A Nueces County judge ruled Friday a lawsuit by the father of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez against her widower meant to block the TV series “To Selena With Love” can move forward.

Lawyers for Chris Perez, Selena’s widower, argued the lawsuit against him stifles free speech rights and sought to have the case dismissed.

State District Judge Guy Williams decided Perez’s lawyers failed to prove the litigation was a strategic lawsuit against public participation – commonly called SLAPP – and ruled in favor of Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Selena’s father.

According to the agreement, Quintanilla owns certain entertainment properties including the name, voice, signature, photograph and likeness of Selena.

As part of the agreement, Perez is prohibited from exploiting Selena without Quintanilla’s written consent.

TV series based on “To Selena With Love” in the works.