021, an 8-1 majority (including all but Justice Clarence Thomas) ruled that a Pennsylvania high school could not punish a student for sending an off-color Snapchat to about 250 people in which she complained about not making the varsity cheerleading squad or getting her preferred softball team position.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

June 1, 2021
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JW Media | VIA ePostcard – June 2021

Texas Outlaws TV Crews at the Intersection of Free Speech and Public Policy; Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings; Winners & Losers: Still Awaiting the New Normal; Jackson Walker Named Among Top Firms Nationwide for First Amendment Litigation; Texas Supreme Court Upholds Appellate Win for Media on Sealing of Evidence in $740 Million Trade Secret Dispute; Jackson Walker Helps Family Launch Comic Book Brand

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June 1, 2021
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Texas Outlaws TV Crews at the Intersection of Free Speech and Public Policy

By Joel Glover

On May 26, 2021, Governor Abbott signed HB 54, named Javier Ambler’s Law, which prohibits the production of police ride-along reality television programs. It permanently halts the production of shows like Live PDCOPS, and (name notwithstanding) Alaska State Troopers, versions of which have aired with varying degrees of acclaim and ridicule for decades.

May 20, 2021
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Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2021 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 41 attorneys and 14 departments for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the Global and USA guides.

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May 14, 2021
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Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, James Carlos McFall, Eric Wong, and Lauren Ceckowski discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The free speech case involves a cheerleader’s Snapchat post and may provide insight on how the Court will rule on future social media cases.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

April 29, 2021
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JW Media | VIA ePostcard – May 2021

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: SCOTUS Narrows the TCPA’s Application in Autodialer Cases, But Certain Marketing and Messaging Practices Are Still at Risk; Morality Clauses Take Center Stage: Tips to Help Protect Your Next Project From Being Associated With Talent Controversy; Client Results: Roku and Technicolor, S.A.; Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2021 Texas Rising Stars; Eric Wong Participates in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program

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April 29, 2021
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One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: SCOTUS Narrows the TCPA’s Application in Autodialer Cases, But Certain Marketing and Messaging Practices Are Still at Risk

By Emilio B. Nicolas and Eric Wong

Back in 1991, when mobile phones were a luxury item weighing about two pounds and dial-up internet was getting ready to hit the market, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), with an eye towards reigning in robocalls and other abusive telemarketing practices of the time. Thirty years later, the TCPA still stands.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

February 10, 2021
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JW Media | VIA ePostcard – February 2021

Featuring insights on January 6/8 and the dangers journalists face; diversity, inclusion, and the media bar; recent client results and Firm highlights.

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