Media and First Amendment Law
Social media, newspaper, radio, and television provide us with a window to a larger world. As providers of information and entertainment to the public at large, publishers and broadcasters reach thousands or even millions of “consumers” each day. It is a massive responsibility, and also a unique source of liability that gives rise to an entire branch of law.
The Law Office of Carter H. Thompson advises assists media clients in matters including:
- Libel lawsuits
- First Amendment issues
- Invasion of privacy cases
- Texas Open Meetings Act
- Texas Public Information Act (formerly known as the Texas Open Records Act)
- Pre-publication advise
As a former newspaper reporter of 10 years, Carter Thompson understands the challenges media sources face in accessing public records, challenging closed meetings, and publishing content in a timely manner. He also understands deadlines, and can rapidly respond to requests to review articles slated to be published, or segments scheduled to be aired. Carter Thompson also understands the issues and law governing defamation and privacy lawsuits against the media, including procedural means that provide for the rapid dismissal of some cases.