BFSN Law wins Texas Supreme Court case on behalf of Anonymous Internet Blogger

BFSN Law's Shelly Skeen

BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen wins case on behalf of Anonymous Internet Blogger

The Texas Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of requiring Texas trial courts to determine that they would have personal jurisdiction over the prospective defendant before ordering pre-suit discovery under Rule 202. The ruling can be viewed here.


BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen argued in front of the Texas Supreme Court on November 7, 2013. The case involved a company’s and its CEO’s attempt to discover the identity of an anonymous Internet blogger, “Doe.” In 2010 the trial court granted Reynolds’s 202 Petition ordering Google to release Doe’s name, address, and telephone number to R & R. The Court of Appeals agreed, and BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in the Texas Supreme Court.


Ms. Skeen has practiced primarily in the areas of complex commercial litigation, representing businesses across the country in disputes in state and federal court and arbitrations; in appellate law; in professional malpractice and grievance defense; and in probate and estate planning. Shelly has been a certified mediator for over 10 years, and she has attained Member status in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in International Arbitration, the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation, and other private dispute resolution methods.


Ms. Skeen has also helped arbitrate several cases on behalf of the IBPA. To see her full profile, click here.