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Florida Appellate Court: Open Meetings Law Applies To Collective Bargaining
In a crucial victory for transparency, a Florida state appeals court ruled that the state's open meetings law will not "condone hiding behind federal mediation" when municipal governments try "to thwart the requirements of the Sunshine Law".
United States
5 Feb 2015
Prior Restraint Vacated In Lawsuit By Haiti's Prime Minister
A federal district judge in Miami vacated a prior restraint forbidding a U.S.-based Haitian journalist from ever publishing anything relating to the prime minister of Haiti. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe sued Leo Joseph for defamation, alleging that Joseph published defamatory articles in his newspaper, Haiti-Observateur.
United States
16 Jan 2014
Court Rules Article Reporting About "False Testimony" Not "Actual Malice"
A Maryland court dismissed a defamation lawsuit against a newspaper, filed by a former chief deputy state's attorney, over articles reporting that he had given "false testimony" about a murder investigation.
United States
15 Jan 2014
FOIA Settlement Advances Story On Civil Rights-Era Informant Records
A unique settlement in a Washington, D.C., Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has provided a Memphis newspaper unprecedented access to the FBI's informant records from the civil rights era, including documentation of the U.S. government spying on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
United States
15 Jan 2014
Double Exposure - National Press Club Panel (Video Content)
Media Partner Charles D. Tobin moderated a National Press Club Panel called "Double Exposure."
United States
30 Oct 2013
Florida Court Vacates Prior Restraints
A Florida trial court vacated two separate prior restraint orders against the media from publishing unredacted information in a police report that contained an alleged confession by a criminal defendant.
United States
23 Oct 2013
Got Privilege? Wisconsin Shield Law Tested In Raw Milk Case
In the first-known application of Wisconsin's two-year-old shield law, Judge Guy Reynolds of the Sauk County Circuit Court refused a request by the state's Department of Justice to issue subpoenas to three journalists who covered an Amish farmer's sale of unpasteurized milk products.
United States
4 Feb 2013
Judge Finds That FBI in FOIA Case 'Officially Confirmed' Identity of Civil Rights Informant
In a significant victory for the cause of government transparency, a Washington, D.C., federal judge has ruled that the FBI must produce a full accounting of noted civil rights photographer Ernest Withers’ file as a confidential informant.
United States
19 Apr 2012
Florida Judge Protects Journalist's Privilege
A Jacksonville, Fla., judge has ruled that the state's journalist's shield law protects a newspaper against a prosecution subpoena for a letter sent by a woman pending trial on a manslaughter charge.
United States
25 Jan 2012
Federal Courts Greet TV, Blogs And Tweets With Mixed Enthusiasm
The federal courts, long hostile to most forms of electronic journalism, are showing signs of accepting increased coverage by social and broadcast media. But messages from the courts remain mixed.
United States
26 Feb 2010
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