In a decision handed down last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court held that Texas courts have jurisdiction over Mexican television network TV Azteca, along with two other defendants, in a suit by defamation suit filed in Hidalgo County by Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi. This is an important case in the development of the law of personal jurisdiction in media cases in Texas and, perhaps, the country.
In last Sunday's edition of the New York Times, the editorial board published an op-ed celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its landmark victory in New York Times v. Sullivan, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1964 for the first time that the Constitution's protection of the rights to freedom of speech and of the press applies to civil suits for defamation. The doctrine announced in Sullivan, as well as the long line of subsequent decisions expanding its reach, still looms large to this day in the law of defamation in America, and its effect has not been without cost to the public.
A north Houston family has filed a lawsuit against high school students who created an Instagram page titled "2014 Klein Hoes." The family's suit alleges that their sixteen-year-old daughter was defamed when her picture appeared on the Instagram page created and managed by the named defendants. The photo quickly received derogatory and sexuality inappropriate comments that were available for others to see.
A Texas couple who filed a defamation lawsuit over three years ago against anonymous posters on the Internet forum Topix.com won a $13.78 million judgment from a jury.