The high profile legal battle between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Apple, Inc. (Apple) came to a close on March 28, 2016 when the DOJ asked the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to vacate its Feb. 16, 2016 order compelling Apple to assist law enforcement officials in unlocking the iPhone of one of the shooters in the December 2015 San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist attack. Continue reading.
On March 18, 2016, a Florida jury awarded professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, $115 million in damages in damages in an invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, an online media company that had published an excerpt of a sex tape of Hogan in 2012 on its flagship site, Gawker. Continue reading.
On Feb. 13, 2016, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep while on a hunting trip at a Texas resort. Continue reading.
During the summer of 2015, filmmakers for the television show “The First 48,” a reality television show on the cable channel A & E, followed Minneapolis police officers as they investigated several serious crimes that had occurred throughout the city. Continue reading.
On Jan. 25, 2016, a Houston, Texas grand jury that was initially investigating accusations of criminal misconduct committed by Planned Parenthood issued indictments against employees of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group that recorded covert videos of Planned Parenthood officials. Continue reading.
In late 2015 and early 2016, news organizations in both Canada and the United States sough clarification from law enforcement authorities over the use of investigative techniques that involved posing as journalists. Continue reading.
On March 15, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled its first native advertising case against national retailer Lord & Taylor. Continue reading.
In early 2016, Rolling Stone found itself at the center of a controversy once again after the magazine published an actor’s account of meeting a notorious drug lord who had recently escaped from a Mexican prison. Continue reading.
In late 2015 and early 2016. The influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dealt with a pair of cases that could have implications for students’ freedom of speech as well as that of filmmakers. Continue reading.
On Dec. 29, 2015, Twitter announced changes to its terms of service. Continue reading.
In the spring of 2016, The Washington Post received news that one of its reporters would be released from an Iranian prison after being held for more than a year. Continue reading.
In the spring of 2016, several states confronted legal questions that raised important issues for state media law policy. Continue reading.