US Round Up: First Amendment and Media Law in the Courts, the Senate and on Campuses – Joseph Williams

29 11 2015

usa_mapThe major Supreme Court media law case heard in the October Term 2014 was Elonis v United States. The judgment [pdf] was handed down on 1 June 2015, and reversed and remanded the Third Circuit. The case is the first which the Supreme Court has heard on the question of speech on social media. Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The Police Department, the Blog and Defamation – Susan Brenner

7 11 2015

NHSupremeCt copyThis post examines an opinion the Supreme Court of New Hampshire recently issued in a civil case: McCarthy v. Manchester Police Department, 2015 WL 5559880 (2015). As usual, the court begins the opinion by explaining how, and why, the lawsuit arose. Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The Lawyer, Avvo and the Anonymous Review – Susan Brenner

13 09 2015

Courtroom,_United_States_Courthouse,_Sioux_City,_IowaThis post is about Deborah Thomson, a Florida attorney who “brought a defamation suit against Doe, an anonymous poster who wrote a negative review of Thomson on”  Thomson v. Doe, 2015 WL 4086923 (Court of Appeals of Washington 2015). Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The “Pocket Dial,” Wiretapping and a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy – Susan Brenner

31 07 2015

Pocket DialThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently issued an interesting opinion in a civil suit:  Huff v. Spaw, 2015 WL 4430466 (2015) [pdf]. The court began its opinion by explaining that “[t]his case requires us to consider whether a person who listens to and subsequently electronically records a conversation from an inadvertent `pocket-dial’ call violates Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. § 2510 et seq. (`Title III’).”   Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The Sheriff, Welfare Fraud and Defamation – Susan Brenner

14 07 2015

Sidney-ohio-courthouseThis post examines an opinion an Ohio court issued in a civil case:  Hughes v. Lenhart, 2015 WL 1138262 (Ohio Court of Appeals 2015).  The Court of Appeals begins its opinion by explaining how the case arose: Read the rest of this entry »

United States: “Outrage Tort” Privacy and the Geek Squad – Susan Brenner

20 06 2015

Tuscaloosa_Federal_Courthouse,_Tuscaloosa_(Tuscaloosa_County_,_Alabama)This post examines an opinion in which a U.S. District Court Judge ruled on cross-motions for summary judgment filed, respectively, by the plaintiff who brought the lawsuit and by the defendant:  March v. Best Buy Stores, Inc., 2015 WL 3467036 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama 2015). Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The Tattoos, Rap Lyrics, the First Amendment and Racketeering – Susan Brenner

13 06 2015

Melrosebx1On September 25, 2013, after a trial held in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Earl Pierce, Melvin Colon, and Joshua Meregildo were convicted of, among other things, conspiracy, racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses, and then appealed.  U.S. v. Pierce, 2015 WL 2166141 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit 2015). Read the rest of this entry »


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