United States: Media and Law Round Up – January 2020

24 01 2020

In the Indiana Commercial Court a jury had awarded a doctor $4.75m following her claims that she was wrongly accused of having alcohol on her breath while on duty. Dr Rebecca Denman was awarded the sum following a defamation lawsuit against St. Vincent Carmel Hospital and St. Vincent Carmel Medical Group Inc. The Indiana Business Journal reports as does the Indiana Lawyer. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The case of the “pedo guy” tweet: Elon Musk is successful in his defence – Suneet Sharma

8 12 2019

On Friday 6 December 2019, a US District Court jury returned a verdict in favour of Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a $190 million libel case brought by British cave diver, Vernon Unsworth. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Monthly Round Up – 6 October 2019

6 12 2019

Welcome to INFORRM’s US Monthly Round Up which we have decided to revive for the benefit of our readers. Posts will consider monthly developments in media law across the United States. We hope readers find this useful. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Is Assange Entitled to Full First Amendment Protection? – James C Goodale

10 11 2019

At a recent panel discussion at Columbia University on Press Freedom, National Security and Whistleblowers, at which the case of Julian Assange was discussed, no one on the panel mentioned the application of the First Amendment to the defense of Julian Assange. Rather, members of the panel effectively suggested his actions could be judged by a public interest or public concern standard. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The legal basis of $170m fine on Google for YouTube’s infringement of children’s privacy – Eoin O’Dell

19 09 2019

The media was recently full of stories that Google had been “Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube” (that’s a headline from the New York Times; see also, for example, NPR | BBC | RTÉ | Silicon Republic). In this post, I want to sketch the legal background to, and consequences of, this fine; and, at the end, I will say a few words about the equivalent position in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »





How much is your data worth to tech companies? US Lawmakers want to tell you, but it’s not that easy to calculate – Samuel Lengen

16 07 2019

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Appeals court rules against Trump blocking critics on Twitter – Clay Calvert

14 07 2019

A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. Read the rest of this entry »





Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment – Ofer Raban

30 05 2019

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »





Prescription for journalists from journalists: Less time studying Twitter, more time studying math – John P. Wihbey

5 05 2019

File 20190430 136781 u6qok1.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1You hear a lot of heated claims and baseless generalities these days about what’s wrong with the news media. What’s seldom heard is what the underlying data indicate about true problem areas and where journalists need to improve. Read the rest of this entry »





Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind – Thomas Holt

3 02 2019

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France made headlines on 21 January 2019 for fining Google US$57 million – the first large fine to be issued for violations of the European Union’s newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR, as it’s called, is meant to ensure consumers’ personal information is appropriately used and protected by companies. It also creates procedures to sanction companies who misuse information. Read the rest of this entry »