United States: Media and Law Round Up – March 2020

19 03 2020

The US Congress is considering passing a Data Protection Bill in a bid to harmonise data protection regimes nationwide. BetaNews considers the implications and developments. There have also been calls for a US data protection agency to be established which a number of commentators have called for following Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s proposal for such legislation. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – February 2020

16 02 2020

Facebook has entered a $550m settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement comes following allegations that the social media giant’s photo-scanning technology violated Illinois privacy laws. The law, the Illinois Privacy Act 2008, was very strict in its adjudication of consumer privacy laws. The Guardian has coverage. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2019: a selection – Suneet Sharma

31 12 2019

Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2019.  Following my widely read posts on 2017 and 2018 defamation cases, this is my personal selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and the United States from the past year. Read the rest of this entry »





Vacation Round Up – 27 May 2019

27 05 2019

The Easter legal term ended on Friday 24 May 2019.  The Trinity Legal Term begins on Tuesday 4 June 2019.  Inforrm is, therefore, taking a “mini-break” but this round up will cover some of the news of the past week. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 25 March 2019 [Updated]

25 03 2019

This week saw the announcement of the dissolution of the long established media law set, 1 Brick Court, headed by Lord Garnier QC.  We had a post about this and there were also stories in the Law Society Gazette and on Legal Cheek. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 7 May 2018

7 05 2018

The press complaints body, IPSO, has announced a compulsory arbitration scheme to replace the current voluntary scheme which has not yet had any takers. The development was reported in the Press Gazette.  The new scheme was criticised in a post on Inforrm by Evan Harris and by Brian Cathcart on Byline. Read the rest of this entry »





Summer Round Up, Research and Resources

28 08 2017

The past month has produced a number of articles on media and legal issues which may be of interest to readers of Inforrm. We list these under five headings:  Freedom of Expression,  Fake News, Privacy, Right to be Forgotten and Intermediary Liability. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 21 August 2017

21 08 2017

The legal term ended on Friday 31 July 2017 and over our summer break we will not be publishing regular “Law and Media Round Ups” again until the beginning of next term in October. We will, however, publish occasional “Summer Round Ups” drawing attention to some recent developments. Read the rest of this entry »





Summer Round Up: Research and Resources

8 10 2016

Resource RoundupThe past two months have produced a rich crop of articles on media and legal issues which may be of interest to readers of Inforrm. We list these under five headings:  Free Speech and Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection, Interception and Surveillance, Cyberbullying and European Convention on Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry »