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April 2017

MediaLawLetter March 2017


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
Back to Basics: LA, Miami Conferences Delight; Digital Conference Upcoming

MLRC Miami Conference 2017
5th Annual Conference on Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media

Cuba After Castro by Adolfo Fernandez

Reporting on Immigration in the New Environment by Cathleen Farrell

Media Law for Journalists Workshop
MLRC Institute Program Provides Legal Guidance to Freelancers

Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer: Rick Kurnit


Cal. Super.: Jury Awards $1.1 Million in Libel Damages Against Cal Coast News
Article about Private Figure Businessman Published with Negligence
Tenborg v. Cal Coast News

Tex.: Supreme Court Affirms Denial of Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss in “Welfare Queen”Defamation Case
Court Cautions Against Reliance on Wikipedia in Determining Article’s Gist
D Magazine Partners v. Rosenthal

S.D. Tex.: Reality TV Suit Dismissed Under Anti-SLAPP Statute
Reality Show a Matter of Public Concern
Forsterling v. A&E Television Networks

D. Del.: Court Cuts Off Johnson in His Attempt to Assert Libel Claim
Libel and Privacy Claims Not Timely
Johnson v. Warner Bros.

M.D. Ga.: Lawsuit Over Ellen DeGeneres Segment Fails as a Matter of Law
Making Fun of Plaintiff’s Name Not Actionable
Pierce v. Warner Bros. Entertainment

Tex. App.: Texas Doctor’s Libel Suit Pronounced Dead by Appeals Court
Plaintiff Failed to Show Article Was Substantially False
Cox Media Group LLC v. Joselevitz

D. Mass.: Recent Cases Challenge Constitutionality of Massachusetts’ Wiretap Statute
Undercover Recordings Remain a Perilous Activity in the Commonwealth
Martin v. Evans; Project Veritas Action Fund v. Conley


Canadian Supreme Court to Address Jurisdiction in Online Defamation Case
Does Canada Have Jurisdiction Over Israeli Newspaper?
Leave Granted in Goldhar v.