Texas High Court Opens Door For Libel Plaintiffs

Law360, New York (August 7, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT) -- Pilate famously asks in John 18:38: “What is truth?” In defamation jurisprudence, the answer is “substantial truth,” the focus of the recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court in the case of Neely v. Wilson, ___ S.W.3d ___, (Tex. 2013).

The opinion effectively overrules decades of caselaw on this doctrine as well as on the “fair report” and “fair comment” privileges, the immunity provided to a fair, accurate and balanced report on “official proceedings.” It will be much more problematic to obtain summary judgment on libel...
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