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November 2011

MediaLawLetter October 2011


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Virgin Islands Supreme Court Issues Its First Opinion Addressing Defamation Law
Affirms Directed Verdict In Favor Of Newspaper
Kendall v. Daily News Publ’g Co.

Florida Appeals Court Affirms JNOV Throwing Out $10.1 Million Libel Award
Trial Court Found “Insufficient Proof” to Sustain Judgment for Public Official
Kennedy v. Times Publ. Co.

Neb. Dist.: Directed Verdict for Daily Nebraskan in Public Figure Libel Trial
Former University Regent Sued Over Editorial in Student Newspaper
Prokop v. The Daily Nebraskan

California Appeals Court Affirms Judgment for Korean Broadcaster
Allegation That School Is “Degree Factory” Protected Opinion
Yuin University v. Korean Broadcasting System


N.Y. Sup.: Section 230 Protects Financial News Website
Not Liable for Selecting Third Party Articles for Publication
Deer Consumer Products v. Little


Seventh Circuit Panel Hears Arguments in ACLU v. Alvarez
Judge Posner Concerned With “Snooping” by Reporters and Bloggers
ACLU v Alvarez


Tex. App.: Financial Newsletter Not Liable for Investor’s Losses
Newsletter Not Within Scope of Texas Securities Act

Murphy v. Reynolds


UK: Daily Mirror Wins Privacy Trial Over “Kiss ‘n’ Tell” Article about Footballer
Public Interest in Article about Team Captain’s Private Life

Ferdinand v MGN

UK: Delayed Libel Claim Struck Out as Abuse of Process
Court Strikes U.S. Casino Owner’s Suit

Adelson v.  Anderson

ECJ: Another Adwords Judgment from the European Court of Justice
Adwords not automatically an infringement

Interfora v. Marks & Spencer

Netherlands: Dutch Gangster Asks for Injunction Against Movie on Kidnapping of  Tycoon Alfred Heineken
Article 10 Trumps Privacy Claim

Holleeder v. IDTV


1st Cir.: Statutory Damages and Constitutional Limits
Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum

S.D.N.Y.: Copyright Suit Against Producers of Percy Jackson Movie Dismissed
No Substantial Similarity

DiTocco v. Riordan et al.


Fla. Cir.: Victory for The Florida Times-Union
Protects Journalist’s Privilege

Florida v. Susana


Idaho Dist.: Idaho Media Win Access to Dead Public Official’s Personnel File
Cooperation Between Adversaries, the Judiciary, and the Media

Regents of the University of Idaho v. TPC Holdings, Inc., et al.


Voice-Mail Hacking in the United States
Illegal, But Not Usually a Federal Felony