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Rolling Stone subject doesn't want to testify

Lawyers representing "Jackie," the pseudonymous University of Virginia student who told a Rolling Stone reporter she was gang-raped for a flawed magazine feature, is asking not to give a deposition for fear of being "re-traumatized."

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NFL would face uphill battle in legal clash with New York Times, experts say

If the NFL intends to sue The New York Times for its recent exposé of the league's concussion research, it better be prepared for a tough slog. On Monday, the NFL sent a letter to The New York Times demanding that the newspaper retract a recent front-page story that called into question concussion analysis that the league has … Read More
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Trump says he won't fire aide who roughed up reporter

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager, is keeping his job after security camera footage revealed that he manhandled Michelle Fields, who was then a reporter for Breitbart News. Instead, he turned the blame on Fields herself. "Trump spent the day on Tuesday mounting a vigorous defense...and verbally attacking the journalist, questioning whether she made the whole thing up..."

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What should you FOIA? There's a new tool to help you figure that out.

Max Galka has worked most of his career in finance and insurance. With that work, he had to create models of natural disasters, and to do that, he had to get information on past natural disaster damage. "And that's really when I discovered Freedom on Information," he said. Years of FOIA requests taught Galka that there was no … Read More
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Judge in Hulk Hogan v. Gawker has a long history of reversal

Pamela Campbell, who presided over the punishing invasion-of-privacy case against Gawker Media, has been reversed on appeal more than any of her colleagues in Florida's Pinellas County. "A review of Campbell's cases shows that since 2012, the appellate court has reversed her decisions 22 times, all for errors the court blamed on the judge."

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Jian Ghomeshi verdict spurs protest

Hundreds of protesters marched in solidarity with the women who accused the former "Q" host of sexually assaulting them. He was acquitted by an Ontario judge last week.

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Ted Cruz rebuts National Enquirer report

At a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the GOP candidate called a National Enquirer report that stated Republicans were investigating rumors of extramarital affairs "complete and utter lies." Cruz says Donald Trump is behind the story.

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News outlets hookwinked by fake lawsuit

Word of a bogus claim made against former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by the man who shot her, Jared Loughner, is not true despite ample coverage to the contrary. The Arizona Republic, The Hill and Fox News all picked the story up.

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'On the Media' takes on Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker

The podcast and radio show from WNYC takes a deep dive into the legal vagaries of the ongoing case between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media.

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Reporter cuffed while requesting public records

Chris Nakamoto, a reporter with WBRZ in White Castle, Louisiana, was handcuffed and taken to a police station after requesting public records Wednesday. "This week, WBRZ submitted a public records request related to how much the mayor makes. A public records request is a formal inquiry anyone can make to get access to public government documents. An elected official's salary is public information. Nakamoto was at city hall checking on the records request."

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Lawsuit against Sun-Times dismissed

"Earlier this month, a Cook County judge entered the motion regarding the defamation lawsuit. The suit alleged at the time that a story in the Sun-Times in February 2014 by staff reporter Stefano Esposito wrongly quoted Carl Easter, owner of Logan Square Pest Control, and contained incorrect statements about the business."

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Gawker juror: Company was 'cloaking themselves in the 1st amendment'

One of the deciders of Gawker Media v. Hulk Hogan spoke out on Facebook Wednesday, declaring she thought the company's First Amendment argument was moot. "His was a clear case of invasion of privacy and Gawker cloaking themselves in the 1st amendment was insulting at best."

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Gawker boss defiant after losing case to Hulk Hogan

The founder of Gawker Media says the company plans to appeal a one-sided jury trial that didn't account for all the evidence. "...Constitutional issues aside, we now know that the trial was a sham from the start. The real, and actually embarrassing, reason Hogan sued Gawker to begin with was hidden from the jury, from the public, and from me, while he put on a show about being violated by the publication of nine seconds of his sex life, after years of boasts about his prowess on talk radio and shows like Howard Stern."

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Gawker hit with $25 million in punitive damages

On top of an earlier judgement, today's penalty adds up to a total of $140.1 million against Gawker Media, which plans to appeal the jury's verdict.

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