Media A string of recent court setbacks for news organizations is prompting jitters among First Amendment advocates who fear that it could signal an erosion of the deference press outlets have enjoyed for decades in cases challenging their reporting. Some legal experts view the rulings as signs that the courts’ view of the media is beginning to change, with more judges embracing the notion that major news outlets are partisan combatants rather than engaged in a dispassionate search for the truth.Story Continued Below “It does seem to me there is a seismic shift,” said Jane Kirtley, a University of Minnesota law professor and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “Judges are being very skeptical about the news media’s motives. … I think it’s fair to raise the point of whether this is part of a general disquiet with what the media are doing and whether they’re now being seen increasingly as having … [Read more...] about Media’s legal defeats trouble First Amendment advocates
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Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming Twitter, two parody accounts and a Republican political consultant violated the First Amendment and defamed him. In addition to $250 million in damages, Nunes demands that the social media platform disclose the identities behind the anonymous accounts that have caused him particular suffering, according to the suit: "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow." The suit, filed in state court, alleged violations of Virginia's law against insults. It also brought claims against Twitter for conspiracy and negligence. The tech company, the Republican from California said, "intended to generate and proliferate false and defamatory statements" about him. Its failure to police mean tweets, puns and memes, posted by accounts purporting to be his mother and cow, caused him "extreme pain and suffering." Since filing, Nunes has been ridiculed, and the case has been labeled by experts who spoke to The Washington Post as, in all likelihood, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and a satirical cow over mean tweets. Does he have a case?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 22, 2019, 4:57 PM GMT By Danny Cevallos Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., escalated the feud between conservatives and Twitter on Tuesday with a lawsuit accusing the company of defamation and negligence — two different allegations, one of which poses a more serious question for the social media platform and technology companies in general. Nunes is claiming that Twitter negligently violated its terms of service when it allowed people onto its online “premises” to say false or disparaging things about him. He is seeking $250 million in damages due to “pain, insult, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress and mental suffering, and injury to [Nunes’] personal and professional reputations” brought on by what Twitter users said about him. Defamation is an interesting legal matter to discuss, at least in … [Read more...] about Devin Nunes faces an uphill battle in his lawsuit against Twitter
Mar 12, 2:09 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Arthur Villasanta 03/12/19 AT 12:18 AM Google paid more than $105 million to two top executives it forced to resign for sexual harassment, giving lie to its oft repeated assertion it had paid none of these men an exit package.Google has indeed paid some of these men millions was confirmed in a shareholder lawsuit filed by shareholder James Martin at the Superior Court of Santa Clara, California. The case, which is docketed as 19CV343672 Martin v. Page, et al, reveals Google paid $90 million to Andy Rubin and $15 million to Amit Singhal after both men were accused of sexual harassment at the company and forced to resign.Rubin and Singhal received these enormous sums to expedite their departure from Google with the least amount of fuss and unfavorable publicity.Rubin, who left Google in October 2014, joined the company in 2005 as senior vice president of … [Read more...] about Google Paid $105M To Execs Accused Of Sexual Harassment
Mark Sherman, Associated Press Updated 11:46 am PST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move comes after the 81-year-old Cosby spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to the SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia. less This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 ... more Photo: Matt Slocum, AP Photo: Matt Slocum, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Justice Thomas calls for re-examining landmark libel case