Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court allowed the unanimous appellate decision in favor of Hotze Health & Wellness Center founder and CEO, Dr. Steven Hotze, in the Miller v. Hotze Texas Supreme Court case (Miller v. Hotze, Tex. Sup. Ct. No. 12-0349 (Mar. 29, 2013), Ct. of Appeals No. 12-10-00413-CV, Trial Court No. 08-CV-29,961).
A former member of the Texas Medical Board (TMB), Keith Miller, had sued Hotze, alleging defamation and conspiracy, based on criticisms of him by Hotze. Additionally, Miller sought damages from Hotze for his writings and statements, according to court documents.
According to court documents, the 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler, Texas agreed unanimously with Hotze’s position in this case, and ruled in his favor. The court held that members of the TMB are public officials, and that the issues in this case involved matters of public concern. Therefore, public officials, like Miller, can be criticized to the full extent allowed by the First Amendment.
“This decision affirms the important right of free speech to criticize public officials without fear of legal retaliation,” said Hotze. “This action by the Texas Supreme Court ensures that those who hold powerful government positions can be publicly criticized for their conduct.”
After losing in the appellate court, Miller petitioned the Texas Supreme Court for a reversal of the Court of Appeals ruling, but the High Court denied his petition without comment, according to court documents.
“No Texan should fear being sued by a current or former government official based on free speech,” said Hotze. “The First Amendment is an essential right to ensure fair governance. All Texans are better off now due to this important precedent.”
Hotze has been an advocate for reform of the TMB since 2007. In 2011, the legislature passed several of the reforms promoted by Hotze, and Governor Perry signed them into law.
“Through this case, I feel I have established a historic legal precedent in favor of free speech, one of the most cherished liberties, for all Texans,” said Hotze.
For more information about Hotze, please visit http://www.HotzeHWC.com.
About Hotze Health & Wellness Center:
Hotze Health & Wellness Center is leading the Revolution in Wellness™ care by changing the way women and men are treated in mid-life through the use of biologically identical hormones. Founded in 1989 by Steven F. Hotze, M.D., the Center has successfully treated more than 25,000 patients. In an effort to help patients obtain and maintain life-long health and wellness, physicians and registered nurses on staff address the root cause of symptoms, and correct health ailments naturally rather than merely masking symptoms with drugs. For more information, visit, http://www.hotzehwc.com, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HotzeHWC.