NRA v. Ackerman, Texas

Ackerman’s Motion to Dismiss the Initial Complaint

October 1, 2019

Filing Summary

This brief contains the defendants (Ackerman McQueen, Mercury Group, and individual defendants Henry Martin and Jesse Greenberg) motion to dismiss the NRA’s initial complaint alleging improper references to Ackerman’s work for the NRA on the NRA website.  The case was later superseded by the NRA’s amended complaint, which contains much broader allegations, and Ackerman’s counterclaims. 

Key Points

  • For the most part, the brief contains legal arguments about the impermissibility of the NRA’s initial complaint and does not contain any significant factual disclosures.
  • Ackerman summarizes its work for the NRA as follows: “For almost four decades, Ackerman McQueen served the NRA expertly, helping the gun rights organization navigate troubled political and societal waters as its principal public relations spokesman and crisis manager.” (para. 22)