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Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets

Charles Harder, the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan and others in their lawsuits against Gawker Media, is now taking legal action against Politico, The Week, The Daily Mail and other publications on behalf of Melania Trump. Melania Trump has notified the news organizations of her intent to take action based on "false and defamatory" statements, Harder told Poynter in an … Read More
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Association of newsroom editors calls on states to enact laws protecting student journalism

"The American Society of News Editors has unanimously adopted a resolution that welcomes new state laws in Illinois, Maryland and North Dakota protecting the ability of college and high-school journalists to write about issues of public concern, and calls on all other states to follow their lead."

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Pulitzer Prize-winner files age discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles Times

Jeff Gottlieb, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who helped lead the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his old employer alleging age discrimination and detailing a years-long tug-of-war over prize money for a series of investigative stories. The 30-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, lays … Read More
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Defamation lawsuit against ProPublica and CIR thrown out

"The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story published by the two nonprofit newsrooms that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, an intelligence center set up by state and local authorities after the 9/11 terror attacks."

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Peter Thiel's lawyer sends another threatening letter to Gawker

Edward Ivari, the hair restoration guru connected by circumstantial evidence to Donald Trump, demanded a retraction and apology from Gawker staff writer Ashley Feinberg. The demand was served in a letter from Charles Harder, the lawyer who has sued Gawker into bankruptcy with funding from Peter Thiel.

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Adnan Syed, star of "Serial," gets a new trial

Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer whose case was central to the storyline of the hit podcast "Serial," is getting another trial 16 years after being imprisoned for killing a Baltimore-area teenager. Earlier Thursday, Maryland judge Martin Welch granted the retrial on the grounds that Adnan's trial lawyer, Cristina Gutierrez, "rendered ineffective assistance when she failed to cross-examine the state's expert … Read More
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AP, New York Times and CNN sue to obtain Orlando shooting records

A coalition of 25 news organizations, including the Orlando Sentinel, The New York Times, CNN and The Associated Press, are jointly suing the City of Orlando over recorded telephone calls and radio transmissions that could shed new light on this month's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. The news outlets are seeking access to more than 600 phone calls … Read More
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7 lessons from BuzzFeed’s 'FOIA-friendly newsroom'

Does your newsroom have a public records strategy? Do you track how many Freedom of Information requests reporters make? Who do your reporters turn to for help if they are struggling to get records? Answers to these questions likely vary by newsroom, but I recently got a chance to find out how BuzzFeed’s news staff is working to improve the … Read More
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Meet the woman fighting Gawker's legal war

"Nearly everyone who works with Ms. Dietrick, who was in Hearst’s legal department before coming to Gawker in May 2013, describes her as nice. But that belies her steeliness in difficult situations."

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There's a Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker hearing today

"Attorneys for Gawker Media will be back in Pinellas court this morning to ask a judge to postpone the $140.1 million judgment awarded to former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan."

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Inside Peter Thiel's quest to sue Gawker into oblivion

"...Gawker is currently a defendant in at least a dozen lawsuits — in which Harder Mirell has worked quietly behind the scenes. One involves soliciting plaintiffs in cases that, contrary to Thiel’s claims that he’s defending those who have been wronged by the site, have nothing to do with its journalism."

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POLITICO reporter booted from Trump rally

"...Ben Schreckinger had been typing on his laptop at the event at the San Jose Convention Center when he was approached by a Trump campaign staffer. After consulting with higher-ups, the aide and a private security staffer reportedly escorted Schreckinger out of the venue."

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MuckRock ordered to take down public records

MuckRock, a website that helps journalists and others request, analyze and share public records, has been forced by a court order to remove documents. A Washington state court ordered MuckRock to remove documents after a private company filed a temporary restraining order, claiming the City of Seattle mistakenly released records that reveal the company’s trade secrets, including an audit … Read More
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