Nov 15, 2019

South Carolina Appeals Court Ruling Outlines Libel Law Principles

My November column for the South Carolina Press Association:

On Nov. 6, a three-judge panel of the South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to the former owner of the Charleston City Paper in a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper over two editorial columns about a football team’s pre-game ritual that some considered racist. While the appellate court’s decision is not too surprising, it does illuminate several well-established principles of libel law in South Carolina that should be known by writers, journalists and editors here.

Nov 13, 2019

Video of Book Event at LSU

Video of the Nov. 13 event at LSU featuring my book is available at

I'm speaking at LSU on Nov. 13

On November 13, the Reilly Center will host Dr. Eric P. Robinson, an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Robinson’s book, Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law, examines the case that began with a political campaign ad in Louisiana and ended up changing American libel law forever. Dr. Robinson will moderate a panel of media law and political strategy authorities to discuss the effect of libel law on media operations and coverage of political campaigns as well as the implications of the St. Amant case locally and statewide.

Nov 11, 2019

On the Radio About My Book

This morning I was a guest on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster, speaking about libel in politics and my book, and previewing the Nov. 13 "How Far is Too Far? Libel Law in Political Campaigns"
event at Louisiana State University.  The conversation is archived at

Nov 5, 2019

I'll Be on Jim Engster's Show Nov. 11

In anticipation of the panel discussion at LSU stemming from my book, I am scheduled to be a guest on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9:40 a.m. Central time. The live stream is available at

Oct 21, 2019

Shoptalk: Can Anti-Trust Law Save Newspapers?

Editor & Publisher has published an updated version of a prior column for the South Carolina Press Association:

Sep 18, 2019

Are Newspaper Carriers Employees or Independent Contractors?

My new column for the South Carolina Press Association:

There have been several developments in recent weeks regarding classification of newspaper delivery people as employees or independent contractors, with implications for newspapers around the country.

Aug 21, 2019

Does your website violate the law?

My August column for the South Carolina Press Association:

When signing the Americans with Disability Act in late July 1990, President George H.W. Bush said that under the law “every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.”