AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law barring medical professionals from contacting accident victims within 30 days of an accident.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin that struck down the law as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.
Lawmakers approved the law in the 2009 session, aiming to protect accident victims from unethical solicitations by so-called "ambulance chasers."
The law prohibited telephone and in-person solicitation of victims within a month of an accident.