ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. v. Coleman (Opinion)Annotate this Case
Travis Coleman was a terminal technician formerly employed by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo). Coleman sued EMPCo and his two former supervisors for defamation, alleging that the statements by his supervisors about the circumstances that led to Coleman’s termination were untrue. Defendants moved to dismiss, arguing that the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) applied to Coleman’s suit. The court of appeals ruled that EMPCo did not meet its burden to show that the TCPA applied to Coleman’s suit because the communications among EMPCo employees were related to Coleman’s job performance and had only a “tangential relationship to health, safety, environmental, and economic concerns." The Supreme Court reversed, holding that EMPCo successfully established TCPA applicability. Remanded.