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Libel Law
 
LeaAnne Klentzman and Carter Publications, Inc., d/b/a The West Fort Bend Star v. Wade Brady

Appellee, Wade Brady, sued appellants, Carter Publications, Inc. d/b/a The
West Fort Bend Star (“The Star”) and LeaAnne Klentzman, a reporter for The Star,
alleging that they defamed him in a January 15, 2003 article (“the Article”). Based
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on the jury’s verdict in Wade’s favor, the trial court signed its final judgment awarding him actual and exemplary damages. In nin... More...
   $0 (12-18-2014 - TX)

Westmont Residential, LLC v. Brad Buttars

¶1 Westmont Residential, LLC and Terry Foote (collectively,
Westmont) appeal the trial court’s dismissal of all of Westmont’s
claims against Brad Buttars and Sarah Miller (collectively,
Defendants). We affirm.
BACKGROUND
¶2 Defendants sought an early termination of their one-year
“Uniform Residential Rental Agreement” (the Rental Agreement)
to rent an apartmen... More...
   $0 (12-11-2014 - UT)

Yazan Khatib v. Old Dominion Insurance Company

The issue in this case is whether Old Dominion Insurance Company has a duty to defend and indemnify four doctors who are defendants in a third-party
defamation claim, appended to a multi-faceted action for fraud, conversion, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, and other causes of action, being prosecuted by them against the president and founder of a medical practice they all once enjoyed to... More...
   $0 (12-05-2014 - FL)

The State of Texas v. Valerie Saxion, Inc.

In two issues in this accelerated interlocutory appeal, Appellants the State of Texas and Greg Abbott, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the State of Texas (collectively, the State) argue that the trial court erred by denying their
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plea to the jurisdiction on the Free Exercise and federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claims of Appellees Valerie Saxion, Inc. and ... More...
   $0 (12-05-2014 - TX)

Baltasar D. Cruz v. James Van Sickle

Baltasar D. Cruz sued James Van Sickle, Karl-Thomas Musselman d/b/a Burnt Orange Report, and Katherine Haenschen for libel. Appellees moved to dismiss the suit pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the Act),1 commonly referred to as an anti-SLAPP2 statute, designed to protect citizens who exercise their constitutional rights to, among other things, communicate about matters of public c... More...   $0 (12-04-2014 - TX)

Darrin Opaitz v. Gannaway Web Holding, L.L.C., d/b/a Worldnow; Raycom Media, Inc. d/b/a KCBD-TV NewsChannel 11; and James Clark

Appellant, Darrin Opaitz, challenges the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of media Appellees, Gannaway Web Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Worldnow, Raycom Media, Inc., d/b/a KCBD-TV NewsChannel 11 and James Clark, individually, (collectively KCBD) in his suit for invasion of privacy, defamation by libel, defamation by libel per quod and declaratory judgment.
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BACKGROUND
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   $0 (11-18-2014 - TX)

Wing F. Chau v. Michael Lewis

Plaintiffs‐Appellants Wing F. Chau and Harding Advisory LLC appeal
from a March 29, 2013 judgment of the United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York (Daniels, J) dismissing their claims of libel against
Defendants‐Appellees author Michael Lewis, his source, Steven Eisman, and
Lewis’s publisher, W.W. Norton, for twenty‐six allegedly defamatory statemen... More...
   $0 (11-14-2014 - NY)

R. Scott Phelan v. H. Scott Norville

Appellant and Cross-Appellee, R. Scott Phelan, and Appellee and Cross-Appellant, H. Scott Norville, both appeal a judgment rendered in Phelan’s favor following a jury trial on Phelan’s assault and libel claims against Norville. The jury awarded Phelan a total monetary award of $590,000, consisting of $15,000 for physical pain/mental anguish as a result of the assault claim, $325,000 for past a... More...   $0 (09-22-2014 - TX)

Boris Y. Levitt v. Yelp! Inc.

