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Access of the Media and Public to State Legislative Records

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court for the State of Washington in Associated Press v. Washington State Legislature. The brief emphasizes the importance of access to legislative records by the media and the public, including the records of individual legislators, staff complaints against [...]

By |2019-04-30T13:26:32-04:00April 25th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Access of the Media and Public to State Legislative Records

Pre-Trial Conference Should Be Open to Press and Public

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) sent to a federal judge in Cleveland regarding In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804. The letter objected to the court’s plans to close the courtroom to members of the press and public for a pre-trial conference. The letter urged [...]

By |2019-04-24T17:04:09-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Pre-Trial Conference Should Be Open to Press and Public

Neutral Reportage Doctrine, Wire Service Defense Should Shield Newspaper

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Court of Appeal of the State of California in Smith v. Palisades News. The case involved a defamation suit against the Palisades News brought by an activist who objected to the newspaper’s coverage of her statements on a matter [...]

By |2019-04-24T17:03:57-04:00April 18th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Neutral Reportage Doctrine, Wire Service Defense Should Shield Newspaper

Certification Requirement Compromises Editorial Independence

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip. The Arkansas Times, an alternative newsweekly, challenged the constitutionality of an Arkansas statute that prohibits public entities in the state from engaging in a boycott of [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:47:02-04:00April 15th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Certification Requirement Compromises Editorial Independence

Applicability of State Shield Law to Online News Sites

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada in Toll v. Gilman. The case involves a defamation suit brought by Gilman against Toll, a reporter for an online news site, seeking disclosure of Toll’s news sources. The brief argues that Nevada’s shield law is [...]

By |2019-03-29T15:11:32-04:00March 26th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Applicability of State Shield Law to Online News Sites

Requirement To Meet FOIA ‘Foreseeable Harm Standard’ for Withholding Records

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media. The brief argues that FMI’s purported “plain text” reading of Exemption 4, under which government agencies may withhold records if a third party claims that the information is either kept private, or, [...]

By |2019-03-29T15:10:55-04:00March 25th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Requirement To Meet FOIA ‘Foreseeable Harm Standard’ for Withholding Records

Defamation Protection for Reporting on Science Controversies

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Croce v. New York Times Co. The case involved a defamation claim brought by cancer researcher and professor Carlo M. Croce, M.D., against the New York Times. The amicus brief focused on the “balanced [...]

By |2019-03-14T12:21:27-04:00March 11th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Defamation Protection for Reporting on Science Controversies

First Amendment and Common Law Presumption of Access

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bradley v. Ackal. At issue is whether a court order sealing a settlement between the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office and the minor child of an alleged victim of an unlawful officer-involved shooting violates the [...]

By |2019-03-25T11:38:51-04:00February 6th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment and Common Law Presumption of Access

Interior Dept. Proposed Rule Updates Inconsistent With FOIA

Participated in comments (with other media organizations) to the U.S. Department of the Interior, taking issue with the agency’s proposed updates to its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The comments pointed out a number of ways in which the proposed rule would place additional unwarranted and illegal burdens on requesters. In [...]

By |2019-02-04T11:15:04-04:00January 28th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Interior Dept. Proposed Rule Updates Inconsistent With FOIA

Standards for Court Review of Agency Denial of FOIA Request

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in ACLU v. Central Intelligence Agency. The brief notes the intent of Congress that courts can and must conduct a de novo review of all claims of exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act, including [...]

By |2019-01-09T15:47:57-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Standards for Court Review of Agency Denial of FOIA Request