Texas Defamation Law
 

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, INC.; WARNER BROS. TECHNICAL OPERATIONS, INC. D/B/A WARNER BROS. ADVANCED DIGITAL SERVICES; TMZ PRODUCTIONS, INC.; EHM PRODUCTION, INC. D/B/A TMZ; TMZ.COM; AND ELIZABETH MCKERNAN, PETITIONERS, v. ROBERT JONES, RESPONDENT

Austin, Texas - Defamation lawyer represented defendant with a defamation lawsuit charge.



Robert Jones is a former Dallas Cowboys football star who played ten seasons in the
National Football League (NFL). His illustrious career is marked by several notable
accomplishments: first-round draft pick in 1992, NFL Roo... More...
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Michael Mark Martin, Richard Scott Martin, Jeffrey Webb Martin, Individually and on Behalf of Network Operator Services, Inc., a Texas Corporation v. Ron Hutchison, Tony Cason, Tim Martin, and Ronnie Martin

Texarkana, Texas - Shareholder dispute attorney represented Ron Hutchison, Tony Cason, Tim Martin, and Ronnie Martin with appealing the dismissal of their individual and derivative claims against Network Operator Services, Inc..



NOS is a family-owned, Texas corporation. Its bylaws describe it as a close corporation,
and t... More...
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Andrew White v. NHI-REIT of Axel, LLC

Dallas, TX - Contract attorney represented Andrew White with a Contract dispute.



NHI-REIT (NHI) owns three assisted living facilities in Indiana, North
Carolina, and Tennessee. In 2015, NHI leased the facilities to SH Regency Leasing,
LLC (Regency Leasing) for ten years (the Lease). Regency Leasing then subleased
... More...
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Ex parte Donald Thomas Dehnert v. The State of Texas





A Harris County grand jury indicted appellant on 10 charges of possession
of child pornography in violation of section 43.26 of the Texas Penal Code.
Appellant then filed his “Second Amended Application for Writ of Habeas
Corpus,” asserting that section 43.... More...
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Alex E. Jones; Infowars, LLC; Free Speech Systems, LLC; and Owen Shroyer v. Neil Heslin




Appellants Alex E. Jones; Infowars, LLC; Free Speech Systems, LLC; and Owen Shroyer seek to appeal what they assert is a denial by operation of law of their motion to dismiss the claims asserted against them by Appellee Neil Heslin. Because we determine there is no order fr... More...
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Sabrenda T. Littles v. Riverwalk Council of Co-Owners, Inc, et al.





Appellant/cross-appellee, Sabrenda T. Littles, challenges the trial court's rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellees/cross-appellants, Riverwalk Council of Co-Owners, Inc. ("Riverwalk") and JDH Association Management Co. ("JDH") (collectively, "appellees"), in Littl... More...
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Ex parte Stephen Hall


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Stephen Hall was charged with online harassment for allegedly using the names of
others without their consen... More...
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Ex Parte Leonardo Nuncio









According to the comp... More...
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Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner v. Alex Jones

Travis County Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, the parents of Noah Pozner, age 6, who was killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School sued Alex Jones on a defamation theory claiming that they were tormented by Jone's ... More...   $0 (08-02-2018 - TX)

Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt

Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Captain Manjit Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited

Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Plaintiff-Appellant Captain Manjit Sangha (“Cpt. Sangha”) challenges both the district court’s grant of Defendant-Appellee Navig8 Ship Management Private Limited’s (“Navig8”) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for forum non conveniens, and the denial of his motion to remand. We conclude that the district court did not err in dismissing Cpt. Sangha’s claims and therefore AFFIRM... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman v. Denton County, Texas, Denton County Criminal District Attorney, Paul Johnson, Lara Tomlin, Rick Daniel, and Lindsey Sheguit

This case arises from an unfortunate family dispute among Appellants
Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman, on the one side, and Katheryn Payne Hall
(Roger’s daughter and Aaron’s sister) on the other. The dispute is rooted in a
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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disagreement over mechanic’s liens filed by Appellants against Hall’s home in
2008. See Liverman v. State, 470 S.W.3d 831, ... More...
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In the Interest of L. D. child v. Department of Family and Protective Services

These appeals arise from a decree terminating the parental rights of both a mother and a father to their biological child, L.D. Both parents contend that the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court’s decree. The father additionally asserts that the evidence was insufficient to support the appointment of the
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Department of Family and Protective Services, rather than the child’... More...
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Paul Richard Butts v. Marcus Martin, et al.

Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Plaintiff–Appellant Paul Richard Butts, a Hasidic Jewish federal prisoner at the Federal Corrections Complex in Beaumont, Texas (“FCC
United States Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit
FILED
December 8, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
Clerk
No. 15-41640
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Beaumont”), filed a Bivens1 suit against numerous Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”)
employees, all of whom worked at FCC Beaumont. ... More...
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Louis F. Puig, MD, PA v. High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc.

