News Blogger Should Be Covered by New Jersey Shield Law
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court Law Division in Ocean County, New Jersey, in Schwab v. Klein. This case arises from a defamation action against several defendants, including Klein, brought by a local businessman and business based on posts on the websites jleaks and hefkervelt. During his deposition, Klein attempted to invoke the New Jersey Shield Law to refuse to answer questions about the websites and posts at issue. While Klein denies any involvement in jleaks and hefkervelt, he publishes news about the Lakewood, N.J., area on his blog and Facebook page. The amicus brief argues that Klein is covered by the Shield Law because he is “connected with … news media,” N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-21, through his blog. The brief notes the importance of the Shield Law to the public.