The LSU Law community is invited to attend the final round of the 2021 Tullis Moot Court Competition on Monday, Nov. 8, at 6:15 p.m. in the Robinson Courtroom on the second floor of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The final round of competition will also be live streamed on the LSU Law Advocacy Programs Facebook page.
In the final round, two teams of second-year students will face off in appellate oral arguments in a hypothetical U.S. Supreme Court case. Colin North and Blake Vick will represent the petitioner, Whale Quick Clinic, a walk-in medical clinic that conducted a blood test for the respondent, Mary Margaret Blanchard, an elementary school teacher who was required to get testing for “CURSED-19” by her employer.
Ms. Blanchard will be represented at oral argument by Tyler Frederick and Luke Dupré. Ms. Blanchard claims that Whale Quick Clinic improperly sent her an unsolicited text message containing her test results; this text message was seen by a fellow teacher, which led to Blanchard losing her job. Ms. Blanchard then sued Whale Quick Clinic.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two issues: Whether a consumer must suffer actual concrete damages for that consumer to have standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and whether an unsolicited text message disclosing blood test results would be highly offensive to a reasonable person as defined by § 652B of the Second Restatement of Torts.
The distinguished panel of judges who will decide which team wins the 2021 Tullis Moot Court Competition includes Shelton Dennis Blunt, a Partner at Phelps Dunbar LLP; Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., LSU President Emeritus and LSU Law Professor; Hon. Scott Johnson, United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; and Christopher K. Jones (’02), a Partner at Keogh Cox & Wilson LLP and President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association.