Posts by Douglas E. Lee:
Whether bloggers being sued for libel are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as non-media defendants should be beyond controversy.
In its opinion, state appeals court notes that the standard for obtaining the identity of an online poster to a newspaper comment board is relatively low.
Fed up with officials in Loveland, Colo., contractor let loose with choice epithets, whereupon, he alleges, the city retaliated against him.
Refusing to follow rulings in other circuits, 7th Circuit decides to give a Chicago agency a chance to defend its permit policy regarding undefined ‘expressive activity.’
Because it is privately owned, WTTW-11 in Chicago is not a state agent under the First Amendment, district judge rules.
Several politicians likely are breathing easier after federal appeals court decides that records detailing campaign contributions aren’t subject to FOIA.
Court upholds a Wisconsin prison rule that defines ‘contraband’ to include documents obtained under the state’s open-records act that don’t refer to the inmate.
5th Circuit relies on a trio of high court precedents from the 1980s in striking down part of state’s disclosure requirements for for-profit companies that collect or solicit donated goods for charities.
Fare-skippers, graffiti artists and others no longer can hope to keep their infractions secret after 2nd Circuit rules that people who are cited can’t refuse to allow observers into their hearings.
Across America, local governments try to act in secret and keep information quiet, and if it weren’t for local journalists, they’d get away with it.
7th Circuit rules national organization’s claim that its First Amendment protections allow it to eliminate local councils doesn’t hold water.
At least for now, Laura Vera’s retaliation case has avoided capsizing in the dangerous legal waters created by the Supreme Court in Garcetti v. Ceballos.
Case involved newspaper’s report of rumors concerning a public official’s government duties; state appeals court says journalists aren’t obligated to investigate whether rumors are true.
Federal judge’s refusal to apply public-concern test to retaliation claim brought by private citizen likely will expand First Amendment protection in 7th Circuit.