Media & Communications Law

1404 ABA Journal articles on Media & Communications Law.

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…

Roy Moore’s lawyer threatens website with ‘utterly incoherent’ letter

The lawyer representing former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is being closely scrutinized as he tries to fend off accusations that the Republican U.S. Senate candidate had pursued inappropriate relationships…

DOJ says Trump’s tweets are official presidential statements
The Department of Justice on Monday told a federal district court judge In Washington, D.C. that Donald Trump’s tweets are “official statements of the President of the United States.”
Did David Boies push ethical boundaries with dual role for Weinstein and the New York Times?
Boies Schiller Flexner partner David Boies says he would never have signed a contract with an investigative agency had he known of the tactics it used in an effort to stop the New York Times and other journalists from publishing a story about sexual harassment by embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Could Trump pull NBC’s broadcast license? The First Amendment isn’t his only problem
President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted his displeasure with an NBC News report that said he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear warhead stockpile.
‘Fake news’ has anti-Semitic origins, says American Bar Foundation research professor

President Donald Trump has claimed that he coined the phrase “fake news,” but the term and the idea it represents are not new, according to an American Bar Foundation research…

Federal judge dismisses Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against the New York Times

A federal judge in Manhattan has rejected a defamation suit filed against the New York Times by former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

U.S. District Judge Jed…

Realign laws on evidence-gathering on the internet, Google GC says
For as long as we’ve had legal systems, prosecutors and police have needed to gather evidence. And for each new advance in communications, law enforcement has adapted.
What Trump can—and can’t—do to clamp down on the press
As a candidate, Donald Trump attacked what he called "fake news" from the mainstream media and vowed to fight for stricter libel laws. Now as president of the United States, what damage might he do to the press, and what legal options do journalists have available to them to defend their speech? And how might the administration fight the leaks to the media that appear daily?
Rosenstein denies any ‘fishing expeditions’ in Mueller probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a Sunday interview that special counsel Robert Mueller can investigate any crimes discovered in the scope of his probe, but “we don’t engage…

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