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December 2019

MediaLawLetter November 2019


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: Controversies at Top College Newspapers Point to Bizarre Journalistic Standards, Political Correctness Gone Awry
And a Federal Judge Encourages Colleagues to Aggressively Defend Against Trump’s Attacks
George Freeman

MLRC Annual Dinner Celebrates Women Journalists on the Campaign Trail
William J. Brennan Jr. Defense of Freedom Award Goes to “Besieged Journalists Abroad”

NYT’s Joseph Kahn on Maria Ressa

MLRC Forum Focuses on Technology in the Newsroom

MLRC 2019 Annual Meeting
New Board Member Elected; MLRC Projects and Events Reviewed


D. Md.: Planet Aid v. CIR: Lessons for Media Counsel in a Defamation Litigation
D. Victoria Baranetsky and Ethan Forrest

D.D.C.: Court Dismisses Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Defamation Suit Against HuffPost, Rolling Stone, and CNN With Prejudice
Elizabeth Baldridge

South Carolina Appeals Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Libel Case Over “Racist” Football Ritual
Eric Robinson

N.Y. Sup.: Release and Statute of Limitations Bar Claims for Invasion of Privacy, Fraud, and Unjust Enrichment
Cameron Stracher


S.D. Fla.: Court Rejects Colombian Journalist’s Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Series
Louis Petrich and Elizabeth Schilken


Second Circuit Rules for Facebook in Landmark Section 230 Immunity Case
Facebook Did Not Provide “Material Support” for Hamas
Jane Marie Russell

Colorado Federal Court’s Order Adopts Senator’s Agreement to Stop Social Media Blocking—and Pay Plaintiff
Ashley Kissinger


President Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Release of Tax Records
Claims Broad Immunity from State Criminal Prosecution While in Office
Raymond Baldino