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc. (“HST”) sued Louis F. Puig, MD, PA d/b/a Occupational Medical Care (“OMC”) for breach of contract and business disparagement. OMC counterclaimed for breach of contract, harmful access by computer, and trespass.
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The jury found in favor of HST on its claim and against OMC on its counterclaims. On app... More...
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James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is an appeal from a take-nothing final summary judgment rendered in favor of appellee Ellen A. Yarrell on appellant James W. Paulsen’s defamation claims. Paulsen challenges the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, which attempted to invoke the Texas Citizens Participation Act. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE §§ 27.001–.011. Paulsen also argues that summary judgment was improper becaus... More...   $0 (10-14-2017 - TX)

United States of America ex rel., Joshua Harman v. Trinity Industries, Inc.; Trinity Highway Products, LLC

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

The trial in this case offers two narratives. One of a hardworking man
who, angered by failures of guardrails installed across the United States—with
sometimes devastating consequences—persuaded a Texas jury of a concealed
cause of those failures. The other of the inventive genius of professors at Texas
A&M’s Transportation Institute, who, over many years of study and testing,
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Robert C. Livingston v. Catherine Livingston

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This suit arises from the acrimonious relationship between Catherine Livingston and her step-son, Robert Livingston. Catherine sued Robert for assault, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. A jury found that Robert
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had not assaulted or falsely imprisoned Catherine, but it did find that Robert had intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress on Catherine and that ... More...
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Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismissal procedures found in the Texas ... More...   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

Apple Tree Cafe Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright v. Paul Levatino

This is an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s denial of appellants Apple Tree Café Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright’s motion to dismiss appellee Paul Levatino’s defamation claim under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), an Anti-SLAPP statute. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §§ 27.001–27.011 (West 2015). We reverse, in part, that portion of the trial court’s order awarding Levati... More...   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Tom Retzlaff v. Philip R. Klein, Klein Investigations & Consulting, and James W. Landess

This appeal is brought under section 51.014(a)(12) of the Texas Civil Practice and
Remedies Code, which allows an appeal from an interlocutory order denying a motion to dismiss
under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA). See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN.
§ 51.014(a)(12) (West Supp. 2016). The appellant, Tom Retzlaff, argues the trial court erred in
denying his mo... More...
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Global Tel*Link Corporation v. Securus Technologies, Inc.

Global Tel*Link Corporation (“GTL”) moved to dismiss a suit brought by Securus Technologies, Inc. (“Securus”) based on the provisions of the Texas Citizen’s Protection Act (“TCPA”). Securus responded asserting the commercial speech exception applied to its suit or, in the alternative, it had clear and convincing evidence to support the claims asserted. Following a hearing, the trial court denied G... More...   $0 (08-01-2017 - TX)

E. Peter Healey v. Edwin N. Healey, Elizabeth Healey and Michael R. Healey

E. Peter Healey (Pete) appeals from an adverse judgment rendered after a jury trial in this family dispute involving duty and money. Initially brought by his father, Edwin N. Healey (Bud), against Pete and his brothers Paul C. Healey and Mark J. Healey, the suit widened when Pete named his siblings, Elizabeth Healey (Liza) and Michael R. Healey (Mike) as third-party defendants. Pete asserts ten is... More...   $0 (07-12-2017 - TX)

Donald W. Read v. Timothy W. Verboski

Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Appellant Donald W. Read appeals from the trial court’s dismissal of his
suit brought against Appellee Timothy W. Verboski,1 a witness in the criminal trial
that resulted in Read’s conviction for driving while intoxicated. Upon Verboski’s
motion, the trial court dismissed Read’s suit under chapter fourteen of the civil
1In Read’s original petition, he incorrectly spelled Verboski’s... More...
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James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell

This is an appeal from a take-nothing final summary judgment rendered in favor of appellee Ellen A. Yarrell on appellant James W. Paulsen’s defamation claims. Paulsen challenges the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, which attempted to invoke the Texas Citizens Participation Act. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. &
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REM. CODE §§ 27.001–.011. Paulsen also argues that summary judgment was impro... More...
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Joan Johnson, Kaleta Johnson, Seth Johnson and Wirt Blaffer v. Michael Phillips, Spindle Top Publishing, and Phillips Akers Womac, P.C.

After siblings Kaleta and Seth Johnson sued Dinesh Shah for Shah’s protracted abuse of their family, Michael Phillips, a Houston attorney, defended Shah against the allegations in a 2008 civil trial. Phillips later published a book,
titled “Monster in River Oaks,” about the events giving rise to the suit. According to its prologue, the book tells the “story of a predatory monster that set out ... More...
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Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia
Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious
interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of
emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial
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Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismiss... More...
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David Lee Richardson v. The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc.

