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July 2017

MediaLawLetter June 2017


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
The Espionage Act Turns 100: Will Trump Use It Against Journalists?


Trademark Disparagement Clause Violates First Amendment
The More Things Change…
Matal v. Lee

Supreme Court Upholds First Amendment Right to Use Social Media
Court Issues Broad Statements in Support of Online Liberty
Packingham v. North Carolina


N.Y. Sup.: Court Grants Newspaper’s Motion For Directed Verdict In Trial Of Public Official’s Defamation By Implication Claim
Former Mayor Sued Community Newspaper
Hudson v. Times Herald Record, et al.

Minn. Dist.: Judge Upends Jury’s Defense Verdict for Minnesota Media
Grants New Trial on Whether Reporting Was Negligent and Damages
Larson v. Gannett Company, Inc.

E.D. Va.: Court Finds Gun Documentary Was Neither False Nor Defamatory
Dismisses Claims By Gun-Rights Advocates
Virginia Citizens Defense League et al. v. Couric, et al.

D.C. Cir.: Court Reverses Order Denying Summary Judgment to BNA
Mistake Did Not Constitute Sufficient Evidence of Actual Malice
Kahl v. Bureau of Nat’l Affairs, Inc.

Tex. App.: Court Delivers Defamation Victory to D Magazine in “Party Crasher” Case
Opinion, Hyperbole, Even “Extravagant Exaggeration” Protected by First Amendment
D Magazine et al. v. Reyes

MLRC Pre-Pub Committee LIVE
The Rolling Stone/UVA Case

Texas Supreme Court Rejects “Self-Publication Theory” of Defamation
Public Policy Concerns Weigh Against Recognition
Exxon Mobil Corp., et al. v. Rincones


N.J. Sup.: New Jersey Reporter and Newspaper Get Prior Restraint Dissolved
State v. Trentonian


Fla.: Pulse Nightclub – One Year After the Tragic Shooting Litigation Over 911 Calls Finally Comes to a Close