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March 2018

MediaLawLetter February 2018


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: Does the Trump Effect Extend to Jury Verdicts? Consultants to Weigh In
And a Lovely Speech on the Collegiality and Uniqueness of the Media Bar

Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer: Steve Mandell


S.D.N.Y.: New York Federal District Court Rules Embedded Images Can Be Infringing
Goldman v. Breitbart: The Background and Decision

E.D.N.Y.: Court Awards $6.75 Million to Graffiti Artists Under VARA
Cohen v. G & M Realty L.P.


N.D.W. Va.: West Virginia Court Dismisses Mine Owner’s Defamation Case Against John Oliver, HBO
A Win for Oliver, HBO, Mr. Nutterbutter, and Free Speech
Marshall County Coal et al. v. Oliver et al.

N.D. Ill.: Court Halts War of the Experts Arising Out of ABA Judges’ Journal Article
Dismisses Defamation, False Light and Related Unfair Competition Claims with Prejudice
Board of Forensic Document Document Examiners v. American Bar Association

Cal. App.: Actor’s Right of Publicity Lawsuit Over Simpsons Character Fails
To Be ‘Simpsonized” Is to Be Transformed
Sivero v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation


D.D.C.: CNN Request Spurs Court to Unseal Clinton-Starr Grand Jury Documents
In re Application to Unseal Dockets Related to the 1998 Investigation of President Clinton

Fla. Cir.: Judge Refuses to Seal Bulk of Documents in High Profile Kidnapping Trial
Defendant Argued Online Publicity Required Sealing
State v. Williams