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Nov 2022

Scorched Earth Litigation: The Call for Anti-SLAPP May Save You

Victoria Baranetsky

In Planet Aid v. CIR, a defamation lawsuit that was filed six years ago against our newsroom, parties finally settled the remaining issue: attorney’s fees.

Nov 2022

Anti-SLAPP Win for Lions Gate against NXIVM Recruiter

Jean-Paul Jassy and Meghan Fenzel

Granting defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion in its entirety, Judge Sykes ruled that Plaintiff Marc Elliot’s claims failed as a matter of law, and that any amendment would be futile.

Nov 2022

Portnoy’s Complaint Dismissed

Lindsey Cherner

The Massachusetts federal court dismissed a defamation and invasion of privacy case brought by media mogul David Portnoy, which he conceded was never about winning and always about revenge.

Nov 2022

Freedom of Speech Looms Large at the Supreme Court

Jeff Hermes

Has there been a recent term where the Court took on so many big structural questions implicating freedom of speech?

Nov 2022

10 Insurance Topics for Non-Insurance Lawyers

Samuel W. Wardle

This article aims to provide non-insurance practitioners with a basic framework for understanding how insurance policies are written, how to identify coverage and exclusions, and what to expect from an insurance company in cases of disputed coverage.

Oct 2022

Federal Court Dismisses Tara Reade’s Privacy Suit Against New York Times

Al-Amyn Sumar

The court granted The Times’s motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) and to strike the claims under California’s anti-SLAPP law.

Oct 2022

Judge SLAPPs “Brooklyn Land Shark” Suit Against Daily News

Matthew Leish

Is it defamatory to refer to a real estate investor who has been repeatedly sued for taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners as a “Land Shark” who has been slammed as “a wolf preying on sellers”?  A New York state trial judge has answered that question with a resounding “no.”

Oct 2022

Catholic Church Subpoena for Berkshire Eagle’s Confidential Sources

Jeffrey J. Pyle

On October 3, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge issued a revised order protecting Berkshire Eagle investigations editor Larry Parnass – at least for now – from having to identify his confidential sources for a story about clergy sex abuse in western Massachusetts.

Oct 2022

MLRC and the Pandemic: Great Opportunities Amidst Crisis

George Freeman

MLRC's Covid-era Zoom calls have featured prominent speakers, timely journalistic issues, cutting-edge legal matters, and some just plain fun topics to discuss.

Oct 2022

Ohio Senate Candidate Can Run, But Not Hide

Darren Ford and Jack Greiner

Can a candidate for the United States Senate from Ohio and his soon to be ex-wife file a divorce action in a county in which neither resides and have a compliant judge issue an order prospectively sealing the entire case record? Spoiler alert, the answer is no.

Oct 2022

New York Court Upholds First Amendment Right of Access to Jury Selection in Upcoming Trump Trial

Robert  Balin and Jesse Feitel

Judge Gonzalez appears to be the first New York state court judge to recognizing a presumptive First Amendment right of the public and press to attend jury selection in civil trials.

Oct 2022

Journalist Jim DeRogatis Avoids Having to Testify in R. Kelly Criminal Trial

Damon E. Dunn and Seth A. Stern

The federal judge presiding over the recent criminal trial of singer R. Kelly in Chicago quashed a defense subpoena for the testimony of Jim DeRogatis, the journalist and author who first exposed R. Kelly’s abuse of young women.

Oct 2022

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Defamation Action Based on Public Hearing Statements

Alexa Millinger

Giving new analysis to the well-accepted rule that statements in quasi-judicial proceedings cannot be the basis for defamation, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a party could maintain a defamation action for statements made in a planning and zoning commission public hearing.

Oct 2022

Hawaiʻi Third State To Pass Uniform Protection for Public Expression Act

Denise Antolini and Jeff Portnoy

The new law represents a major gain for civil rights particularly at a time when independent-minded media and public interests groups are outgunned by well-oiled capitalists and dark money. 

Oct 2022

Australia’s Trial of the Century: Ben Roberts-Smith v. Fairfax Media

Peter Bartlett

Australian lawyer gives context about complex case pitting Australia’s most decorated soldier against experienced journalists who allege he committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Oct 2022

Colorado Trial Court Dismisses Baseless Libel Suit Against Newspaper

Steven D. Zansberg

A state trial court judge granted the anti-SLAPP motion of the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel newspaper and dismissed a libel suit brought by a pro se plaintiff who claimed he was defamed by an article recounting his run-ins with the law arising from his protests at two Islamic religious centers.

Oct 2022

N.C. Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Libel Suit Against WRAL

Mary Aline Fertin

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina affirmed the dismissal of a libel suit against WRAL over its coverage of Crystal Mangum’s murder conviction.

Sep 2022

Foreign Emoluments Clause Meets FOIA

Charles D. Tobin and Maxwell S. Mishkin

A D.C. federal judge has issued a groundbreaking Freedom of Information Act ruling in favor of the Washington Post, agreeing that the public has a "strong interest” in learning the names of retired U.S. military personnel who go to work for foreign governments and how much they get paid.

Sep 2022

Anti-SLAPP Tactical Considerations in New York State Versus Federal Courts

David S. Korzenik

The court had no difficulty concluding the article was a matter of legitimate public concern, a fair report of the prior proceedings, and published without actual malice. The significance of the decision, however, also lies in its approach to the recovery of legal fees under the New York SLAPP statute.

Sep 2022

New Jersey State Court Imposes Sanctions Against Counsel for Pursuing Frivolous Defamation Claims

Elizabeth Seidlin-Bernstein

A pair of recent decisions from a New Jersey trial court highlights the state’s strong legal protections for freedom of speech and the press.