Pat Roberts

Emeril TV producer fighting subpoena from Florida House

A television producer for one of chef Emeril Lagasse's cooking shows caught in an escalating legal battle with the Florida House of Representatives won a temporary reprieve Tuesday.

The House demanded last week that producer Pat Roberts and his company turn over records in five days or risk hefty fines and even jail. Instead of complying by the deadline, Roberts filed a lawsuit in federal court that contends his constitutional rights are being violated by the Republican-controlled House.

During an emergency hearing, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed to consider the case. But that move came only after Adam Tanenbaum, the general counsel for the House, promised that the...