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When Confidential is Not Confidential - Identities of Confidential Sources of Distressed Debt Reporter are Not Subject to NY...

by Dechert LLP on

There is the general expectation that when a source discloses information to a reporter on a confidential basis, the source will be protected and their identity and communications cannot be forced to be disclosed. This is...more

Bankruptcy Bulletin Blamed for Blabbing Bondholders; New York Court Appoints Itself Arbiter of Who is “Legitimate Media”

by Bryan Cave on

We are all very used to (and very bored of) the on-going debate of what actually constitutes “the media” or “legitimate news.” In most instances, this sort of debate pits exclusive, Columbia-educated, “proper” journalists...more

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

by Brooks Pierce on

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

Movement Toward a National Press Shield Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Got Privilege? Wisconsin Shield Law Tested in Raw Milk Case

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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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