Sixth Circuit Affirms – Website Calling Establishment the “Dirtiest Hotel” Not Defamation

Sixth Circuit Affirms – Website Calling Establishment the “Dirtiest Hotel” Not Defamation

We previously wrote about a Tennessee district court’s decision holding that a hotel’s inclusion at the top of the 2011 TripAdvisor “Dirtiest Hotels” list constituted hyperbolic opinion and rhetorical exaggeration, and thus was not actionable under Tennessee defamation law.  This past month, a circuit court upheld the ruling.

Good News: We’re One Step Closer to a Federal Shield Law for Journalists

By | CommLawBlog | September 23, 2013
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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Free Flow of Information Act (that would be S.987) by a 13-5 vote. If ultimately enacted (more on that below), this bill would establish a federal “shield law” or “reporter’s privilege”.  As a result, certain journalists would be protected from having to testify in federal court – a protection most often invoked by the reporter unwilling to disclose the identity of a confidential source. 

Ninth Circuit Holds That Class Member Declarations Do Not Support Finding of Commonality in Class Action

By | Ad Law Access | September 21, 2013
Ninth Circuit Holds That Class Member Declarations Do Not Support Finding of Commonality in Class Action

On September 3, 2013 in Thomasson v. GC Services, LP, — Fed. Appx. –, No. 11-56100, 2013 WL 4713560 (9th Cir. Sept. 3, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded with instructions to de-certify a class action alleging violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).

Should You Give Apple the Finger?

By | TMT Perspectives | September 20, 2013
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Apple released its annual iPhone upgrade, the 5S, today. Its most notable new feature is a fingerprint scanner built into the “home” button. Once the scanner “learns” a user’s fingerprint, that user can unlock their phone simply by touching the button, as well as purchase content from Apple’s e-stores without entering a password.