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No. 16-0098
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THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, INC. AND STEVE BLOW v. JOHN TATUM AND MARY ANN TATUM

Oral argument was held on January 10, 2018. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on May 11, 2018. It then denied rehearing on September 28, 2018 File Closed

Opinions

May 11, 2018

Brown
Hecht
Green
Johnson
Guzman
Lehrmann
Boyd
Devine
Blacklock

Justice Brown delivered the unanimous opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, III.B, and IV, the opinion of the Court with respect to Part III.A, in which Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Green, Justice Guzman, and Justice Devine joined, and an opinion with respect to Part III.C, in which Chief Justice Hecht and Justice Johnson joined. PDF

Boyd
Lehrmann
Blacklock

Justice Boyd delivered a concurring opinion, in which Justice Lehrmann and Justice Blacklock joined. View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument | Video PDF

 

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:5th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Aff/Pt and Rev & Rem/Pt
COA Docket No.:05-14-01017-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable William G. Whitehill

Trial Court

Trial Court:68th District Court
County:Dallas
Trial Judge:Honorable Martin J. Hoffman
Trial Docket:DC-11-07371

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2018-09-28 Mandate issued  
2018-09-28 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied
2018-09-04 Reply to Response to Motion for Rehearing filed (Respondent)  
2018-08-20 Miscellaneous Motion  
2018-08-20 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2018-08-15 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Petitioner)  
2018-07-31 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2018-07-30 Motion for Rehearing  
2018-07-30 Case forwarded to Court
2018-06-20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2018-06-20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2018-05-25 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-05-16 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-05-14 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2018-05-14 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-05-11 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
2018-05-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2018-05-11 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Denied
2018-05-11 Opinion issued   Court of Appeals' judgment reversed & judgment rendered
2018-05-11 Concurring Opinion issued.   Issued
2018-05-04 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-04-12 Call received  
2018-04-05 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-03-21 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-03-20 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-03-09 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-02-16 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-01-10 Oral argument  
2018-01-10 Submission Schedule
2018-01-09 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2018-01-09 Call received  
2018-01-02 Letter Filed  
2017-12-13 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2017-12-13 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2017-12-13 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2017-10-27 Submission reset   Case set for oral argument
2017-10-20 Motion to Argue disposed   Filing granted
2017-10-04 Miscellaneous Motion  
2017-09-01 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
2017-09-01 Petition for Review granted
2017-09-01 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2017-08-11 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-08-11 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-08-11 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-08-11 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-08-02 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Petitioner)  
2017-07-24 Reply to Response to Motion  
2017-07-13 Response to Motion filed  
2017-06-29 Miscellaneous Motion  
2017-06-28 Response to Amicus Curiae Brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-06-20 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
2017-06-16 Miscellaneous Motion  
2017-06-15 Reply Brief (Petitioner)  
2017-06-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2017-06-07 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2017-06-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2017-06-06 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2017-06-06 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2017-06-06 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2017-05-25 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-05-22 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-04-21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-04-21 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-04-12 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
2017-03-01 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-03-01 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-02-02 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-02-02 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-01-20 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
2016-12-15 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2016-12-15 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2016-11-02 Case Record Filed  
2016-10-26 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2016-10-26 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2016-10-24 Record Requested in Petition for Review  
2016-10-21 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2016-09-20 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2016-08-18 Reply to Response (Petitioner)  
2016-08-03 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
2016-07-26 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
2016-07-25 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
  This case was waiting for a decision about briefing or a possible grant between May 31, 2016 and July 25, 2016.  
2016-05-31 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
2016-05-29 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2016-05-27 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2016-04-26 Case forwarded to Court
2016-04-22 Response Waiver filed  
2016-04-12 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  
2016-03-14 Second Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review disposed   Filing granted
2016-03-09 Second Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review filed  
2016-02-10 Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review disposed   Filing granted
2016-02-10 Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review filed  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Blow, Steve
Ms. Rachel A. Ekery
Ms. Shannon Z. Teicher
Mr. Wallace B. Jefferson
Mr. Paul C. Watler
Petitioner
Tatum, John
Mr. Joseph D. Sibley IV
Respondent
The Dallas Morning News, Inc.
Ms. Rachel A. Ekery
Ms. Shannon Z. Teicher
Mr. Wallace B. Jefferson
Mr. Paul C. Watler
Petitioner
Tatum, Mary Ann
Mr. Joseph D. Sibley IV
Respondent

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Chambers, Stephen
Mr. Stephen Chambers
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Mr. Eugene Volokh
Mr. Russell Falconer
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Mr. James A. Hemphill
Texas Association of Broadcasters
Mr. James A. Hemphill
Texas Press Association
Mr. James A. Hemphill
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