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Media & Communications Law

1531 ABA Journal Media & Communications Law articles.

Law prof sues over New York law requiring bloggers and websites to address online hate speech

A blogging law professor is a plaintiff in a lawsuit claiming that a New York law pressures bloggers and websites to remove hate speech that is protected by the First Amendment.

More than $2M in sanctions sought against Gibson Dunn and Facebook

Plaintiffs are seeking more than $2 million in sanctions against Facebook and its lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after a federal judge said they engaged in “dilatory discovery conduct.”

Would Twitter get Section 230 immunity in lawsuits filed over fake tweets with blue check marks?

Plaintiffs lawyer Jay Edelson told Reuters that he is researching whether Twitter could be sued for giving blue check marks to fake accounts that misled consumers and corporate shareholders.

Meet Alex Spiro, a lawyer ‘in constant motion’ who is helping Elon Musk change Twitter

Alex Spiro—a lawyer with a celebrity client list—has become one of Tesla CEO and Twitter owner Elon Musk’s “closest lieutenants, confidants and consiglieres,” according to a profile.

Police create disproportionate amount of social media posts about Black suspects, study finds

In a study of about 14,000 Facebook pages maintained by law enforcement agencies, three law school professors found that posts about serious crimes overrepresented Black suspects by 25 percentage points compared to arrest rates.

‘Reply all’ in electronic communications can imply consent, new ABA ethics opinion says

Lawyers who copy their clients on emails and other forms of electronic communications when messaging a lawyer representing someone in the same matter have given implied consent to receiving a “reply all” response back from the recipient counsel, absent special circumstances, according to a new ethics opinion from the ABA.

Dechert faces new ‘hack-and-smear’ suit; plaintiff is fired Wall Street Journal reporter

A fired reporter from the Wall Street Journal has filed a lawsuit accusing Dechert of participating in a “hack-and-smear operation” that led to his firing and blackballing in the journalism community.

Boies Schiller hopes to use radio, social media to inform clients it is withdrawing from Chiquita litigation

Boies Schiller Flexner wants to withdraw from its representation of about 1,400 Colombian clients suing Chiquita Brands International for its alleged support of paramilitary violence.

Calls to defund SEC circulate on Trump’s social media platform

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is being targeted by critics on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump's social media platform, after a holdup in a merger with a special purpose acquisition company because of an SEC investigation.

Trump’s ‘big lie’ defamation suit against CNN says he shouldn’t have to show actual malice by network

Former President Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN alleging that the network has undertaken a “smear campaign” that maligns him “with a barrage of negative associations and innuendos.”

Supreme Court will consider social media liability for terrorist attacks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases that consider the liability of social media companies for content that relays terrorist propaganda and builds support for terrorist groups.

The metaverse and Web3 are all the rage, but the law is stuck at Web1

The metaverse and Web3, including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens and more, are evolving to become another Wild West technology frontier where existing laws are hard to apply, legal experts say.

Judge criticizes Gibson Dunn and Facebook for alleged effort to ‘obstruct and delay’ discovery

A federal judge wants additional briefing on the type of sanctions that he could consider against Facebook and its law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in multidistrict litigation alleging privacy violations by the social media platform.

Texas may enforce law banning social media from blocking users based on viewpoints, 5th Circuit says

A federal appeals court on Friday allowed Texas to enforce a law that generally bans large social media companies from restricting posts based on the viewpoint of the speaker.

Lawsuits against social media companies use product-liability theory to sidestep immunity law

Social media companies should be liable under product-liability law for designing their products in a way that addicts their users and causes other harms, according to a growing number of lawsuits.

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