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Texas Telemed Veterinarian Gets Redo of First Amendment Claim

Dec. 2, 2020, 9:11 PM

A Texas veterinarian disciplined by a state board for giving animal owners veterinary advice electronically, without first examining an animal, won his bid to reinstate a claim that the board violated his free speech rights, the Fifth Circuit said Wednesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra abrogated the professional speech doctrine relied on by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it affirmed the dismissal of Ronald Hines’ original First Amendment claim in 2015, the court said.

That means Hines can pursue the claim—re-raised in a 2018 suit—the...

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