During the autumn of 2016, social media giant Facebook was the target of significant criticism for its role as a distributor of news to the public. Continue reading.
During the 2016 presidential election, several states dealt with legal questions regarding “ballot selfies,” the posting of photographs of completed ballots on social media sites. Continue reading.
In January 2017, President Barack Obama left office, eight years after he won his first presidential campaign with promises of greater government transparency, saying during his inaugural address that “transparency and the rule of law [would] be the touchstones of [his] presidency. Continue reading.
On Sept. 29, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lee v. Tam, a case in which the plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of the “disparaging clause” of the Lanham Act, which bars the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) from registering scandalous, immoral, or disparaging trademarks. Continue reading.
On Oct. 24, 2016, The New York Times reported that the American Bar Association (ABA) was hesitant to publish a report analyzing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s history of filing libel lawsuits against his critics. Continue reading.
On Nov. 28, 2016 the U.S. Senate passed the Consumer Review Fairness Act, H.R. 5111, a law that would protect consumers from retaliation after posting negative online reviews. Continue reading.
In August 2016, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics. Continue reading.
During the fall of 2016, news organizations criticized law enforcement officials over the use of deceptive techniques involving the press while investigating criminal activity. Continue reading.
On Oct. 1, 2016, the U.S. government officially ended its formal oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) after a two-year transition period. Continue reading.
On Nov. 4, 2016, The New York Times reported that a federal jury had found Rolling Stone liable for defaming University of Virginia (UVA) Associate Dean of Students Nicole Eramo for its depiction of her in a now-retracted story about an alleged rape on UVA’s campus. Continue reading.
On Nov. 2, 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported that Gawker Media filed documents in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York indicating that the company had reached a $31 million settlement with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan over an invasion of privacy lawsuit. Continue reading.
During the fall of 2016, several individuals sought to invoke reporter’s privilege in various jurisdictions throughout the United States to prevent being compelled to reveal their confidential sources and non-confidential notes. Continue reading.
Several independent journalists found themselves fighting restrictions on their abilities to gather news during the fall of 2016. Continue reading.
During the summer and fall of 2016, several states considered issues related to freedom of information and defamation. Continue reading.
During the 31st annual Silha Lecture, Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy rejected the notion that there must be conflict between champions of free expression and champions of racial justice in the United States. Continue reading.