Darnell v. Dobrott

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

06/10/2008

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Texas

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)
Injunction Denied

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

$0.00
In June 2008, Tim Darnell of Advantage Conferences sued Heather Dobrott in Texas state court for comments she posted about his business under the pseudonym "soapboxmom" on forum site scam.com and other websites.  Darnell's petition and request for temporary restraining... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Heather Dobrott

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Legal Counsel: 

Matthew J. Kita; James H. Moody III; Thomas Foster
Description

In June 2008, Tim Darnell of Advantage Conferences sued Heather Dobrott in Texas state court for comments she posted about his business under the pseudonym "soapboxmom" on forum site scam.com and other websites.  Darnell's petition and request for temporary restraining order sought injunctive relief and damages against Dobrott on theories of defamation, trade libel, tortious interference, negligence, and invasion of privacy.  

The court initially granted Darnell a temporary restraining order, but in a June 23, 2008 hearing it dissolved the restraining order and denied Darnell's request for a temporary injunction, stating that "prior restraints on speech are presumptively unconstitutional and I have not heard anything that would indicate . . . why the relief requested would take it out of that presumption."

Later, the court granted Dobrott's motion for summary judgment, which appears to have been unopposed.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Prior Restraints
  • User Comments or Submissions
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Texas

Source of Law: 

  • Texas

Court Name: 

193rd Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

No. 08-06317

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