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Texas Supreme Ct. to consider TV Azteca case

The Texas Supreme Court has requested briefs on the merits of a libel case on the important issue of personal jurisdiction over foreign broadcasters whose over the air signals cross the Texas border.

The case, Trevi v. TV Azteca, could set a precedent of foreign broadcasters being dragged into court in Texas to defend a libel case over programs prepared in a foreign country by foreign journalists, concerning foreign events and based on foreign sources. 

TV Azteca is being represented by attorney Paul Watler with TAB’s general counsel, Jackson Walker LLP.

TAB has weighed in on TV Azteca’s behalf in the form of an amicus brief prepared by attorneys Tom Leatherbury and Marc Fuller of TAB Associate Member law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP.

“It was vitally important that TAB weigh in on this case so that the Supreme Court could understand the impact on our industry if the decision is allowed to stand,” said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.

“We were pleased the Court requested briefs on the merits of the case just two days after our brief was filed by Vinson & Elkins.”

Questions?  Contact TAB's Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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