Rich Phillips, Meghan Nylin, Jeff Ballew Mentioned in Law360 on Free Speech Case

“Texas High Court Backs Free Speech Over Emotional Distress”

The Texas Supreme Court held Friday that a mental health advocate who denies talking to a Dallas Morning News columnist about the suicide of a high school student can look to a state free speech law as grounds to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the student’s parents alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Julie Hersh can use the Texas Citizens Participation Act, aimed at curbing strategic lawsuits against public participation, to seek dismissal of the lawsuit brought against her by  John and Mary Ann Tatum, stemming from a column written by Steve Blow that discussed the circumstances of the death of their son, Paul Tatum, the high court said.

Hersh is represented by Richard B. Phillips Jr., Jennifer Meghan Nylin and P. Jefferson Ballew of Thompson & Knight LLP.