Scripps Paper Can't Duck Tax Incentive Defamation Suit

Law360, Houston (November 21, 2012, 8:10 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court on Wednesday denied a bid by a Corpus Christi newspaper owned by E.W. Scripps Co. to dodge a suit by a businessman who claims the paper defamed him after he questioned a $40 million tax incentive to build a shopping mall.

The Texas Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth District ruled that although former Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce CEO Terry Carter “injected himself” into a public controversy over a proposed tax increment financing agreement to build the mall, articles published in...
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