On April 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision to allow a company that was suing a government agency to keep a negative report about one of its products out of a public electronic database to litigate its case in secret. Continue reading.
In a 5 to 4 decision, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 2, 2014 that limits on the total amount an individual can contribute to all federal political candidates, parties and committees violated the First Amendment. Continue reading.
On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down provisions of a 2010 Federal Communications Commission order, commonly known as “net neutrality” rules. Continue reading.
On Feb. 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission gave up its plan to go forward with a study of newsroom operations scheduled to begin this spring. Continue reading.
The United States Supreme Court decided on Jan. 27, 2014 that an airline could not be denied statutory immunity from a defamation suit without a determination that statements made by an airline employee to Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) officials about one of its pilots were materially false. Continue reading.
On Jan. 7, 2014, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia law required social reviewing website Yelp.com to reveal the identities of anonymous online reviewers to a business claiming it was defamed by the reviews. Continue reading.
Bloggers achieved a significant victory when the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held on Jan. 17, 2014 that the First Amendment protections in defamation lawsuits extend to bloggers. Continue reading.
Several recent incidents involving journalistic coverage of transgender people have presented questions about ways to ethically treat transgender subjects. Continue reading.
School shootings, such as those that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. in 1999, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (also known as “Virginia Tech”) in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in 2012, have led some reporters to test school security practices. Continue reading.
In the increasingly digitized media environment, advertisers have begun using new advertising formats in an attempt to get messages in front of consumers. Continue reading.
Two recent decisions by federal courts emphasize the copyright complications that can arise when media entities post visual content online. Continue reading.
Since the first leaks by former NSA contractor were reported in June 2013, all three branches of the U.S. government have faced ongoing questions regarding intelligence surveillance practices. Continue reading.
Leading defamation expert and Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Robert D. Sack said that the entire modern understanding of American defamation law has been built upon the United States Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964). Continue reading.