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December 2016

MediaLawLetter November 2016


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: MLRC in the Era of Trump
Dinner, Forum Gleam on Maudlin Day After;  Media Lawyers Meet to Gird for Access Issues Ahead

Journalism Experts Debate Media Challenges Covering Trump Campaign
MLRC’s November 9th Forum Now Available as a Podcast

MLRC Dinner Addresses Tension Between National Security and Independent Press


Minn. Dist.: Minnesota Television Station and Newspaper Win Libel Trial
Plaintiff Sued After Being Named a Murder Suspect
Larson v. KARE-TV and the St. Cloud Times

3d Cir.: Who’s Your Daddy?:  Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of “Son of a Nazi” Libel Claim
No Claim for Defamation by Association
Soobzokov v. Lichtblau

7th Cir.: Court Reinstates Libel Claim vs. Gawker Over User Comment
Plaintiff Alleged Gawker Created Defamatory Comments
Huon v. Denton

Ga. Super.: Reporter’s Claim That Veteran Lied About Purple Heart Not Actual Malice
Court Notes Reporter’s Extensive Investigation
Ladner v. New World Communications of Atlanta, Inc.

Tex. App.:  Court Addresses “Clear and Specific Evidence” Requirement in State Anti-SLAPP Law
General Allegations Fail to Satisfy Texas Law
Vander-Plas v. May


From the Next Gen Committee: Please, Don’t Leave a Message After the Beep
Pocket Dialing Update

Maryland High Court Holds Vanity License Plates Are Nonpublic Forums
Plates Subject To Reasonable and Viewpoint Neutral Restrictions
Mitchell v. Maryland Motor Vehicle Admin.


Colo. Dist.: Court Applies First Amendment Protections in Criminal Case Involving Juvenile
Helpful Precedent for Access to Juvenile Proceedings and Criminal Case Files
People v. Collins


N.J. Super.: Court Orders Town to Release Memo on Social Media Policy
Public Use of Governmental Facebook Page May Implicate First Amendment
Lord v. City of Trenton