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Supreme Court Update: Bosse V. Oklahoma (15-9173) And Order List

Greetings, Court Fans! Fresh from a three-day weekend, the Court made short work yesterday of its first decision of the term, a per curiam summary reversal in Bosse v. Oklahoma (15-9173). Though the case touched upon an...more

John Edwards argues before the Texas Supreme Court on important libel case that started in 2003

Houston partner John K. Edwards recently argued before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County...more

Student Athletes Fight to Keep Fantasy Sports-Related Right of Publicity Claims Alive

Last week, the plaintiff collegiate athletes in a putative class action lawsuit pending in the Southern District Court of Indiana filed their opposition to FanDuel and DraftKings’ respective motions to dismiss. The...more

Third Circuit Finds Photo Placement Sufficient to Permit Defamation, False Light Claims to Go Forward in Suit Alleging Harm from...

In a case demonstrating the difficulties of applying long-established but arguably outdated legal principles to modern technology, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week reversed itself to permit a...more

Sex and the Stock Photo*

Despite the high heat of summer, two federal courts have blown a chill wind through the law of online defamation. The courts gave the green light to libel suits over alleged implications from stock or file photos illustrating...more

Non-Party Yelp Ordered to Remove Defamatory Reviews

In 2012, attorney Dawn Hassell represented Ava Bird for a period of 25 days related to a personal injury she suffered. Bird expressed dissatisfaction with the representation and Hassell withdrew from the representation....more

Is the Jury Out on Whether the Jury can be Brought Back In?

The jury renders its verdict. No party objects. The judge thanks the jury for its service, discharges them, and tells them they are free to go. The jury exits, but there’s one problem: the jury’s verdict is internally...more

Brodeur v. Atlas Entertainment Inc. - Calif. Appeal Court, 2nd Dist., Div. 8, June 6, 2016

Appellate court reverses denial of anti-SLAPP motion brought by producers and distributors of “American Hustle,” holding that film dialogue regarding environmental author’s statement about microwave ovens was in connection...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 9, 2016: - Dietz v. Bouldin, No. 15-458: An automobile accident case went to a jury trial in federal district court. Respondent Hillary...more

Supreme Court Decides Simmons v. Himmelreich

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15–109, holding that the judgment-bar provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not apply to claims dismissed for falling...more

Convicted Felon’s Defamation Suit Triggers Multiple Anti-SLAPP Motions

In late March, David Pitts filed suit against two local television stations (Channels 4 and 7), their parent companies, and Patch Media, which runs hyperlocal websites. According to the Superior Court Complaint, Pitts was...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Texas Supreme Court Opinions Firm Up Anti-SLAPP Rights For Online Journalists

Online journalists and scholars from the Americas and around the globe recently gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to assess the state of internet-based journalism. The keynote address of the 16th annual...more

No General Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Firms Registering to Do Business in Delaware

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled yesterday that out-of-state corporations no longer would be subject to general personal jurisdiction in Delaware merely because they had registered to do business in Delaware. In making that...more

DC Court of Appeals Affirms February 2012 Denial of Anti-SLAPP Motion in Newmyer v. Huntington

Waaaaaaay back in early 2012, after a defendant (Huntington) filed a counterclaim against a plaintiff (Newmyer) for defamation, false light and related torts, Newmyer responded by filing an anti-SLAPP motion. Newmyer’s...more

Second Circuit Decision Creates Circuit Split and Could Impact Pending DC Appeal

An important decision issued by the Second Circuit last week adds to the growing dissonance among the federal circuits on anti-SLAPP motions.  The ruling could impact a case pending before the DC Court of Appeals, and creates...more

Rosa Parks Name and Likeness Free for Use? (Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development v. Target Corp.)

Addressing the balance between privacy rights and matters of public interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint, holding that the defendant...more

Ninth Circuit Finds First Amendment Protects Against Right Of Publicity Claim Involving Film “The Hurt Locker”

The Ninth Circuit has confirmed that right of publicity claims purporting to arise from expressive works, like films, are content-based restrictions on speech that are presumptively unconstitutional, and generally should not...more

Sarver v. Chartier (USCA, Ninth Circuit, February 17, 2016 )

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s dismissal of Army sergeant’s lawsuit alleging that main character in film “The Hurt Locker” was based on his experiences without his consent, holding that film spoke to issues of public...more

US Second Circuit: a foreign corporation’s in-state activities and registration are insufficient to exercise general jurisdiction...

A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit attempts to resolve what it describes as “a nettlesome and increasingly contentious question” concerning the ability of courts to exercise general jurisdiction...more

The Question Remains Unanswered: Tennessee Supreme Court Rules that Ripeness Doctrine Precludes a Decision on the...

Commonly known as “Tort Reform,” the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 (the Act”), Tenn. Code Ann. 29-39-101 et seq., limits the amount an injured plaintiff may recover for non-economic damages to a cap of $750,000 (except...more

Massachusetts Court: Patients Have Standing to Sue for Data Breach Based on Data Exposure Alone

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge held that a plaintiff has standing to sue for money damages based on the mere exposure of plaintiff’s private information in an alleged data breach. The court concluded that the plaintiff...more

Second Circuit Tells Public Figures Suing For Defamation: We Need Plausible Factual Allegations Of Actual Malice

In Biro v. Condé Nast, et al., the Second Circuit recently determined that, in a defamation action, limited-purpose public figures must plead in a “plausible way” that the defendants acted with actual malice, citing Federal...more

The Third Circuit Gives the Green Light to RICO Plaintiffs Seeking to Recover Payments for Prescription Drugs

This week, the Third Circuit altered the legal landscape for civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claims against pharmaceutical companies. The ruling in In re Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices &...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Upholds Health Care Affidavit Statute for Medical Malpractice Claims

Lang v. Goldsworthy, 2015 WL 5936587 (Mo.banc. October 13, 2015) The Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a trial court’s decision to dismiss a wrongful death action premised on medical malpractice because the...more

So Much for A Contingency Plan: Can the Florida Legislature Abrogate an Attorney’s Contingency Fee in Tort Claims Against the...

Like many states, Florida has only partially waived its sovereign immunity by statute. Thus, a plaintiff’s recovery against the state is generally limited to no more than $200,000 per incident. This statutory cap, however,...more

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