Going Forward with the MLRC Media Law Conference: A Behind the Scenes LookGeorge Freeman
During the pandemic, nothing was easy and everything was somewhat different. That was certainly true of our planning of our Media Law Conference, which will be held in-person at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. September 29-October 1.
“Cursing Cheerleader” Decision Leaves Unanswered Questions About Public Schools’ Authority Over Students’ Digital Free Speech RightsMichael J. Grygiel
The Court affirmed that a student’s suspension from her high school’s cheerleading squad for vulgar Snapchat postings made outside of school on a weekend violated the First Amendment.
SCOTUS Strikes Down California’s Disclosure Requirement for Charitable Donors: Decision Lowers the Bar for Facial Challenges to Disclosure LawsBrian Hauss
Justice Roberts held that California’s donor-disclosure requirement fails exacting scrutiny, and facially violates the First Amendment, because it is not narrowly tailored to California’s asserted interest in policing charitable misconduct.
Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition Asking Court to Overrule Public Figure DoctrineMatthew Schafer and Jack Browning
For the media bar and defamation plaintiffs, Berisha’s implications reach beyond a single book and signify challenges ahead for the Court’s libel doctrine.
Donald Trump Tries to Hold Social Media Platforms Liable for Politicians’ Exercise of Soft PowerJeff Hermes
Trump’s complaints assert that the platforms were coerced into deplatforming Trump and others by Democratic lawmakers and other government officials, rendering the platforms’ decisions state action in violation of the First Amendment.
Ferguson Civil Rights Case by Journalists Settles for More Than a Quarter Million DollarsBernie Rhodes
The county paid the three journalists $180,000 and paid another $100,000 in legal fees.
Obfuscating Mercy: How The California Supreme Court Finally Addressed Secretive PardonsSelina MacLaren and Thomas R. Burke
The new rule rejects the governor’s decades-old practice of automatically sealing clemency files, but places the onus on the public to move for unsealing.
DC Circuit Provides Expansive Interpretation of FOIA’s ‘Foreseeable Harm’ StandardAdam A. Marshall
Although the foreseeable harm provision is more than five years old, the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in Reporters Committee v. Federal Bureau of Investigation is only the court’s second opportunity to address the standard, and it is the first time it has offered a robust description of what the provision requires.
Tips on Managing Content Risk for Small, Mid-Sized, and Non-Media OrganizationsAaron Tilley
An overview intended to demystify the risk management process of these risks for small, mid-sized and non-media organizations.
District Court of Colorado Adopts Meta-Film’s “Access Through an Intermediary” Test in Copyright CaseDavid Aronoff, Michael Beylkin, and Joshua Bornstein
The decision is the first case in the Tenth Circuit to adopt the “access through an intermediary” test of the highly influential and widely-cited decision Meta-Film Assocs v. MCA.
Forum Selection Clause Blows Case West of the Windy CityGeorge Desh
While 2Pac may have had California love and Tony Bennet left his heart in San Francisco, Windy City Rehab television personality Donovan Eckhardt hoped to keep his recently-filed suit in Illinois.
Court Dismisses Roy Moore’s Claims Against Sacha Baron Cohen SatireCarl Mazurek
Judge Cronan of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment of defendants Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime, and ViacomCBS, dismissing with prejudice the defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud claims brought against them by Roy and Kayla Moore. Moore v. Cohen.
Alan Dershowitz’s Libel Suit Against CNN Survives Motion to DismissAmanda Levine
Judge Singhal's decision has potentially far-reaching implications for media organizations reporting on issues of public concern.
Preferred Pronouns and Compelled SpeechRoss Ufberg
Forcing a professor to refer to a transgender student using the student’s preferred pronoun, when that professor has strongly and sincerely held religious beliefs which counsel otherwise, is a plausible violation of First Amendment free speech rights, the 6th Circuit ruled earlier this year.