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March 2019

MediaLawLetter February 2019


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: Because He Threatens and Wounds the First Amendment and Our Free Press: Anybody But Trump

Letter to a Newer Media Lawyer: Don’t Just Wait By The Phone

10 Questions to a Media Lawyer: Rachel Matteo-Boehm


Justice Thomas and Sullivan

ALI Announces “Defamation and Privacy Project”

W.D. Okla.: Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidate Gets SLAPPed Down
Richardson v. Tribune Media Company, et al.

Indiana Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal for Failure to Serve Statutory Retraction Demand
Hamersley v. ABC, Inc. et al.

Cal. Super.: Free Association and Free Speech Rights Shield Anonymous Instagram Account Publishing #MeToo Allegations
Watson v. Diet Madison Avenue

N.D. Ala.: Outrage and Fraud Claims Over True Crime Series Survive Motion to Dismiss
Holloway v. Oxygen Media

N.D. Ga.: Georgia Long-Arm Statute Does Not Reach Chicago Newspaper’s Online Report
Marsalis v. STM Reader, LLC, et al.


Hot Topic Roundtable: Drones in Newsgathering

Federal Aviation Administration Publishes Proposed Rules for Flights Over People, Nighttime Operations

D. Kansas: High School Students First Amendment Suit Can Proceed
Student Journalists Have Individual Right of Action Under Kansas Law
M.C. et al. v. Shawnee Mission Unified School Dist. No. 512


Fourth Circuit Holds that Blocking on Public Official’s Social Media Page Violates First Amendment
Facebook Page Used for Official Purposes a Public Forum
Davison v. Randall


Eleventh Circuit Affirms Exception to Grand Jury Secrecy for Records of Historical Significance
Pitch v. United States

S.D.N.Y.: Court Grants Access to Warrant Materials in Michael Cohen Case
U.S. v. Cohen

New York’s Appeals Court Rules NYPD Body Cam Recordings Are Not “Personnel Records”
In re Patrolmen’s Benevolent Ass’n v. De Blasio

N.D. Cal.: Court Unseals Facebook Records Revealing “Friendly Fraud” System Used On Minors
Bohannon, et. al v. Facebook, Inc.