Rudkin v. Roger Beasley Imports, Inc.

September 5, 2018

The Reporters Committee and 39 media organizations filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit in Rudkin v. Roger Beasley Imports, Inc.  An employer moved to dismiss invasion of privacy claims by a former employee under the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act, but the district court held that the TCPA does not apply in federal court. The amicus brief argues that the TCPA, like other state anti-SLAPP statutes, should apply in federal court because it provides substantive protections for First Amendment freedoms, including those of media organizations retaliated against for reporting on matters of public concern.  Attorneys from Vinson & Elkins LLP served as local counsel on the amicus brief.