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February 2020

MediaLawLetter January 2020


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: Remembering Rick Ovelmen and John Borger, Stalwarts of the Media Bar
And Los Angeles Entertainment Law Conference Kicks Off MLRC’s 40th Anniversary
George Freeman

Letter to a Young Media Lawyer
Barbara Wall


Tenn.: Court Holds One-on-One Conversations With Government Officials Are Not Immune Under Fair Report Privilege
Kristel Tupja

D. Mass.: Defamation Claim Over “Above the Law” Article Dismissed
Fair Report and First Amendment Bar Claim

Ill. Cir.: Crain’s Wins Summary Judgment on Libel and False Light Claims
Former Tech CEO a Public Figure Based on Media Solicitation
Steven Mandell and Brian Saucier

New York Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment for WPIX
Station Not Grossly Irresponsible
Bruce S. Rosen and James Harry Oliverio

New York Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Dow Jones
Tom Leatherbury


Ninth Circuit Knocks Out Boxing Fan Class Action Over Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight
Bethany Rabe, Mark Tratos, and Ruth Bahe-Jachna

Second Circuit Likely Ends 15-Year-Old “Torture” Allegations Against Chinese Journalist
Bruce Rosen and Zachary Wellbrock


Third Circuit Confuses Statutes and Court Orders in Prior Restraint Analysis
Jeff Hermes


New York Court Orders Disclosure of Letter from Conflicts of Interest Board to Mayor De Blasio
And Awards New York Times Its Attorneys’ Fees
Al-Amyn Sumar