Media and Entertainment Litigation

Our Media and Entertainment Litigation Practice Group provides a full range of both counseling and litigation services in all aspects of media and First Amendment law. We regularly serve media clients, including both print and online publishers and newspapers, broadcasters and individual authors and journalists. We also represent clients outside the media business in connection with libel, invasion of privacy and public information matters. Our media law services include:


  • Pre-Publication and Pre-Broadcast Review and Counseling
  • Media Access Issues, including the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act, the United States Freedom of Information Act and the Sealing of Court Records
  • Trademark, Service Mark and Copyright Fair Use Issues
  • Journalists’ Privilege issues, including issues relating to protection of confidential sources
  • Online Publishing
  • Freelance Writer and Photographer Contracts
  • Advertising Issues

Litigation and Appeals

  • Libel, Invasion of Privacy, Defamation and Related Business Tort Litigation
  • Trademark and Copyright Infringement Litigation
  • Response to Subpoenas and Journalists’ Privilege Issues
  • Access litigation, including litigation under the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act
  • Prior Restraint and Anti-SLAPP issues

Industry Knowledge 

The lawyers in our Media and Entertainment Practice Group have a practical understanding and knowledge of the particular problems and issues media clients face. All have had a significant media law practice, and two of our lawyers have more than 25 years of experience serving media clients.

Cutting-Edge Developments

Our lawyers are active in numerous professional organizations related to representations of clients in the media and are active members of the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center, a national organization promoting the development of libel law favorable to the media. To stay abreast of current developments, our Media and First Amendment lawyers attend or participate in conferences and seminars sponsored by or in conjunction with media industry organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, the Press Club of Dallas, the Newspaper Association of America, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the Texas Press Association.

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Don't Mess with the First Amendment in Texas

While current events are garnering a lot of attention on First Amendment rights and the need for government transparency, it is worth noting that Texas has some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting the rights of a free press and free speech.


Haynes and Boone Wins Dismissal of Suit Targeting Reality TV Show

Haynes and Boone Wins Dismissal of Suit Targeting Reality TV Show

A Haynes and Boone legal team led by Partner Laura Prather has won a dismissal of a suit against the creators of a reality television show. The case arose from a television series titled 8 Minutes, which was filmed primarily in Houston and followed a pastor and a support team as they attempted to help victims of human trafficking find a way out of the sex trade.


Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses the California law that prohibits reporting actors’ ages, attorney-client privilege and missed deadlines under the TPIA, and setting the proper burden of proof for media defamation cases.

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