Sat.Jun 20, 2020 - Fri.Jun 26, 2020

Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

Gordon P. Firemark

The scenario. An actor client today told me that she’s been asked to sign a document before coming to work on a new project. The waiver expresses all kinds of new protocols for minimizing disease transmission on and around the set, but then it goes on to include a waiver, stating that she understands that there’s still a risk, and is assuming that risk by taking the job, so she promises not to sue or make claims if she gets the disease. she checked in with SAG/AFTRA.

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New Legal Research Tool Taps Into Caselaw Access Project’s 6.7M Cases

Media Law

It is rare that I get to report on a new legal research tool. Even so-called startups in legal research, such as Casetext and ROSS, have been in business since 2014 or earlier. But today I have news of a new entrant in the field, BuzzyCite. BuzzyCite is a free and easy-to-use case law research tool that taps into the vast collection of Harvard Law School’s Caselaw Access Project.

Judge Dismisses Nunes Attempt To Sue Twitter Over Bovine Account

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A judge has dismissed Representative Devin Nunes's lawsuit against Twitter over the content of the Twitter account @DevinCow because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act doesn't allow courts to treat social media platforms as publishers of the content of

MLC Black Box Invasion: Transparency for the “Interim Application of Accrued Royalties”

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This post is a version of Chris Castle’s comment in the current Copyright Office rulemaking on the transparency of the MLC and originally appeared on The Trichordist.]. By Chris Castle. Just when you think you understand Title I of the Music Modernization Act, another toad runs out from under a rock.

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Judge delays dropping Michael Flynn's criminal case

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Tomorrow: A Live Conversation About Blogging with MyShingle’s Carolyn Elefant

Media Law

Join me tomorrow as I kick off a new series on behalf of LexBlog , This Week in Legal Blogging , starting with a conversation with one of the leading bloggers in the legal profession, Carolyn Elefant, founder of MyShingle.com. Each week, we’ll feature conversations with legal bloggers about their blogging stories — how and why they started blogging, how they built and engaged with their audience, and what it has meant to them personally and professionally.

Fagan on Optimal Social Media Content Moderation and Platform Immunities

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Frank Fagan, EDHEC Business School, is publishing Optimal Social Media Content Moderation and Platform Immunities in the European Journal of Law and Economics. Here is the abstract. This Article presents a model of the lawmakers' choice between implementing a new

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A Black Teen Said Her Neck And Face Were Lit On Fire By A Group Of White Men Police said they are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

A Black Teen Said Her Neck And Face Were Lit On Fire By A Group Of White Men ‘’ Police said they are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime. Salvador Hernandez Posted on June 25, 2020, at 6:32 p.m. ET Courtesy of Michael Johnson Four white men sprayed a Black teen with lighter fluid at a stoplight, lit her face and neck on fire, and called her the n-word, she told police.

On the latest LawNext: Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur on Enhancing Access to Justice

Media Law

Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur is one of the world’s leading scholars on access to justice. Professor at the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, she is also a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Access to Justice Research Initiative. In 2018, she was named a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” for her work promoting an evidence-based approach to increasing access to justice for low-income communities. .

Tilley on (Re)Categorizing Defamation @CristinaTilley

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Cristina Tilley, University of Iowa College of Law, is publishing (Re)Categorizing Defamation in volume 94 of the Tulane Law Review (2020). Here is the abstract. This Article makes a tort-based argument for reassessing modern defamation law. It opens by considering

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Tilley on (Re)Categorizing Defamation @CristinaTilley

Media Law Prof Blog

Cristina Tilley, University of Iowa College of Law, is publishing (Re)Categorizing Defamation in volume 94 of the Tulane Law Review (2020). Here is the abstract. This Article makes a tort-based argument for reassessing modern defamation law. It opens by considering

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The Importance of Fact Checking

Media Law Prof Blog

On a recent episode of the Pen Pod: a discussion with SNOPES journalist Alex Kasprak about the importance of fact-checking

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During Briefing, State Department Avoids Question About Bolton's New Book

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During a recent interview, a State Department employee cut off a Reuters reporter's question about John Bolton's new book in order to allow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to move on to other questions. More here from USA Today.

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Judge Refuses To Grant TRO in Bolton Case

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Here's a link to Judge Lamberth's ruling in U. Bolton. The "horse is out of the barn" but Ambassador Bolton might not get to keep the winnings from the horse race

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6/25: A Special ‘Ask Us Anything’ Edition Of Our Legaltech Journalists’ Roundtable

Media Law

For our weekly, live legaltech journalists’ roundtable tomorrow, we’re going to do something slightly different — make it an AMA (ask me anything) episode. In addition to our usual round-up of the week’s top stories in legaltech, we’ll take your questions about how we do what we do. Want to know how we pick our stories, or how to pitch us on a story, or more about our publications? Here’s your chance.

