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Feb 5, 2016

Blogger Loses Libel Case, Owes $600,000

If bloggers and other social media posters need a reminder that they can be held accountable for their online musings, a $600,000 jury verdict against an online poster in Georgia is such an example.

Feb 1, 2016

Court Affirms Love's Win in "Twibel" Case

A California appeals court has affirmed singer Courtney Love's victory in a libel case brought by her former attorney over tweets sent by the singer.

Jan 15, 2016

Huckabee Campaign Claims Religious Use for "Rocky" Song

According to the Hollywood Reporter, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's lawyers are making a unique argument to defeat a copyright suit over his campaign's use of the song "Eye of the Tiger" at a rally last September: that it was a religious event.

Dec 15, 2015

Appeals Court Considers Love's Win in Twibel Case

On Dec. 14 the California Court of Appeals, Second District, heard an appeal by attorney Rhonda J. Holmes of her loss in a jury trial in January 2014 to singer Courtney Love over comments posted to Twitter.

Nov 30, 2015

Sullivan's Lawyer in Times Case Dies

The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser reports that Merton "Rod" Roland Nachman, the attorney who represented Montgomery city commissioner Lester B. Sullivan in the landmark case against The New York Times, has died at age 91.

Nov 13, 2015

Court isn’t crazy about Prince challenge to dancing baby

The Gateway Journalism Review has published my article on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' recent decision in a case involving a YouTube video of a baby dancing to Prince's song "Let Go Crazy." The article is available here.

Oct 12, 2015

Pot, Meet Kettle? Supreme Court Criticizes Judicial Internet Research

It has been shown both empirically and anecdotally that the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have conducted their own internet research in order to decide cases. But now that Court has criticized a Maryland appeals court for doing the same thing.

Sep 16, 2015

Another Criminal Libel Law Falls

The Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy blog reports that a Montana trial court has held that state's criminal libel law unconstitutional. This leaves only a dozen states with such statutes, even though their constitutionality is suspect.

Aug 26, 2015

Appellate Judges Argue Over Online Research

Along with ongoing issues regarding jurors researching cases online, a related question has been how appropriate it is for judges to do the same.

Online research by U.S. Supreme Court justices has been shown empirically and anecdotally, and there have been instances of lower court judges doing online research. Now, the judges of a federal circuit court have entered the controversy.