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Bob Latham Speaks: Experienced Journalists Needed

It has been said that everyone likes to make fun of lawyers – until they need one. The same might be said for another group of oft-criticized professionals: journalists. And in a world where information is available from so...more

The Reporter's Privilege: Where Does The Proposed Federal Shield Law Stand And What Impact Would It Have?

The right of journalists to refuse to testify regarding information or sources obtained as part of the news-gathering process, known as the reporter’s privilege, has been recognized by 49 of the 50 states and the District of...more

Does The First Amendment Allow Journalists To Lie To Their Subjects? U.S. Senator Accuses Documentary Film Makers Of Fraud

On April 1, 2014, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin issued a press release accusing Adroit Films of fraud. Manchin had agreed to be interviewed by the media company for a documentary about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster,...more

New York’s Shield Law Follows New York Reporters Wherever They May Roam

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals resoundingly reaffirmed the important public policy underlying the New York statutory scheme that allows New York journalists to preserve the anonymity of their confidential...more

Press regulation Royal Charter approved by the Queen after Court of Appeal rejects newspapers’ attempts to block its sanction.

A Royal Charter (the “Charter“) representing a landmark reform of press regulation was approved by the Queen on 30 October 2013. The Charter, agreed by the three main political parties, was sealed by the Privy Council in a...more

New California Law Protects Journalist’ Records Held By Third Parties

Journalists in California must now receive advanced notice if their records are being subpoenaed either directly from them or through a subpoena issued to a third party. California’s new law—an amendment to California Civil...more

Neely v. Wilson and the Third-Party Allegation Rule

For the past two decades since the Texas Supreme Court's decision in McIlvain v. Jacobs, 794 S.W.2d 14, 16 (Tex. 1990), Texas appellate courts and the Fifth Circuit have repeatedly held that journalists are insulated from...more

Movement Toward a National Press Shield Law

Two proposed bills would provide additional protection not only to reporters, but also to their sources. Any company spokesperson or defense lawyer who speaks to a reporter has a modest vested interest in the passage of the...more

Media Ownership and the Impact on the Bottom Line

Should a chief marketing officer care who owns the media company he and his PR reps pitch story ideas to?...more

DOJ Leak Investigations Raise First Amendment Concerns

Many journalists, constitutional lawyers, and plain old average Americans have expressed alarm at recent revelations about the Obama Administration’s “unprecedented number of leak investigations.”...more

Egypt's Verdict for NGO Workers- Guilty

Readers of this blog know that one of the stories we've been following has been the plight of the non-governmental workers who were charged with crimes related to their journalistic activities in Egypt. ...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - May 3, 2013

- Cariou v. Prince, USCA Second Circuit, April 25, 2013 - Second Circuit reverses summary judgment in favor of photographer on his infringement claims against well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince, holding...more

Journalist Who Changed How SCOTUS Is Covered [Video]

April 5 (Bloomberg) -- New York Times reporter and columnist Anthony Lewis died last month. He was 85. Many consider the two-time Pulitzer winner to have transformed the way journalists cover the Supreme Court, making complex...more

In Clapper v. Amnesty International, Supreme Court Dismisses Privacy Suit for Lack of Article III Standing: Poses a Clear and...

In 2008, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was amended, broadening the surveillance powers of the federal government with respect to communications outside of the United States. In Clapper v. Amnesty...more

Consenting Adults: D.C. Circuit Tells Press To Stay Out Of SEC-AIG Relationship

What happens between a mature multinational insurance corporation and its regulator is nobody’s business, or so says the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which issued an opinion in SEC v. AIG on February...more

Florida Judge Quashes Subpoena in Political Taping Case

In a criminal case arising from the secret recording of a private conversation, Florida prosecutors issued a subpoena to compel a news reporter to testify in a case against a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. The...more

Got Privilege? Wisconsin Shield Law Tested in Raw Milk Case

In the first-known application of Wisconsin's two-year-old shield law, Judge Guy Reynolds of the Sauk County Circuit Court refused a request by the state's Department of Justice to issue subpoenas to three journalists who...more

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