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January 2010

MediaLawLetter September 2010


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W.D. Wash.: Court Issues First Order Dismissing Claim Under Anti-SLAPP law
Invasion of Privacy and Misappropriation Charges Against Sicko Producers Dismissed
Aronson v. Dog Eat Dog Films, Inc.

N.Y. Sup.: Court Dismisses Doctor’s Libel Suit Against Daily News
But Declines to Extend Anti-SLAPP Statute to Media Defendants
Rubel v. Daily News, LP

D. Mass.: Documentary Filmmakers Prevail in Defamation Suit by Dominican Sugar Executives
Plaintiffs Held to Be Public Figures
Lluberes v. Uncommon Productions, LLC

N.Y. Sup.: Court Dismisses Claims Arising Out of Use of Photo in Comedy Film
Court Finds Release Bars Plaintiff’s Right of Publicity and Defamation Claims
Krupnik v. NBC Universal

9th Cir.: Court Dismisses Right of Publicity Claims Over UK Newspaper’s CD Promo
Token Sales Not Enough to Sustain Choice of US Law
Love v. Associated Newspapers, Ltd.

5th Cir.: Court Affirms Dismissal of Clemens’ Libel Suit Against Trainer
Finds a Lack of Minimum Contact with Texas
Clemens v. McNamee


D.C. Sup.: Judge Issues Prior Restraint Against Legal Newspaper
POM Wonderful Seeks – Then Dismisses – Injunction Against Publication of Info from Public Court Files
POM Wonderful v. ALM Media


NFL Sacked by the Sherman Antitrust Act
Merchandise Licensing Subject to Antitrust Law
American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League et al.

Court Upholds Statute Prohibiting “Material Support” to Terrorist Organizations
Content Based Prohibition Upheld
Holder, et al. v. Humanitarian Law Project, et al.


Other Side of the Pond: Developments in UK and European Law
Libel Reform, CFA’s, Phone Hacking Scandal, Super Injunctions, ECHR Updates

ECHR: Court Reaffirms Source Protection Materials May Not Be Seized Absent Prior Impartial Review
Dutch Law Found to Violate Journalists’ Right to Keep Source Identities Private
Sanoma Uitgevers B.V. v. The Netherlands

ECHR: Turkey Violated Convention By Failing to Protect Journalist’s Life and Freedom of Expression
States Have Positive Obligation to Protect Journalists
Dink v. Turkey


9th Cir.: Court Holds Tattooing Is Protected Expressive Activity
Hermosa Beach Ban on Tattoo Parlors Deemed Unconstitutional
Anderson v. Hermosa Beach


Under Pressure Craigslist Removes “Adult Services” Section
Acquiesces to Demands of State Attorneys General