Skip to main content
January 2009

MediaLawLetter November 2009


pdf Download Publication


MLRC Annual Dinner
William J. Brennan Jr. Award to Vaclav Havel; Panel on Arts and Social Change

MLRC’s Annual DCS Meeting
DCS President and Committee Chairs Review Year and Plans for 2010


Ga. Sup. Ct.: Georgia Jury Returns Mixed Verdict In Libel-In-Fiction Case Involving The Novel, The Red Hat Club
$100,000 Award on Libel Claim; Jury Rejects Privacy Claim
Stewart v. Smith

Fla. Cir. Ct.: Doctor Wins $10.1 Million Jury Verdict in Florida Libel Trial
Newspaper Reported That MD Was Being Investigated for Sexual Harassment, Misuse of Money
Kennedy v. Times Publishing Co.

Pa.: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Vacates $3.5 Million Judgment Due to Appearance of Impropriety By Judges
Judge Who Presided Over Bench Trial Facing Corruption Charges
Joseph v. Scranton Times

2nd Cir.: Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Three Lawsuits Over Borat Movie
Releases Bar Fraudulent Inducement and Related Claims
Psenicska v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, et al.

Colo. App.: Libel and Emotional Distress Claims Reinstated Against Korean Language Newspaper
Court Analyzes Per Se / Per Quod Distinction; Divided Decision on Outrageous Conduct
Lee v. Colorado Times

NY Sup. Ct.: No Republication from Links and Kindle
Kindle Version a Delayed Circulation of Original Book Edition
Haefner v. New York Media

Ill. Cir. Ct.: Libel, False Light and Distress Claims Against Illinois TV Station Dismissed
Innocent Construction, Fair Report, Pleading Requirement Grounds for Dismissal
Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., d/b/a WCIA 3 News v. Reddy

M.D. Fla.: $90,000 Verdict for Libelous Blog Postings About Lawyer
Post-Trial Injunction Bars Defendant from Repeating Libelous Statements
Saadi v. Maroun

E.D.N.Y.: Gross Negligence Lawsuit Against Business Magazine Dismissed
Company on Magazine’s “Hot 100” List Busted as Ponzi Scheme
Abraham v. Entrepreneur Media, Inc.


N.D. Ill.: Public Nuisance Complaint Against Craigslist Dismissed
Section 230 Bars Claim Over Prostitution Ads on Website
Dart v. Craigslist


Ill. Cir. Ct.: Court Applies Reporter’s Privilege To Notes, Drafts, Peer Review Of Scientific Research Article
Cagney v. Johnson & Johnson et al.


2nd Cir.: Appeals Court Affirms Censorship of Valerie Plame Wilson Memoir
Concurring Judge Faults Majority for“Blinking Reality”; Petition for Rehearing Planned
Plame v. CIA

Ariz.: Arizona Supreme Court Holds “Metadata” Subject to Public Records Law
Records Must Be Provided in Electronic Format Upon Request
Lake v. City of Phoenix

M.D. Ga.: Reporter Barred From Tweeting Criminal Trial
Federal Ban on “Broadcasting” Extends to Twitter
U.S. v. Shelnutt


2nd Cir.: Court Affirms Jury Verdict For The New York Times In Freelancer Copyright Case
Jury Held Use of Photos on Website Was Permissible Revision
Dallal v. New York Times Company


UK: Other Side of the Pond: Update on UK Media Law Developments
Super Injunctions, Libel Reform Proposals, Defamation Statistics


Ethical Environments
ABA Model Rules 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3