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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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Gawker founder urges truce with Peter Thiel

In an open letter Thursday evening, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton challenged Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel to an open debate as an alternative to bankrolling lawsuits against the company. "Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting Gawker Media, the writers you dislike, and me, just think what it will mean."

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Thiel-Gawker fight raises concerns about press freedom

"A variety of observers, including other billionaires and figures involved in GamerGate, have entered into the fray to address themes like Mr. Thiel’s political motivations, and the wider issue of Silicon Valley power players and their involvement with the news media."

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Will other wealthy finances bankroll lawsuits against the press?

In the wake of Peter Thiel's $10 million legal war against Gawker, "the question running through many media circles is whether other wealthy people upset with news accounts will decide to follow Mr. Thiel’s example and go after other organizations."

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Peter Thiel isn't the only billionaire waging legal battles against the press

Editor's note: A version of this story was first posted by "Reveal" from The Center for Investigative Reporting and is being republished here with permission. The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit against Gawker has provoked a lot of hand-wringing in media circles. “Be very, very worried,” tweeted Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery. Nevermind … Read More
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