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Media law Cases

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Shepherd v. Maxwell, 1966 Physician convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife Infamous case that received intense publicity across the nation
Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia, 1980 John Stevenson indicted for murder in Virginia Series of reversals, mistrials in case trial closed to the public and the media.Supreme Court held that the right to attend criminal trials was "implicit in the guarantees of the First Amendment"
Estes v. Texas, 1965 High-profile case generated extensive national press coverage.Estes went to prison. 14th Amendment due process rights had been violated by publicity associated with pretrial hearing, carried live on TV and radio
Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964 United States Supreme Court decision handed down in 1964 involving whether the state of Ohio could, consistent with the First Amendment, ban the showing of a French film called The Lovers (Les Amants) which the state had deemed obscene.
New York v. Ferber, 1982 Paul Ferber and Tim Quinn owned an adult bookstore in Manhattan Sold two films to an undercover police officer depicting boys in sexual situationsSupreme Court found that child pornography may be banned without first being deemed obscene under Miller
Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures, 1998 Annie Liebovitz and The Naked Gun. Liebovitz sued for copyright infringement. Court found the ad was a parody
Basic Books v. Kinko's Graphics, 1991 Kinko’s copied excerpts of books and sold them as course packets to college students without authorization from the books' publishers
Harper & Row Publishers v. Nation Enterprises, 1985 In 1977, former President Gerald Ford contracted with Harper & Row to publish his memoir H&R negotiated a pre-publication deal with Time to print excerpt.The Supreme Court said The Nation’s use of verbatim excerpts was not a fair use
Valentine v. Chrestensen, 1942 Dispute over littering on the New York waterfront.the streets are proper places for the exercise of the freedom of communicating information and disseminating opinion.
Bigelow v. Virginia, 1974 Jeff Bigelow, a newspaper editor in Virginia, published an ad for an abortion referral service in New York (where abortion was legal). Court ruled that the ads contained a matter of significant public interest, it merited First Amendment protection
Rubin v. Coors Brewing Co., 1995 Federal law prohibited beer labels from displaying alcohol content
Lorillard Tobacco v. Reilly, 2001 Massachusetts enacted regulations restricting tobacco ads and sales practices to stop recruitment of children as new customers
Pizza Hut v. Papa John's International, 2001 Claim of false advertising under the Lanham Act allegedly committed by Papa John's when it claimed "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.”
FTC v. Garvey, 2004 Steve Garvey, former first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers Hired by Media Interactive
Red Lion Broadcasting v. FTC, 1969 Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Fairness Doctrine in a case of an on-air personal attack.
FTC v. Cooga Mooga and Charles E. Boone, 1978 Singer and actor Pat Boone endorsed Acne-Statin
CBS v. FCC, 1981 Carter-Mondale presidential campaign wanted to buy 30 minutes of time on three major networks:
Reno v. ACLU, 1997 the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the “indecent transmission” and “patently offensive display” provisions of the US Communications Decency Act.These provisions made it a crime to send offensive Internet material to persons under age eighteen.
FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 1978 Landmark Supreme Court decision that defined the power of the FCC over indecent material as applied to broadcasting In 1973, a father complained to FCC that his son had heard the George Carlin routine "Filthy Words" broadcast on FM radio station in NYC
Ballen v. City of Redmond, 2006 Dispute between Blazing Bagels' use of outdoor ads and the City of Redmond's commercial signage ordinance. Appeals court uses 4-part test to make ruling
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