Guest column from staff attorney Mike Norwick on the inner workings of the recent Legal Frontiers in Digital Media conference.
For many victims inspired to come forward as part of the #MeToo movement, the relief and liberation of telling their stories is followed by a retaliatory defamation suit.
Unless New York’s recently amended anti-SLAPP statute applies, the ruling clears a pathway for Dr. Luke to prevail at trial on his claim that Kesha defamed him by falsely accusing the producer of abuse and rape.
Judge Maze set the table for what remains of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s two defamation suits—one against political action committees that ran ads against Moore’s candidacy in Alabama’s 2017 special election, and one against the Washington Examiner and several of its editors and columnists—for calling Moore a “pedophile” and a “child molester.”
Two recent Connecticut Appellate Court decisions based on The Hartford Courant’s reporting on a local lawyer’s professional sanctions affirmed the strength of the fair report privilege as a defense to a defamation claim under Connecticut law and also represented the first appellate case decided under the state’s relatively new Anti-SLAPP law.
The court granted the motion, holding not only that the article was substantially true and privileged, but also that the amended anti-SLAPP legislation required dismissal and attorney’s fees.
The court concluded that Loomer’s Complaint was “precisely the type of harassing lawsuit condemned by” the anti-SLAPP statute.
With the Governor's signature, Washington has become the first state to enact the Uniform Act adopted by the Uniform Law Commission in July 2020.
Petty Tyrants, Dethroned: Michigan Court Dismisses Frivolous Lawsuit by City Officials Against Their Constituents Over Social Media CriticismsBrian D. Wassom
If ever there were a case that called out for an Anti-SLAPP statute, it would be this one.
The decision, which involves the question of whether peer-to-peer vehicle marketplace Turo is immunized by § 230 from liability for users’ unauthorized activity at Boston’s Logan Airport, is the first significant ruling from Massachusetts’ high court on the scope of § 230’s protection.
The Opinion, authored by Justice Kavanaugh, upheld the FCC’s 2017 Order as “reasonable and reasonably explained” under the statutory standard governing agency decision-making set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act.
The Second Circuit affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a copyright infringement lawsuit on fair use grounds
Talk to the Hand: Michigan Copyright and Trademark Lawsuit Over Similar Hand Gesture Images Clapped BackBrian D. Wassom
This lawsuit vindicates the maxim that “no good deed goes unpunished,” but the outcome provides some encouragement for those using advertising images that are minor variations on common themes.
This ruling appears to be the first federal court decision to recognize a First Amendment right to record judicial proceedings in any circumstance.