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In-person physical exam requirement tested with ruling that remotely given veterinary advice is protected speech

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A federal district court in Texas, in a December decision, upheld a magistrate judge who had recom-mended that the state veterinary board defend a law that prohibits veterinarians in that state from dispensing medical advice without a physical examination. The magistrate judge said that the medical advice given remotely by the physician who challenged the law was a form of protected speech.

The federal court adopted the finding of the magistrate, which had been issued in July, in refusing to dismiss the case. The physician, Ronald Hines, is licensed in Texas. After a serious spinal cord injury, Hines began . . .

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