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Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

By Floyd Abrams...  American First Amendment law, former United States solicitor general and associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Charles Fried has rightly said, “is the most libertarian and speech protective of any liberal democratic regime.” As such, its consequences and implications are profound. The exceptionalism of the United States in the [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:51:40+00:00October 18th, 2017|First Amendment Trends|Comments Off on Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

FCC Chairman: Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Public Comments

By Emily Birnbaum, thehill.com, 12-5-18 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is acknowledging that Russia-linked email addresses weighed in during the public comment process ahead of the FCC's net neutrality repeal last year. Pai said in a statement this week that it is a "fact" that a half-million comments were submitted from Russian email addresses during the public comment [...]

By |2018-12-06T17:48:15+00:00December 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Protecting News Media From Frivolous Lawsuits

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Van Dyke v. Retzlaff. The brief argues that the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act (“TCPA”) should apply in federal court. The news media have a strong interest in ensuring that statutory protections against frivolous lawsuits [...]

By |2018-11-30T14:44:30+00:00November 28th, 2018|Law & Policy|0 Comments

FCC To Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Next Month

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-20-18 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai did the unveiling Tuesday (Nov. 20) in his monthly blog post on the items the FCC plans to vote on at its next public meeting, which he does when the tentative agenda is released 21 days before the meeting. "On the media front, [...]

By |2018-11-21T16:09:21+00:00November 20th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC To Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Next Month

CNN Drops Suit Against White House After Acosta’s Press Pass Is Fully Restored

By Paul Farhi and Meagan Flynn, washingtonpost.com, 11-19-18 CNN dropped its lawsuit against the White House on Monday after officials told the network that they would restore reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials as long as he abides by a series of new rules at presidential news conferences, including asking just one question at a time. [...]

By |2018-11-21T16:12:34+00:00November 19th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on CNN Drops Suit Against White House After Acosta’s Press Pass Is Fully Restored

Judge Hands CNN Victory in Bid To Restore White House Press Pass

By Paul Farhi, washingtonpost.com, 11-16-18 A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with President Trump, ordering the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials that the Trump administration had taken away from Acosta last week. In a victory for the cable network and for [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:29:09+00:00November 16th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Judge Hands CNN Victory in Bid To Restore White House Press Pass

Public’s Access to DEA Historical Data on Opiate Sales

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the matter known as In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation. In the largest public-health lawsuit of our time, a federal district court issued a protective order barring the plaintiffs from disclosing key historical data [...]

By |2018-11-15T19:05:56+00:00November 13th, 2018|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public’s Access to DEA Historical Data on Opiate Sales

CNN Seen as Likely To Prevail in White House Fight

By Jason Schwartz, politico.com, 11-13-18 President Donald Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders often have the upper hand over CNN in the White House briefing room.  But CNN has likely now claimed the advantage by moving the battle to the courtroom. First Amendment lawyers say courts have a history of defending access for journalists, [...]

By |2018-11-14T15:16:45+00:00November 13th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on CNN Seen as Likely To Prevail in White House Fight

Elections Spell Changes in House TV Oversight

By Harry A. Jessell, TVNewsCheck.com, 11-7-18 With Democrats securing a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, key committees controlling media law and policy – Energy and Commerce and its Communications and Technology Subcommittee – will get new leadership that may be less friendly to broadcasting interests than the outgoing Republicans. Out at the [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:18:18+00:00November 7th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Elections Spell Changes in House TV Oversight

Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeal

By Associated Press, washingtonpost.com, 11-5-18 The Supreme Court has ended the court fight over repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that required internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. The court on Monday rejected appeals from the telecommunications industry seeking to throw out a lower court ruling in favor of the “net neutrality” rules.  The [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:14:06+00:00November 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeal

Public Access to Judicial Records

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on a petition for a writ of certiorari in Colorado Independent v. District Court. The brief urges the Court to grant certiorari because the Colorado Supreme Court’s rejection of a First Amendment right of access to judicial records inhibits public monitoring [...]

By |2018-10-30T13:06:21+00:00October 30th, 2018|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public Access to Judicial Records