Texas Justices Pan TV Station's Defamation Defense Again

Law360, Houston (February 3, 2014, 4:20 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that a television station could not dodge a defamation suit on the grounds that it accurately reported allegations about a brain surgeon’s legal troubles, because the broadcast also implied he was a dangerous drug addict.

Clarifying its June ruling reinstating Byron D. Neely’s suit against Austin CBS affiliate KEYE-TV, a divided Texas high court declined to recognize a rule that would insulate the news media from defamation suits when accurately reporting third-party allegations, saying that such an exception would not...
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