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June 2018

MediaLawLetter May 2018


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: September Media Law Conference
Michael Avenatti, Hustler v. Falwell, Trump and Juries, Journalism Jeopardy Returns and More

2018 MLRC Digital Conference Focuses on Political Blowback Against Tech Companies

10 Questions to a Media Lawyer: Stephanie Abrutyn


Minn. App.: Jury Verdict for Minnesota Media Reinstated
Larson v. Gannett

Texas Supreme Court: “Cabins” Implied Defamation
Summary Judgment Reinstated in Suit Over Column That Disclosed a Suicide After Misleading Obituary
Dallas Morning News v. Tatum

N.Y. Sup.: Publication of Trump Dossier May be Protected by Fair Report Privilege
BuzzFeed Alleged Facts That Dossier Was Part of an Official Proceeding
Fridman v. BuzzFeed

N.J. High Court Issues Online Republication Standard
Material and Substantive Change to Original Article Required
Petro-Lubricant Testing Laboratories, Inc. v. Adelman

S.D.N.Y.: Sarah Palin Asks Second Circuit to Reinstate Libel Suit Over NYT Editorial
Appeal Challenges Unusual Iqbal Hearing Conducted by Judge Rakoff
Palin v. The New York Times Company


Fifth Circuit Suggests Local Rules Limiting Post-Trial Contact with Jurors May Be Unconstitutional
Benson v. Tyson Foods, Inc.

N.C. Super.: North Carolina Court Orders Release of Police Recordings in Beating Incident
Public Access “Necessary to Advance a Compelling Public Interest”
In the Matter of Custodial Law Enforcement Agency Recording


Mexican Journalist Seeking Asylum Is Granted New Hearing


S.D.N.Y.: Goldman v. Breitbart: Court Distinguished “Server Test” on Facts, But Punted on Case’s News Reporting Character
Goldman v. Breitbart

S.D.N.Y.: Court Compels Arbitration of Claims Arising Under Expired Licensing Agreement
Watson v. USA Today Sports Media Group, LLC


S.D.N.Y.: President Trump Violates First Amendment By Blocking Twitter Users, Judge Rules
Designated Public Forum Analysis Applied to Twitter Responses
Knight First Amendment Inst. at Columbia Univ. v. Trump