John Carreyrou, an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal, faced legal threats in the runup to his expose on Silicon Valley darling Theranos.
Intimidating legal tactics against WSJ scribe
Hulk Hogan sues Gawker Media...again
On the heels of winning a major a judgment against the digital media company, retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker Media on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to the National Enquirer.
New York magazine won't have to turn over notes for Bill Cosby story
"...A federal judge ruled against Cosby's effort to compel the publisher of New York magazine to provide access to unedited interviews of six women who are suing him over separate abuse allegations."
Turkey arrests and releases Dutch journalist
Ebru Umar, who wrote a column critical of a Turkish official in the newspaper Metro, was detained and subsequently released. "The hashtag #freeebru was trending in the Netherlands on Sunday, with Dutch politicians and commentators calling for her release."
Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria
"The family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government of President Bashar Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the gruesome beheading."
Here's why you can't successfully FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screener
Can reporters FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screeners?
We're about to find out. "I decided this was a perfect opportunity to test the limits of the Freedom Of Information Act. If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to my request to see it as a U.S. citizen."
Sumner Redstone won't have to testify
Aging Viacom boss Sumner Redstone doesn't have to take the stand in a case aimed at determining his mental fitness. "Whether or not Mr. Redstone, 92, is competent is the subject of a lawsuit filed in November by Manuela Herzer, his former companion and onetime romantic partner, who challenged his mental capacity. A trial is scheduled for May 6."
Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for computer hacking
Matthew Keys, a former journalist for Reuters, was sentenced to 24 months for providing login credentials for Tribune Media to members of the hacking organization Anonymous. Keys plans to appeal. "In a Medium blog post this morning, Keys wrote of the impending hearing calling the charges against him 'baseless, absurd and entirely wrong.'"
Feds investigate Wall Street Journal Report
The Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are investigating the source of a leak to The Wall Street Journal that revealed regulators were preparing to give some U.S. banks unfavorable reviews. Gerard Baker, The Wall Street Journal's editor in chief, isn't happy.
BuzzFeed wants 'bullshit news' lawsuit thrown out
The web giant has requested that a lawsuit brought by British journalist Michael Leidig for defamation of character be tossed out on the grounds that its story impugning Leidig is true.
At Michigan universities, journalists find a high price for public records
A FOIA audit of Michigan's 15 public universities found a total cost of $20,000 to fulfill FOIA requests. "That ultimately limits, or denies, public information to the reporters."
SNL skewers Hulk Hogan v. Gawker ruling
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson took on a decision by a St. Petersburg, Florida jury to award ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in his invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker. "$140 million dollars? You realize that makes Hulk Hogan the highest-paid porn star by $139 million dollars?"
Gawker is unbowed after losing to Hulk Hogan
"Gawker was preparing to file papers on Monday seeking to have the jury’s verdict thrown out or the award reduced. It will argue that Mr. Bollea did not prove his right to privacy trumped Gawker’s right to cover him aggressively as a world-famous former wrestler who has spoken freely about his sexual adventures."