Texas Justices Say 'Defamatory' Column Was Opinion

Law360 (May 14, 2018, 8:40 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court has sided with the Dallas Morning News in a libel lawsuit brought by the family of a teen whose suicide was referenced in a newspaper column, saying while the piece was "reasonably capable" of defaming the family, because the accusation is an opinion, the suit should be tossed.

The opinion issued Friday reversed a lower appellate court's December 2015 ruling that had allowed the family of 17-year-old Paul Tatum to continue with the libel lawsuit. The state high court wrote that while the column could be read to imply the Tatums were deceptive in authoring an obituary...

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