David Lee Richardson sued appellees, The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc., Sheryl Brady,
T.D. Jakes, Joby Brady, and Mark Jeffries, and asserted claims individually and as next friend of
his minor children, S.R. and S.R., for negligence, gross negligence, intentional infliction of
emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting. Richardson individually asserted
addition... More...
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John M. Donohue v. City of Boerne Chief of Police James Koehler

John M. Donohue challenges the trial court’s judgment granting the pleas to the jurisdiction
filed by the City of Boerne’s Police Chief James Koehler and Police Officer Pablo Morales.
Donohue also challenges the trial court’s judgment granting Martha Donohue’s plea to the
jurisdiction rendered in the same proceeding. We affirm the trial court’s judgment granting Chief
Koehler and O... More...
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Ace Cash Express, Inc. v. Courtney Cox

Cox was employed by ACE as a “Center Manager.” As part of her “new-hire
paperwork,” Cox signed an arbitration agreement dated February 7, 2012.1 The agreement stated
in a footnote that “[t]his Arbitration Agreement is effective December 1, 2011, and it replaces or
modifies, as applicable, any previous dispute resolution agreements or arbitration agreements in
effect prior to De... More...
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Juan Antonio Coronado, Francisco Soliz Ramirez, Roberto Rivera III, and Ruben Contreras v. Freedom Communications, Inc. d/b/a The Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star

Appellants, Juan Antonio Coronado, Francisco Solis Ramirez, Roberto Rivera III,
and Ruben Contreras, appeal the trial court’s grant of traditional summary judgment in
favor of appellee, Freedom Communications, Inc. d/b/a The Brownsville Herald and
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Valley Morning Star. By three issues, appellants contend that trial court erred in concluding that no genuine issue of material fact e... More...
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Joseph E. McClain III v. Dell, Inc., Seaton Corp. d/b/a Staff Management

Joseph E. McClain III, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this appeal from the trial court’s order granting the motion of Dell, Inc., Seaton Corp. d/b/a Staff Management (hereafter Dell) for sanctions, a declaration that McClain is a vexatious litigant, dismissing McClain’s fourth suit against Dell, and ordering him to pay Dell $4,000 in attorney’s fees. The case was originally appeale... More...   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

Joseph E. McClain III v. Dell, Inc., Seaton Corp. d/b/a Staff Management

Joseph E. McClain III, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this appeal from the trial court’s order granting the motion of Dell, Inc., Seaton Corp. d/b/a Staff Management (hereafter Dell) for sanctions, a declaration that McClain is a vexatious litigant, dismissing McClain’s fourth suit against Dell, and ordering him to pay Dell $4,000 in attorney’s fees. The case was originally appeale... More...   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

Albert Morris and Tilda Morris, et al. v. Unified Housing Foundation Inc., et al.

Appellants were the plaintiffs in this suit for personal injuries, “malicious” contract breaches arising from an apartment lease, and federal civil rights violations. Their claims arose from an incident in which appellant Albert Morris was allegedly assaulted and injured without justification by an off-duty Parkland Hospital police officer and by City of Dallas police officers in the parking lot o... More...   $0 (08-24-2015 - TX)

Azeb Ruder v. William Jordan d/b/a William Davis Realty, William Davis Real Estate Services, LLC

Azeb Ruder appeals from the trial court’s order denying her motion to dismiss filed pursuant to Chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code, commonly referred to as the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act (“TCPA”). See generally TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §§ 27.001–.011 (West 2015). In her first two issues, Ruder contends the trial court erred in denying her motion to dismiss app... More...   $0 (07-20-2015 - TX)

John C. McConnell, M.D. v. Coventry Health Care National Network and First Health Group Corp. and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

John C. McConnell, M.D., appeals the trial court’s final summary judgment rejecting his causes of action against Coventry Health Care National Network, First Health Group Corp., and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. In general, McConnell alleged he was wrongfully terminated as a workers’ compensation network provider by Coventry,1 Coventry tortiously interfered with McConnell’s business relationsh... More...   $0 (07-30-2015 - TX)

Jessica Shannon v. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church U.S.

We are asked to decide whether ecclesiastical immunity can shield a church
from contractual liability when the subject contract does not implicate church
doctrine. In seven issues, appellant Jessica Shannon challenges the trial court’s
grant of appellee Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s plea to the jurisdiction
and motions for summary judgment. Concluding that the Church is not ... More...
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Art Reyna v. Irene Baldridge and Kathy Hill

Appellant Art Reyna was sued by Appellees Irene Baldridge and Kathy Hill for libel per se based on a printed campaign advertisement distributed shortly before a Leon Valley City Council election in May 2013. Reyna moved to dismiss Appellees’ suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), but the trial court denied his motion, and he filed this interlocutory appeal. Because Appellees estab... More...   $0 (07-15-2015 - TX)

Mikob Properties, Inc., Allan Klein, and Mitchell Kobernick v. David Joachim, International Realty Concepts, Inc., and H.S. Joachim Family Limited Partnership LTD.

This breach of contract case arises out of a settlement agreement negotiated by business
people who were represented by counsel. Appellants assert five issues that present three areas of
dispute: (i) whether the trial court erroneously dismissed appellants’ claim that the appellees
breached a settlement agreement by pursuing a lawsuit not mentioned in the settlement
agreement; (i... More...
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David Mauk v. Pipe Creek Water Well, LLC and Robert Rae Powell

Appellant David Mauk, the general manager for Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, was sued for defamation, slander per se, and business disparagement. Mauk moved to dismiss the suit under section 101.106(f) of the Texas Tort Claims Act. He asserted he was immune from suit because he was a governmental unit employee acting within the scope of his employment and the suit could h... More...   $0 (05-20-2015 - TX)

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