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December 2012

MediaLawLetter November 2012


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MLRC 2012 Annual Dinner
Andrea Mitchell, Alex Castellanos and Governor Edward Rendell Discuss Money, Messaging and the Media in the 2012 Presidential Campaign

MLRC Forum on Challenges of Digital Technologies on Television Business Models
Minutes from the MLRC Annual Meeting


U.S.: Cert. Petition Filed in Belfast Project Subpoena Case
Journalists Ask Supreme Court to Clarify Source Protection in Criminal Context
Moloney and McIntyre v. Holder

Fla. Cir.: Bartnicki Keeps Reporter off the Witness Stand in Florida
Journalist’s Privilege Applies to Testimony About the Transmission of an Unauthorized Recorded Conversation


9th Cir.: Ninth Circuit Grounds Chuck Yeager’s Publicity Claims Against Memorabilia Website
Claims Barred by Single Publication Rule; Sham Affidavit Rule
Yeager v. Bowlin

D. Minn.:  Minnesota Federal Court Applies Single Publication Rule to the Internet
Fringe Candidate’s Libel Suit Dismissed
Shepard v. TheHuffingtonPost.Com, Inc.

Pa. Super.: Two Different Pennsylvania Superior Court Panels, Two Very Different Results
Status of False Light Law in Disarray
Henderson v. Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.; Krajewski v. Gusoff

Ala. App.: Alabama Court Affirms Dismissal of Libel Claim over Broadcasts about Arrest
Failure to Allege Falsity Dooms Complaint
Jackson v. WAFF, LLC, and Huntsville Broadcasting Corp.

N.Y. App.:  Fair Report Privilege Protects Articles on Corporation’s Guilty Plea
Summary Judgment for Buffalo News Affirmed
Alf v. The Buffalo News, Inc.

M.D. Fla.  Court Refuses to Enjoin Gawker from Publishing Hulk Hogan Sex Tape
No Prior Restraint Where the “Cat is Out of the Bag”
Bollea v. Gawker Media, LLC


N.Y.: New York High Court Holds Government’s Promise of Confidentiality Trumps Public Interest in Disclosure of Historic Anti-Communist Records
Cert. Petition Pending to the U.S. Supreme Court
Matter of Harbatkin v. New York City Dept. of Records and Information Servs.


UK: Lord Leveson Issues Report on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press
Proposal for Press Regulation is Likely to Change Forever the UK Press

Canada: “Defamatory Libel” in Canada
Ottawa Restaurateur Given 90 Day Jail Sentence

UK/Europe: Other Side of the Pond: Update on UK and European Media Law Developments
Troubles at the BBC, Elton John Libel Case, Comic Wins Libel Trial, Contempt Reform and More


C.D. Cal.:  Court Denies Fox’s Motion For A Preliminary Injunction Enjoining Dish Network’s Commercial-Skipping DVR
Fox Broadcasting Co. Inc. v. Dish Network


FTC: Federal Trade Commission Recommends Best Practices for Using Facial Recognition Technology
Recommendations Focus on Protecting Consumer Privacy, While Promoting Innovation