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MediaLawLetter October 2010


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MLRC Presents First Amendment Leadership Award to Robin Bierstedt

MLRC Roundtable: The Roberts Court and the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams, Professor Joel Gora, Paul Smith Discuss First Amendment Cases of 2010-2011


Pa. CCP: Jury Returns Verdict in Favor of The Pocono Record in Libel Cases Over Investigative Series on Inflated Home Pricing
Newspaper Report Was True
Raintree Homes, Inc. v. The Pocono Record

D. Md.: Baltimore Federal Court Jury Awards 350K in Case of Misidentification
Newspaper Wrongly Identified Private Plaintiff as Federal Fugitive
Kafouros v. CEGW, Inc.

Cal. Sup.: California Newspaper Publisher Loses Private Figure Libel Trial
Jury Awards Plaintiff $332,500
Bohl vs. Hesperia Resorter

S.D.N.Y.: Jury Rejects Mayor’s Libel Claim Against Thorn-in-the-Side Newspaper
Newspaper Wins Big Damages for Seizure of Newspapers
Blassberg v. Amicone

Ill.: Three Appellate Court Interpret Illinois Anti-SLAPP Statute
Courts Give Broad Scope to New Statute
Shoreline Towers Condominium Association v. Gassman; Sandholm v. Kuecker; Wright Development Group v. Walsh

N.Y.: Highest Court Extends Its Defendant-Friendly Approach to Non-Media Republication Liability for Defamation Damages
Geraci v. Probst

S.D. Cir.: Court Denies Summary Judgment to Newspaper Over Parody Letter
Fake Apology Letter Could Have Been Understood As Real
Scott v. Beck and The Argus Leader

S.D.N.Y.: Court Dismisses Libel Claim Over Erroneous Newspaper Headline
Headline Should Not Be Read In Isolation
Triano v. Gannett Satellite Information Network; Marrone v. Gannett Satellite Information Network

Cal. App.: Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Public Official’s Defamation Case Against Hearst’s San Francisco Chronicle
Fair and True Report of Public Proceedings
Brooks v. San Francisco Chronicle

Cal. App.: Documentary Producer Wins Anti-SLAPP Dismissal on Appeal
Dance Documentary Matter of Public Concern
Krown Towers v. David La Chapelle Studio, Inc.

Cal. App.: Court of Appeal Grants Anti-SLAPP Protection to Medical Data Publisher
Hearst Wins Dismissal in Wrongful Death Case
Rivera v. First DataBank, Inc


7th Cir.: Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Complaint Over Yahoo! Search Results
Plaintiff Failed to State Trademark Claim
Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc.


S.D.N.Y.: NY Times Wins Access to Names of Persons Licensed to Trade in Sanctioned Nations
Newspaper Demonstrated Public Interest in Disclosure of Names
New York Times Company v. U.S. Dept. Treasury

Ky. Cir.: Kentucky Newspapers Win Access To Child Services Documents
Court Rejects HIPPA and Privacy Objections
Lexington Herald-Leader, The Courier Journal v. Kentucky

N.Y. Sup.: State University Research Foundation Subject to Freedom of Information Law
Research Foundation Collaterally Estopped from Arguing Not Subject to FOIL
The Hearst Corp., et al., v. The Research Found. of State Univ. of New York


ECHR: Conviction of Finnish Newspaper for Publishing Information About Extra-Marital Affair Violated Article 10
Public Interest Justified Newspaper Article and Photograph
Saaristo v. Finland