Ciara Sues Future for $15 Million for Alleged Defamation, Slander

0 Commentsby   |  02.09.16  |  Free Speech

I have a hard time seeing this suit succeeding, especially the prior restraint elements referenced at the en. We can talk more in class next week about the elements of libel, perhaps using this case as a starting point. More »

Court: State Can Deny Funds for “Machete” Producers | The Texas Tribune

0 Commentsby   |  01.31.16  |  Free Speech

The Texas Film Commission acted within its authority when it decided after the release of the film “Machete” to deny its producers state incentive funds, a court ruled Friday.

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FCC votes to expand its database on political advertising

0 Commentsby   |  01.29.16  |  Free Speech

Cable TV, satellite and radio will have to provide online access to their political files. More »

My other case is …

0 Commentsby   |  01.28.16  |  Free Speech

This this is a trademark law case, and it’s interesting in its own right; but the discussion of the “American rule” is just as interesting. Some will argue a “loser pays” rule discourages justice and has a chilling effect on access to the courts, but this post offers a pretty good summary of the other side, which is persuasive to me. (I’d suspect I’m in the minority as a lawyer on this question.) More »

Fire in a Crowded Theater

0 Commentsby   |  01.27.16  |  Free Speech

Bryan Lewis asked yesterday about Holmes’ “falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater” analogy when talking about Schenck’s opposition to the U.S. involvement in World War I. Bryan asked what about when people are wrong in their speech but they honestly believe there’s a fire. More »

Bill Cosby wins in court; defamation lawsuit dismissed – CNN.com

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.16  |  Free Speech

A federal judge in Pennsylvania sides with comedian Bill Cosby and grants his motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by Renita Hill. More »

Texas latest state to call daily fantasy sports illegal

0 Commentsby   |  01.21.16  |  Free Speech

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Poll: 10% of college graduates think Judge Judy on SCOTUS – CNNPolitics.com

0 Commentsby   |  01.20.16  |  Free Speech

Thanks to Hannah Little for pointing us to this incredibly depressing story. “Judge Judy” is worth negative points on any upcoming exams… More »

Nestle fails to trademark Kit Kat’s ‘four finger’ shape

0 Commentsby   |  01.20.16  |  Free Speech

Cadbury has stopped rival Nestle from trademarking the 4-finger shape of the KitKat and can now make its own version More »

The Supreme Court will consider: When does government discrimination against churches violate the First Amendment? – The Washington Post

0 Commentsby   |  01.18.16  |  Free Speech

Missouri gives grants for resurfacing playgrounds with scrap tire products — but excludes playgrounds affiliated with religious institutions. Is that constitutional? More »