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:

Counseling

  • 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 and the Texas Press Association.

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Cummings v. Hechinger Institute at Teachers’ College, Columbia University, et al. (SDNY)

Represented the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, Teachers College, Columbia University, against Plaintiff’s claims of defamation. The claims arose from an article in the Hechinger Report concerning published allegations that Plaintiff forced black students in her middle school class t [...]

Sean Gharavi v. Behrooz Khademazad, d/b/a Grand Prairie Family Dental

Represented client in appeal of $1.2 million judgment based on a single social media post (Yelp review) and obtained full reversal and rendering of take-nothing judgment in client’s favor.

Aubrey v. D Magazine Partners, LP

Successfully defended defamation claim against magazine client regarding article discussing arson murder of prominent Dallas attorney in his garage. When case was initially filed in Florida federal court, we obtained dismissal or personal jurisdiction grounds, and when case was refiled in Texas fede [...]

Yesh Music, LLC v. Pacific Northwest College of Art (E.D.N.Y.)

Represented Pacific Northwest College of Art against claims of copyright infringement arising from the use of music on a number of YouTube videos.

Reyes v. D Magazine Partners, LP, 571 S.W.3d 753 (Tex. 2019)

Successfully defended defamation claim on behalf of magazine client, resulting in dismissal of all claims with prejudice. After the trial court enter partial summary judgment in favor of D Magazine, we appealed to the Dallas Court of Appeals, which dismissed all claims. After briefing and oral argum [...]

City of Pensacola v. Kondrat'yev, No. 18-351 (U.S. 2019)

Filed amicus brief with the US Supreme Court regarding the constitutional impact of the religious expression of private parties on government property, resulting in the appellate court judgment being vacated and reversal of the adverse district court judgment.

Jones v. Kirkstall Rd. Enterprises, Inc., 2020 WL 2059910 (Tex. App.'Dallas Apr. 29, 2020, no pet.)

Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a television production company in a negligence lawsuit alleging that the broadcast of an episode of The First 48, a critically acclaimed documentary television series, incited retaliatory violence against the Plaintiff.

Status Lounge Inc. v. KHOU-TV, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., William Langlois, Hearst Newspapers, LLC d/b/a Houston Chronicle, and Dale Lezon, 541 S.W.3d 881 (Tex. App.'Houston [14th Dist.] 2018, no pet.)

Plaintiff, the owner of a TABC permit for a nightclub/bar, sued our client, a television station, for its brief online article--based on a police news conference-- that reported on a dispute that occurred in front of the bar and the subsequent shooting of a band member in the arm. On behalf of the t [...]

Melanson v. Grace, et al., Cause No. D-1-GN-17-003349 (261st Dist. Ct., Travis County, Tex., Mar. 27, 2018)

Haynes and Boone represented CBS Television Distribution, Graham Media and Associated Newspapers, all national media outlets, in a defamation suit brought by an Austin-area dentist after Defendants reported on the tragic death of a 14-month dental patient who died as a result of complications from a [...]

Cockerell v. CBS News, Inc., Case No. 3:17-cv-01840-9 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division

Plaintiff, a doctor, sued our clients, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., for a CBS Evening News broadcast reporting on questions and concerns that had been raised about insurance scams targeting military families, including the fact that plaintiff had been paid nearly $5 million from TRICARE (the military ins [...]

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5 Haynes Boone Lawyers Named ‘Lawyers of Year’ by Best Lawyers in America
August, 19 2021

Five Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice areas as part of the 2022 Best Lawyers in America directory. They are Partners Jeffrey Becker, Buddy Clark and Mark Erickson, Senior Counsel Barry McNeil, and Partner Chad Mills. The honor is given to lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only [...]