Port Arthur Independent School District v. Klein

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

05/03/2001

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Texas

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
In 2001, the Port Arthur Independent School District sued Philip Klein and his company Klein & Associates Political Relations for defamation after Klein published a post on the South East Texas Political Review blog stating that a "huge fight" had... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Klein & Associates Political Relations; Phillip R. Klein

Type of Party: 

Government

Type of Party: 

Individual
Organization

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Legal Counsel: 

J. Keith Stanley
Description

In 2001, the Port Arthur Independent School District sued Philip Klein and his company Klein & Associates Political Relations for defamation after Klein published a post on the South East Texas Political Review blog stating that a "huge fight" had occurred at a prom sponsored by a high school within the district.

The Texas trial court granted summary judgment to Klein and dismissed the case, holding that the First Amendment barred a defamation suit by a government unit.  The Court of Appeals of Texas affirmed, holding that a government unit may not sue for defamation. See Port Arthur Ind. School Dist. v. Klein & Associates Political Relations, 70 S.W.3d 349 (Tex. Ct. App. 2002).

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Texas

Source of Law: 

  • Texas

Court Name: 

172nd District Court, Texas; Court of Appeals of Texas, Beaumont

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

E-163290-A (trial); No. 09-01-239 CV (appeal)
CMLP Information (Private)

Threat Source: 

MLRC