Mar 24, 2015

A Little Sprucing Up

This blog is almost six years old now, and I thought it could use a facelift. So there's a new design, which still retains some of the old elements.


Feb 27, 2015

Love is No Brando, So Pinterest Libel Suit Proceeds

Courtney Love is no Marlon Brando, a California appeals court has ruled, so a lawsuit against her over postings on Pintrist and comments on the Howard Stern Show can proceed.

Feb 9, 2015

New SCOTUS Press Pass Policy: More of the Same

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its first formal guidelines for issuance of press passes, after its unwritten policies were questioned because of its refusal to issue a credential to SCOTUSBlog. But the new rules are not likely not help the website.

Jan 24, 2015

More Illicit Supreme Court Video

Still and video cameras are still officially not allowed in the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court, but for the second time in as many years a video has surfaced that was taken while the court was in session.

Jan 22, 2015

Jury Awards Damages for Communist Label

A California jury has awarded $4.5 million in libel damages to a Vietnamese-language newspaper whose CEO was called a communist and an agent of the Vietnamese government in a column in the competing Little Saigon News.

Jan 15, 2015

My Book Chapter on U.S. Social Media Law

My latest work, a chapter outlining American law regarding social media, has been published in the International Handbook of Social Media Laws (Bloomsbury 2014).

Jan 8, 2015

Yes, Bloggers Can Be Covered by Oregon's Shield Law

Back in late 2011, there was much hand-wringing over a decision by a federal judge in Oregon that a blogger could not invoke the state's reporters' shield law in a libel case against her because, in that particular situation, the blogger was not acting as a journalist.

Dec 23, 2014

NY Judge Allows Service By Online Post, But Then Goes Off the Grid

A New York state trial judge has allowed service of process via a posting to a web site where anonymous posters placed allegedly defamatory statements. This ruling comports with other New York courts' decisions allowing service of a class notice via e-mail and via a posting on Facebook.