Fired Texas Tech Coach's ESPN Libel Row Will Be Booted

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT) -- A Texas state court judge said Tuesday that he will toss a defamation suit launched by fired Texas Tech University football coach Mike Leach against ESPN Inc., former ESPN college football analyst Craig James and Spaeth Communications Inc. over reports that Leach allegedly mistreated a player.

In a brief letter sent to attorneys in the case, Judge William C. Sowder of the 99th District Court in Lubbock County, Texas, said he will grant each of the defendants’ motions summary judgment. However, the judge has not yet...
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