Today, individuals can share their opinions with the entire
world courtesy of a few taps on the keyboard. The appellee
in this case, Yelp! Inc. (“Yelp”), provides an online forum on
which its users express opinions as to services ranging from
dog walkers to taco trucks.
The appellees, Boris Levitt, Cats and Dogs Animal
Hospital, Inc. (“Cats and Dogs”), John Mercurio... More...
   $0 (09-02-2014 - CA)

Pat Briscoe v. Aaron Kyle Hammer, et al.

Pat Briscoe v. Aaron Kyle Hammer, et al.

Issue # 1.
Issue: CONVERSION (CONVERT)
Filed by: BRISCOE, PAT
Filed Date: 07/26/2011
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: GRISHAM, BRENT
Pending.

Defendant: HAMMER, AARON KYLE
Disposed: DISMISSED - WITH PREJUDICE, 08/21/2014. Dismissed- Settled.

Defendant: HAMMER, LINDSAY ALLI... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - OK)

Shawn King v. This Land Press, LLC, et al.

Shawn King v. This Land Press, LLC, Keena b. Roberts, Joshua Kline, Michael Mason, Vince Lovoi, Eric Cullen and Cullen & Associates, LLC

Plaintiff, Shawn King, for his claims against Defendants, This Land Press, LLC; Keena B. Roberts; Joshua Kline, Michael Mason, Vince LoVoi, Eric Cullen and Cullen & Associates, LLC, for conversion, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, defamation, invasio... More...
   $0 (08-19-2014 - OK)

Nick Reynolds, et al. v. North Star Memorial Group, et al.

Nick Reynolds, et al. v. North Star Memorial Group, et al.

Issue # 1.
Issue: CIVIL CONSPIRACY (OTHER)
Filed by: REYNOLDS, NICK
Filed Date: 07/26/2010
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: ALLBRITTON COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
Disposed: DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE, 11/10/2011. Dismissed- Settled.

Defendant: GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS LLC More...
   $0 (08-11-2014 - OK)

Chris Hogan v. Michael K. Winder, et al.

Chris Hogan lost his job with the Utah Telecommunications Open
Infrastructure Agency, or “UTOPIA,” a state agency charged with upgrading
high-speed internet access. Claiming he was fired for revealing a conflict of
interest in contract awards, he threatened to sue the agency for wrongful
termination. Shortly after making this threat, he was subject to several
unflattering m... More...
   $0 (08-06-2014 - UT)

Cathie Reisler v. Keith Reisler

Cathie Reisler appeals the trial court’s final decree of divorce, dissolving her marriage to Keith Reisler and dividing their marital property. Cathie Reisler raises four issues on appeal arguing the trial court erred when it: (1) awarded Keith Reisler a disproportionate share of the community estate because it made numerous calculation errors in the property division; (2) failed to award her a ... More...   $0 (08-05-2014 - TX)

Jesse Ventura v. Chris Kyle

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura sued former Navy Seal Chris Kyle on libel claiming that he was defamed by Kyle in the book that he wrote entitled "American Sniper" in which he claimed that have punched out a "celebrity" called "Scruff Face" at a bar. Kyle later identified "Scruff Face" as Venture and claimed that Venture disparaged the United States in remarks made in the bar.

K... More...
   $1845477 (08-01-2014 - MN)

Matthew Bristow v. David Perkins, Jr.

Matthew Bristow v. David Perkins, Jr.

Issue # 1.
Issue: LIBEL / SLANDER (LIBEL)
Filed by: BRISTOW, MATTHEW
Filed Date: 04/23/2012
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: PERKINS, DAVID L JR
Disposed: DISMISSED - WITH PREJUDICE, 07/30/2014. Dismissed- Settled.

