Everything MLRC has published, in any publication, since 2017.
Hermes International sought legal remedies against Los Angeles artist Mason Rothschild for his creation and sale of NFTs, without obtaining Hermes’ authorization, depicting digital images of revised versions of Hermes’ iconic “Birkin” handbag.
In late April, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases affecting citizens’ ability to sue government officials who block them on social media. When the court tackles O’Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier and Lindke v. Freed (likely this fall), it should embrace a rule that enhances, not constrains, the First Amendment right to engage with…
Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Police Chief’s Defamation Claims Linked to True Crime PodcastKevin T. Shook
The court of appeals affirmed that plaintiff lacked evidence of actual malice and also found certain statements were not actionable under Ohio’s innocent construction rule.
Court Dismissed Defamation Case Arising from Environmental Advocacy Group’s Campaign to Protect Canadian ForestsChelsea Kelly and Laura Handman
After seven years of litigation, court ruled that defendants had not acted with actual malice and dismissed the case in full.
Judge Reed’s decision is especially important for reporters who have sources with NDAs.
Florida Appellate Court Orders Public Release of State Grand Jury Materials from Failed Jeffrey Epstein ProsecutionNina D. Boyajian and Layal L. Bishara
The Court of Appeal held that courts have inherent authority to order the disclosure of grand jury materials, “despite the traditional rule of [grand jury] secrecy.”
We had about 150 attendees — about a pre-pandemic crowd — and everyone I spoke to felt it was truly engaging and worthwhile.
A California court revived a defamation claim against U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters in May, holding that her 2020 GOP opponent provided sufficient evidence that she acted with actual malice in making allegedly false statements about his military record.
Internet Archive Slammed in Decision Rejecting Mass Distribution of Unlicensed Ebooks Under ‘Controlled Digital Lending’ TheoryJack Browning, Linda Steinman and Liz McNamara
Judge Koeltl delivered a decision definitively characterizing Internet Archive’s actions as brazen copyright infringement.
In a 74-page decision, the court dismissed all defamation and defamation per se claims against Davis for insufficient evidence of actual malice.
The court’s decision significantly strengthens arguments for defendants to recover fees under the District’s anti-SLAPP law, including the fees they expend in litigating entitlement to fees.
The Arizona Supreme Court has issued a ringing endorsement for the safeguards provided to opinions and political speech in a defamation case involving a local radio talk show host.
A year and a half after the South Dakota Supreme Court unsealed search warrant materials related to billionaire T. Denny Sanford, who was under investigation for possession of child pornography, the court finished the job, unsealing the underlying affidavits that finally told the public what the investigation was all about.
The judge’s decision to dismiss any argument based on the neutral reportage privilege was a lost opportunity. It could have corrected one of the few areas where good journalism and the law diverge.
Ruling on a motion to dismiss, Judge Pitman held that an article’s characterizations of plaintiff as a “Jan. 6 Capitol riot organizer” and a person who “helped coordinate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection” were capable of being proven true or false, and therefore actionable in defamation, and that Bostic adequately pleaded the defendants published them…
Beyond denying the use of a categorical exemption, this case is a unique win because it marks the first time a court has ordered a search of documents when a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty is at issue.
The Southern District of New York held that twenty-one of the twenty-two statements were not defamatory as a matter of law.
A defendant who prevails on an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss may recover its attorneys’ fees without the need to file a counterclaim or a separate lawsuit.