Media & Communications Law

1413 ABA Journal articles on Media & Communications Law.

More police departments move to encrypt police scanner communications

Police communications can be monitored on scanners purchased from electronics stores and apps that broadcast police communications from across the country.

Some listeners are criminals or police enthusiasts who race…

Appeals court stymies bid to regulate high cost of prison phone calls
After 14 years of pleas, the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 made a rule capping rates for in-state prison phone calls. But the affected telecommunications companies sued—and in June 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed them a victory. The court said the FCC overstepped its statutory authority when it regulated in-state calls, and that the way it set the rates was “hard to fathom.”
Ex-Playboy model settles suit claiming faulty lawyering nixed her deal to remain silent on Trump

A former Playboy model reached a settlement with the publisher of the National Enquirer on Wednesday allowing her to go public with allegations of an affair in 2006 with President…

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen withdraws defamation suits over Russia dossier

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has withdrawn defamation lawsuits against the company that created the Russia dossier and the website that published it.

Cohen’s lawyer, David Schwartz, said…

‘Right to be forgotten’ can apply to criminals: UK high court rules against Google
The “right to be forgotten” notched a win in the High Court of England and Wales, requiring Google to delist references to a businessman’s criminal history.
Former law student obtains $6.45M judgment in revenge porn case
A former law student in California has obtained a $6.45 million default judgment against a former boyfriend accused of posting her intimate photos after their breakup.
Parents of slain DNC staffer sue Fox News for alleged distress caused by retracted WikiLeaks story
The parents of a murdered staffer for the Democratic National Committee have filed a suit against Fox News that claims a false story about their son intentionally exploited their tragedy and caused them significant emotional distress.
Ethics opinion stresses lawyers’ duty of confidentiality when blogging
Lawyers should be mindful of the duty of confidentiality when they engage in public commentary, including blogging and other online postings, according to an ethics opinion from the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Coal company accuses judge of ‘flagrant disregard of the law’ for siding with John Oliver

A state court judge has decided to dismiss a defamation suit filed against John Oliver over a satirical segment on the cable television program Last Week Tonight that criticized a…

Not all private social media photos are subject to discovery, but some may be, says New York court
In a personal injury lawsuit involving a horse riding accident, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that Facebook photos the plaintiff set as private are discoverable.
Judge: Kushner company must reveal identities of real estate partners

A federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday that Jared Kushner’s family real estate company could not keep secret the identities of its partners in Baltimore-area apartment complexes that are…

Federal court tosses judge’s suit against sheriff who investigated her for releasing courtroom video

A federal judge in Michigan has dismissed a retaliation lawsuit filed by a state court judge against the sheriff who sought to charge her for releasing a courtroom video showing…

Trump’s lawyer sends letter demanding publisher halt release of unflattering book
Updated: A prominent libel lawyer representing President Donald Trump has fired off cease-and-desist letters in an attempt to stop the scheduled release of an unflattering book on the president's administration, and to stifle Steve Bannon, Trump's former strategist whose derogatory comments in the book have infuriated the president.
Offshore law firm sues 2 UK-based news outlets for reporting on ‘Paradise Papers’

Offshore law firm Appleby has sued the BBC and the Guardian for their reports on documents taken in a data breach.

Appleby wants a permanent injunction to prevent further use…

Justice Department sues to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner; Trump tweets may factor in case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed an antitrust suit seeking to block AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

The suit points out that AT&T’s DirecTV is the nation’s…

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