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Texas Justices Let Libel Claim Against Newspaper Proceed

Law360 (May 24, 2019, 3:58 PM EDT) -- A jury should determine whether reporting by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times was "substantially true," the Texas Supreme Court held Friday, rejecting the newspaper's bid to escape a defamation lawsuit brought by the former president of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Affirming lower courts, the justices allowed Terry Carter to proceed with claims that Scripps NP Operating LLC's newspaper defamed him by reporting accusations by the business group's treasurer that Carter had filed misleading financial statements to justify his raise and bonus request. Scripps said the case should be dismissed because the newspaper accurately reported the allegations made in writing against Carter....

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