Latest SixFifty Product Helps Churches Assess Readiness To Resume Services

Media Law

Last month, I wrote about the launch by SixFifty , the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati , of the Return-to-Work Toolset , a tool to help U.S. businesses safely transition their employees back to work as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders expire. Now, SixFifty is releasing another tool in a similar vein, only this one is designed to help religious leaders evaluate whether they are prepared to safely resume in-person meetings and services with their members.

Bill Gates predicted pandemic. Hear his advice now.

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Family's Black Lives Matter shirts questioned; Six Flags apologizes

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Family's Black Lives Matter shirts questioned; Six Flags apologizes

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Georgia coronavirus cases spike among young adults as virus surges

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Georgia coronavirus cases spike among young adults as virus surges

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An Asian Guy Said This To Me About Black People

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3 North Carolina police officers fired over racist rants - ABC News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Three members of a North Carolina police department have been fired after a department audit of a video recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready. The Wilmington Police Department took the action on Wednesday against Cpl. Jessie Moore, and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore. Each was accused of violating standards of conduct, criticism and use of inappropriate jokes and slurs.

U.K. Tech Company Apperio Begins Major Drive Into U.S. Market For Its Spend-Management Platform

Media Law

The U.K. legal technology company Apperio , whose platform provides corporate legal departments with greater transparency into their legal spend through automated tracking, management and analysis, says it is “vigorously” expanding its sales operation into the United States. The company says it is targeting sales to legal departments within corporations that have legal spend of $5 million or more and legal departments within private equity investment firms.

Fmr. Acting CDC Director: ‘We are in a worse place than we were early on’

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Acting CDC Director: ‘We are in a worse place than we were early on

"HOW MANY WILL BE HOMELESS??!!" Ben Carson GOES DOWN IN FLAMES Defending.

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Featured Resource: How Top Lawyers are Winning Cases in Today’s Competitive Environment

Media Law

Each week, we’re highlighting one of the resources from our recently launched LawSites Resource Center , a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. This week’s featured resource: How Top Lawyers are Winning Cases in Today’s Competitive Environment.

Jay Pharoah's LAPD Encounter

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Being Black And Feeling Safer Away From America

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AG Barr Under Scrutiny For Role In Ouster Of U.S. Attorney In New York |.

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Minority officers allege only white guards allowed with Derek Chauvin - New York Daily News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Segregation still exists in America. Black people know this. Here is a easy example that even the most clueless person cannot deny. When Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer and accused murderer of George Floyd, arrived at Ramsey County’s jail, all minority corrections officers were ordered to avoid him, according to racial discrimination charges filed with the state’s Department of Human Rights.

Webinar Today: The Bankruptcy Court and COVID-19

Media Law

What is the “new normal” for U.S. bankruptcy courts in the era of COVID-19? I am moderating a panel today at 1 Eastern time that will explore that question from the perspectives of a judge, a clerk, a practitioner, and a technologist. Produced by the American Bankruptcy Institute, The Bankruptcy Court and COVID-19 will look at changes in the process and practice of bankruptcy courts across the U.S.

Kimberly Jones: "Be Glad Black People Aren't Seeking Revenge!"

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Coronavirus VIII: Prisons & Jails: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Who is causing the violence at protests? It’s not antifa. | The Fact Che.

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Shrinking

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Daughter speaks out after her father dies of Covid-19: 'It was preventable' | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" As her father lay dying in a hospital bed in Arizona , after testing positive for Covid-19, Lina Washington pleaded with him to keep fighting. When they hung up, Washington scrolled through Instagram. She saw stories of friends and former classmates drinking and socializing at crowded bars and clubs, even as coronavirus infections rose exponentially across the state. Yet there they were, smiling, maskless, as if the threat had disappeared and life returned to normal.

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Legaltech Week 6.19.20: Clio CEO Jack Newton Joins the Panel to Discuss New Research on the Pandemic and the Profession

Media Law

The Legaltech Week panel of journalists is joined this week by Jack Newton , cofounder and CEO of Clio , to discuss new research findings on COVID-19’s impact on the legal industry. With findings based on both anonymized customer data and surveys of lawyers and consumers, the research suggests business may be picking up for law firms, but there are still reasons for concern. Newton discusses the findings and takes questions from the panel and audience.

Opinion | Why Was a Grim Report on Police-Involved Deaths Never Released? - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" A review shows that the number of people killed by police activity in New York is more than twice what has been reported. Gay is a member of the editorial board. Mayor Bill de Blasio addressing New York City Police Academy graduates in 2014.