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May 2022

MediaLawLetter April 2022

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From the Executive Director’s Desk: The Show Must Go On

George Freeman

MLRC director reflects on the challenges of hosting live gatherings in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.


Colorado Court Grants News Anchor’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

Steven D. Zansberg

In only the second case to date to apply Colorado’s anti-SLAPP Act (passed into law in 2019) to a news outlet, a trial court judge tossed a defamation case against Kyle Clark, the nightly news anchor at KUSA-TV/9News, the TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate in Denver. 

The Fight for the Public’s Right to Access Videos of the Landmark Prop 8 Trial Again Moves to the U.S. Supreme Court

Sara A. Fairchild, Thomas R. Burke, and Rochelle L. Wilcox

More than a decade after the landmark trial that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional, the proposition’s proponents have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a recent Ninth Circuit decision that would finally allow the public to access video recordings of the trial.


New Jersey Supreme Court Rules to Release Police Disciplinary Records  

CJ Griffin and Brittany Burns

The Court issued two major unanimous decisions ordering the disclosure of records involving law enforcement misconduct and access to settlement agreements that resolve discipline which reshape the landscape for the state’s Open Public Records Act and common law access.


Ninth Circuit Reaffirms CFAA Does Not Prohibit Web Scraping in hiQ v. LinkedIn  

Grayson Clary, Gillian Vernick and Gabe Rottman

The case was an important early test of Van Buren’s significance for scraping and other data journalism techniques.