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August 2016

MediaLawLetter July 2016


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
MLRC Media Law Conference Sept. 21-23

The Monthly Daily
An Ongoing Experiment in Drinking from the Firehose


D.C. Cir.: Court Sides with Microsoft to Quash Stored Communications Act Warrant
Contents of Email Account Stored in the Cloud from Server Located Outside the United States
Microsoft v. U.S.

Ninth Circuit Limits Scope of Communications Decency Act Section 230 Protections
Sec. 230 Does Not Bar Claim That Website Failed to Warn Users of Criminal Scheme
Doe v. Internet Brands

D.C. Cir.: The Latest on Network Neutrality
Court Upholds FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order Against Wide Range of Legal Challenges
United States Telephone Ass’n v. FCC


D.C. Circuit: FOIA Follows Agency Chief’s Emails Stored on a Private Server
Closely Watched Decision Closely Mirrors Hillary Clinton’s Use of Private Email Network
Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Office of Science and Technology Policy

6th Cir.: Unusual 6th Circuit En Banc Split Ends (For Now?) 20 Year Federal FOIA Fight for Mug Shots
Criminal Defendants Have Privacy Interest to Prevent Release of Mug Shots
Detroit Free Press v. Dept. of Justice


E.D. Va.: Libel Claim Against Blogger Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
Publication on the Internet and Having Readers ‘Like’ a Facebook Post Not Enough to Subject Writer to Suit
FireClean, LLC v. Tuohy

Utah: Supreme Court Overturns Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts Predicated on Allegedly Injurious Speech Between Business Rivals
SIRQ, Inc., et al. v. The Layton Companies

8th Cir. Affirms Summary Judgment for Better Business Bureau
Consumer Warning Was Protected Opinion
Others First, Inc. v. Better Business Bureau of Greater St. Louis, Inc.