LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The 7th Court of Appeals has dismissed a libel suit filed by local political figure Dr. Donald May.
May sued a Texas Tech law student for libel and slander. The trial court previously dismissed the slander suit and today the appeals court dismissed the libel suit and ordered May to pay attorney's fees for the person he sued.
May's attorney, Fernando Bustos, told KCBD, "We are disappointed at the court of appeals' ruling, and will examine our appeal options. It is important for citizens to be able to clear their names when they are defamed, and we will continue to seek to vindicate Dr. May's rights."
Kevin Glasheen, who represented the student sued by May, released this statement, "People like May have used libel suits to intimidate and silence their critics. The Courts have said - we won't allow it."
The case was remanded to the trial court (99th District) to determine the amount of the attorney fees May will have to pay.