Texas ‘Internet Veterinarian’ wins long-fought First Amendment battle with state regulators

“The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognized that restricting the online pet advice of Brownsville, Texas, veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines implicated his First Amendment rights,” the Institute for Justice (IJ) wrote in a press release today, “reversing a lower court ruling that occupational speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Dr. Hines now has the opportunity to go back down to the trial court and prove the First Amendment violation. Today’s decision has broad implications for other professionals who want to meet virtually with clients, especially in the midst of COVID-19.”

Read the full release here.

Read today’s opinion in full here.