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January 2017

MediaLawLetter December 2016


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
Santa’s Gift List for Media Players Naughty & Nice

MLRC Annual Meeting
New Directors Elected; A Review of MLRC Projects and Events

DCS Annual Meeting Reviews Accomplishments and Plans for 2017


W.D. Va.: Jury Finds Rolling Stone Defamed UVA Dean in “Rape on Campus” Article
Magazine’s Correction Was a Republication Made With Actual Malice
Eramo v. Rolling Stone

Wis. App.: Wisconsin Court Of Appeals Snuffs Out Firefighter’s Defamation Suit
Program Was Opinion Based on Disclosed Fact
Marjala v. Fox News Network LLC, Lee Armstrong, Megyn Kelly and Robert C. Whitaker

Kentucky Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against TV Station
Reporting Was Protected By Fair Reporting Privilege
Doneghy v. WKYT 27 News First

Pa.:  Court Applies Fair Report Privilege to “Colorful” Report
Corporations Can’t Sue for False Light
Menites, Inc. d/b/a Theo’s Bar and Grille v. WHTM ABC27 News

Md.: Court Adopts Less Demanding Standard To Prove Malice In Purely Private Defamation Cases
Preponderance of Evidence Standard Appropriate 
Seley-Radtke v. Hosmane


Michigan Court of Appeals Takes Another Encouraging Look at Anonymous Speech
Identities of Anonymous Commenters Protected
Sarkar v John and Jane Doe and PubPeer Foundation


University of Notre Dame Campus Police Force Not Covered by Indiana’s Open Records Law
ESPN v. University of Notre Dame Police Department