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Feb 2024

Happy Slam, Happy Conference

Executive director on MLRC's dynamic inaugural conference in Sydney.

Jul 2023

Maine Governor Vetoes Legislation Requiring News Outlets to Establish Unconstitutional Censorship Process for “Foreign Government-Influenced” Political Communications

Sigmund D. Schutz, Alexandra A. Harriman, and Margeaux E. Lavoie

No state has come closer than Maine to imposing on news outlets constitutionally fraught and onerous obligations to police and censor foreign-influenced spending on political advertising.

Jul 2023

Charity’s Defamation Claim Against Canadian Public Broadcaster Can Continue in U.S. Federal Court

Sam Lachman

The Court dismissed the charity’s claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and negligent misrepresentation for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction, leaving its defamation claim to proceed to discovery. At issue is

Feb 2023

A Muslim Musician Is on Death Row for Singing on What’s App

Richard Winfield

The Nigerian musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, was expressing his religious beliefs in his lyrics which praised a Nigerian imam whom he sang was superior to the Prophet Mohammad.

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.

Jun 2022

Banks v. Cadwalladr – Meaning, Intention & Public Interest

Emma Linch

The length and detail of the judgment demonstrates the level of detail required to succeed in a public interest defence.

Jan 2022

Lloyd v. Google: UK Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Claimant’s Representative Action

David Barker and Caroline Henzell

The Supreme Court rejected the notion that every data subject affected by a non-trivial data breach is entitled to an award of compensation for the mere “loss of control” of their personal data.

Jan 2022

A Mighty SLAPP: Ontario Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Over Wall Street Journal Reporting

Joseph Weissman

If the decision stands on appeal, it is likely to strengthen press freedom in Canada, providing useful precedent for media defendants under the relatively new and untested anti-SLAPP law.

Dec 2021

ZXC v. Bloomberg – Privacy and the Criminal Process in England

David Barker, Caroline Henzell and Lottie Peach

The case will decide the issue of whether, and to what extent, a person who has not been charged with an offence can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to information that relates to a criminal investigation into their activities.

Sep 2021

Landmark Defamation Decision in Australia Says You Are Liable for the Comment Section

Peter Bartlett and Tess McGuire

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for social media engagement in Australia, the country's top court ruled that media companies may be liable for allegedly defamatory comments left by readers on their Facebook posts.