Media & Communications Law

1477 ABA Journal Media & Communications Law articles.

Netflix’s ‘Trial by Media’ could help expose problems inherent in pretrial publicity

I went to law school to become a criminal defense attorney. I wasn’t a punk kid, but I had…

Afternoon Briefs: Boston Marathon bomber wins death penalty appeal; what’s in the GOP coronavirus bill?

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

Afternoon Briefs: 2 BigLaw firms have no Black partners; judge finishes backlog of civil case motions

These BigLaw firms have no Black partners

Two of the country’s top law firms stand out for the wrong reason—they have no Black partners. The firms are Cravath, Swaine &…

Afternoon briefs: TRO lifted against Mary Trump publisher; Jeffrey Epstein associate arrested

Appeals court lifts TRO against Mary Trump publisher

A New York appeals court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order that blocked Simon & Schuster from publishing a tell-all book…

Twitter dismissed from Rep. Devin Nunes’ defamation suit over parody accounts
A Virginia judge has dismissed Twitter from a $250 million defamation suit filed by Republican California congressman Devin Nunes that targeted parody accounts claiming to be written by Nunes’ mother and a cow.
The new world of litigating workplace disputes with social media

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way we communicate, receive news and stay connected in our personal lives. But social media is a headache, once we consider legal and compliance best practices when such interactions in the workplace go awry.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump signs policing order; rogue worker tweets from court’s Twitter account

Trump signs executive order encouraging chokehold limits

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that encourages better policing practices. The order allocates discretionary grants to police departments that seek…

Legal experts question legitimacy of Trump’s order limiting social media platforms
Legal experts are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s move to curtail protections for social media, expressing skepticism that it would actually be enforced or survive judicial scrutiny.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump order limits social media protections; Texas court curbs mail-in ballots

Trump order seeks to curtail legal protections for social media

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that seeks to reinterpret the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from…

Afternoon Briefs: Judge orders shelter for homeless people; state must release execution drug info

Judge orders LA to find shelter for homeless near freeways

On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered the county and city of Los Angeles to find shelter for…

Lawsuit claims sheriff threatened to arrest teen if she didn’t delete COVID-19 social media posts
The parents of a 16-year-old Wisconsin girl have filed a lawsuit claiming that the Marquette County sheriff threatened to arrest the teen and her parents if she didn’t delete social media posts that read that she had COVID-19.
Lawyer sues over social media posts claiming he made racist remarks in social distancing tiff
A Philadelphia lawyer has filed a defamation suit against a jogger and her cousin over their posts on social media about a confrontation over social distancing.
Afternoon Briefs: Harvard Law prof drops ‘clickbait defamation’ suit; Trump campaign sues TV station over ad

Law prof drops ‘clickbait defamation’ suit after edits

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has dropped his “clickbait defamation” lawsuit against the New York Times after the newspaper changed part of…

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS Comcast case is a serious loss for civil rights

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on March 23 in Comcast v. National Association of African American Owned Media is a significant setback for civil rights plaintiffs. Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky explains what the case did and why it matters.

Afternoon Briefs: Athletes aim for law school; lawsuits target Zoom over Facebook sharing

Pro basketball players shoot for law school

Imani McGee-Stafford, a center with the Dallas Wings, is leaving the basketball court and headed to the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.…

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