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Gaylord Broad. Co. v. Francis – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In Gaylord Broad. Co. v. Francis, 7 S.W.3d 279 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1999, pet denied), the media defendants constructed a database of courthouse parking records for certain judges. Id. at 282.

Based on the parking records, the defendants aired a report accusing a criminal district court judge of "hardly working." Id. at 283.

The judge, however, produced summary judgment evidence purporting to show that the data used in the report was partially fabricated and that the hours he worked were roughly equivalent to another judge the report praised as "hard working." Gaylord, 7 S.W.3d at 285-86.