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October 2016

MediaLawLetter September 2016


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
Media Law Family Feud and Other Highlights of the 2016 Virginia Conference

In Memorium: Southwest Florida Media Lawyer Steven W. Carta (1945-2016)


W.D. Okla.: No Harm, No Foul, Sayeth the Court––Despite What the Jury Said
Plaintiff Loses When It Can’t Prove Damages Under Oklahoma Law
Choctaw Town Square, LLC v. KOKH

W.D. Va.: Rolling Stone to Face Defamation Trial Over “Rape on Campus” Article
Plaintiff Produced Sufficient Evidence of Actual Malice
Eramo v. Rolling Stone

N.Y. App.: Misappropriation Claims Over Grand Theft Auto Dismissed on Appeal
New York Misappropriation Law Does Not Extend to Videogames
Lohan /Gravano v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

N.D. Ill.: Class Action Right of Publicity Suit Against AAVO Dismissed
Online Attorney Profiles Not Commercial Use
Vrdolyak v. Avvo


FAA Waivers Allow for Greater Newsgathering Opportunities with Drones


9th Cir.: Court Affirms Yelp’s CDA Immunity for a User’s Negative Review
Court Rebukes Plaintiff’s Creative Pleading to Avoid Sec. 230
Kimzey v. Yelp! Inc.


Fla. App.:  Judge Erred In Sequestering Reporter Without Prior Notice And Showing Of Relevancy
First Florida Case in 40 Years to Address Sequestration of Reporters
Palm Beach Newspapers, LLC v. Colin


Nexstar-Media General Merger May Signal New DOJ Approach to Broadcast Television Mergers
Retransmission Fees, in Addition to Advertising, Examined