Archive for December, 2015

Rolling Stone wants lawsuit over debunked gang-rape article dismissed

by   |  12.30.15  |  Libel

Rolling Stone Magazine’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by three former members of the fraternity maligned by the publication in a now-retracted article alleging a gang rape. The three former members of the University of Virginia chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity claim in their lawsuit that they were easily identified as potential rapists in Rolling Stone’s expose. The students claim their names and hometowns were listed online following the article, and that their names will forever be associated with the alleged gang rape. Attorneys for Rolling Stone dispute this, writing No reasonable reader would understand from the article and the proffered extrinsic evidence that plaintiffs are identified as the perpetrators. More »

Texas Can Deny Tax Breaks to Films it Doesn’t Like, Appeals Court Rules

by   |  12.29.15  |  Free Speech

I’m curious whether the rationale in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans  has any applicability in this case. (As tempted as I have been, I’ve never seen Machete or the sequel.) More »

Bill Cosby files countersuit against seven women in defamation case

by   |  12.15.15  |  Free Speech

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby on Monday sued seven women who had accused him of defaming them, saying they lied when they accused him of sexual assault. More »

GAO hits EPA for ‘covert propaganda’ to promote ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule – The Washington Post

by   |  12.15.15  |  Free Speech

The EPA used social media to bolster political support for a controversial expansion of its own regulatory authority, and violated federal law in the process, according to the Government Accountability Office. More »

Gov. Abbott responds to City of Orange’s decision to remove nativity scene – Houston Chronicle

by   |  12.15.15  |  Free Speech

The City of Orange will remove its annual nativity scene after a request from the Orange County Atheists to hang a banner alongside the decorations at city hall. The city reviewed Supreme Court decisions regarding Christmas decorations on city property based on the request made by the atheist organization, according to a press release. More »

Gov. Greg Abbott urges City of Orange to keep nativity scene

by   |  12.15.15  |  Free Speech

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement on Tuesday urging the City of Orange to keep a nativity scene outside of its city hall, after the city announced… More »