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February 2015

MediaLawLetter January 2015


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
By George Freeman

What’s Next(Gen)? MLRC Introduces New Committee


Cal. Super.: Jury Awards $4.5 Million to Vietnamese Newspaper Accused of Having “Communist” Ties
Hoang v. Saigon Nho Newspapers

N.D. Ill.: Lawyer Acquitted of Sexual Assault Sues Above the Law and Gawker Over Trial Coverage
Case Against Gawker and Most Claims Against Above The Law Dismissed
Huon v. Breaking Media

D. Mass.: Libel Suit Against Talk Show Host Glenn Beck Survives Motion to Dismiss
Man Questioned About Boston Bombing Not a Public Figure
Alharbi v. Beck, et al.

Phila. Ct. Com.: Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Former Housing Authority Executive Director’s Appeal in Originally 246-Article Case
Greene v. Phila. Media Network, Inc.

Mich. Cir.: Who Is That Masked Plaintiff? Lessons Learned From Defending a Claim Brought By an Internet Troll
Fitch v. Fox

Wis. Cir.: No Personal Jurisdiction in Wisconsin Over Sydney Morning Herald
Salfinger v. Fairfax Media Limited

Md. Cir.: Court Dismisses Libel Action Against Radio Station
Limited Purpose Public Figure Failed To Allege Sufficient Facts of Actual Malice
Chaka v. Red Zebra Broadcasting

Fla. App.: Court Compells Production of Photos Posted on “Private” Facebook Page
“Minimal” Privacy Interest Regardless of Settings
Nucci v. Target Corp.

E.D. Va.: Virginia Court Upholds Newspapers’ Editorial Discretion
Dismisses Claims for Not Reporting Plaintiff’s Lawsuits
Melvin v. U.S.A. Today, et al.


Definitions of the Media: Three Recent Data Points
Lincoln City Lodging Ltd. P’ship I v. Doe; Enjaian v. ALM Media Properties; DOJ Media Policy

DOJ Releases New Guidelines on Subpoenas to News Media
Summary of Changes

Ill. App.: Reporter’s Source can Remain Anonymous in Double Murder Trial
People of the State of Illinois v. McKee


11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of “Million Dollar Challenge” Lawsuit
Lawyer’s Statement in News Interview Did Not Create Unilateral Contract
Kolodziej v. Mason