Haynes and Boone, LLP Media Law Practice Group Chair Laura Prather successfully represented a coalition of book vendors and public bookstores suing the state of Texas over House Bill 900, also known as the READER Act, which sought to require “school library vendors to rate all of their books and materials for appropriateness before selling them to schools based on the presence of sex depictions or references.” Judge Alan Albright ruled in favor of the coalition , preventing any further action from the state regarding book bans.
"Protecting our democracy from unconstitutional laws like HB 900, even if the goals behind them are well-intentioned, is critical to averting censorship and ensuring the public’s right to receive information and booksellers’ right to be free from compelled speech,” Laura said.
She continued, “The First Amendment protects all citizens from being compelled to speak against their will and ensures access to a variety of information. The injunction preserves these constitutional rights for all citizens.”
The decision received widespread media coverage. Learn more about the case in the articles below.