The Plaintiff alleged in his Petiton, the following:

1. This is a ci... More...
   $1 (07-30-2014 - OK)

Cynthia Paroski v. Stavick2 Inc. d/b/a Tropix

Cynthia Paroski appeals the trial court’s judgment in favor of Stavick2 Inc. d/b/a Tropix (Tropix). In several issues, Paroski generally contends the trial court erred in entering judgment against her because there was no enforceable contract between Tropix and the employee she hired, and (2) Tropix engaged in a fraudulent transfer. For the following reasons, we affirm the trial court’s judgme... More...   $0 (07-30-2014 - TX)

Salem Abraham v. Daniel Greer and Fix The Facts Foundation d/b/a AgendaWise

Is a public official always a public official . . . that seems to be the underlying question in the appeal before us.
Salem Abraham appeals from an order dismissing his lawsuit for libel against Daniel Greer and Fix the Facts Foundation, d/b/a AgendaWise (collectively referred to as AgendaWise). The order of dismissal was entered pursuant to Chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies ... More...
   $0 (07-25-2014 - TX)

James Demetriades v. Yelp, Inc.

Plaintiff James Demetriades, who operates restaurants in Mammoth Lakes, filed a complaint seeking an injunction under the Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200 et seq. (UCL)) and False Advertising Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17500 et seq. (FAL)) to prevent defendant Yelp, Inc. (Yelp), the operator of a popular online website that contains customer reviews of businesses, from making cl... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - CA)

American Heritage Capital, LP v. Dinah Gonzalez and Alan Gonzalez

American Heritage Capital, LP sued Alan and Dinah Gonzalez for defamation and tortious interference with prospective business relationships. AHC nonsuited its claims against Dinah. The trial judge dismissed AHC’s claims against Alan based on Alan’s motion to dismiss under the Citizens Participation Act, Chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The judge later awarded Alan atto... More...   $0 (07-01-2014 - TX)

International Insurance Brokers, Ltd., LLC v. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

International Insurance Brokers, Ltd., LLC v. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

Issue # 1.
Issue: ABUSE OF PROCESS (OTHER)
Filed by: INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE BROKERS LTD LLC
Filed Date: 12/31/2013
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: HARTFORD STEAM BOILER INSPECTION AND INSURANCE COMPANY OF CONNECTICUT
Disposed: DISMISSED ... More...
   $0 (06-25-2014 - OK)

Guerra & Moore, L.L.P. v. J. Michael Moore and David Lumber

Seeking a bill of review, Appellant Mark Cantu petitioned the trial court to set aside its August 4, 2008 judgment against him for $1.6 million in damages for legal fees in a product liability suit claiming the wrongful death of Santa Magdalena Gonzalez. His petition alleged that Appellees Guerra & Moore, LLP, Carlos Guerra, J. Michael Moore, and David Lumber conspired to defraud him of the legal ... More...   $0 (06-25-2014 - TX)

Michael O. Pickens v. Elizabeth Cordia, Pamela Pickens, T. Boone Pickens, Jr. and Thomas B. Pickens, III

Appellant Michael O. Pickens is the brother of appellees Elizabeth Cordia, Pamela Pickens, and Thomas B. Pickens III, and the son of appellee T. Boone Pickens Jr. Appellees sued Michael for invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts, defamation, statutory libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress for remarks he published about them on a blog. In addition, Pamela brough... More...   $0 (05-22-2014 - TX)

Digital Music News, LLC v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Escape Media Group, LLC, Real Party in Interest

Escape Media Group (Escape) operates an Internet service called Grooveshark through which users may upload and retrieve digital music files. UMG Recordings, Inc. owns an extensive music catalog that includes songs by such artists as Buddy Holly, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and The Who. In 2010, UMG sued Escape in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, alleging Escape infringed on copyrights a... More...   $0 (05-14-2014 - CA)

KBMT Operating Company, LLC, KBMT License Company, LLC, Brian Burns, Jackie Simien and Tracy Kennick v. Minda Lao Toledo

In this accelerated interlocutory appeal we must determine whether the trial court erred in failing to dismiss a physician’s defamation claim and award attorneys’ fees to the media defendants under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”). See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §§ 27.001-.011 (West Supp. 2013); see also id. § 27.008(b). We affirm the trial court’s order.

2... More...
   $0 (05-08-2014 - TX)

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