Whispers and Warnings

Whispers And Warnings For January 9th

Winona Post - Settles lawsuit filed by former Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Chair Stacey Mounce Arnold while claiming "the judge assigned to our case did not understand the rights of the press under the First Amendment." Amazon.com - Must pay $455K fine for (allegedly) "labeling and advertising textile products made of bamboo fibers that were actually rayon." …

Whispers And Warnings For December 12th

Not "new" news but in the spirit of the season... - Disney Wins Dismissal of 'Santa Paws' Copyright Lawsuit French president Franaois Hollande - Accused "of improper interference in a legal case" after he wrote to a Paris court backing a defamation suit (his girlfriend) brought against publishers and authors of a biography about her. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly - Sued by two French Muslim groups for $1M for publishing Mohammad cartoons. …

Whispers And Warnings For November 28th

Dex (a yellow pages publisher) - Settles lawsuit by restaurant owner who alleged their salesman listed the restaurant under the "Animal Carcass Removal" section after they refused to buy an ad. Warner Bros - Sued for $80M by J.R.R Tolkien estate and publisher Google - Guilty of libel in Australia "all because it didn't remove a link to an incorrect web site." They plan to appeal. …

Whispers And Warnings For October 3rd

Penn State - Sued for (alleged) defamation by the Jerry Sandusky whistleblower. Apple - Must pay encyclopedia publisher $82K for app store piracy. Stephen Raymond, former publisher - Sued by The Effingham Daily News and its parent company, alleging he "conspired against the newspaper while in its employ by secretly arranging to start a competing publication." Slate and former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer - A libel lawsuit filed against them has been dismissed. …

Whispers And Warnings For September 12th

Penguin - Spokeswoman sues publisher, alleges discrimination. Georgia State University - Publishers to appeal copyright decision. Amazon - "Back to discounting e-books from HarperCollins following publisher's accord with DOJ settling collusion allegations." Jazan Wild, a comics creator - Has begun sending cease-and-desist notices to reviewers. Murdoch Books - Sued by celebrity chef for alleged "copyright infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct." …

Whispers And Warnings For August 22nd

Apple - Opposes settlement by three other publishers accused of ebook price fixing, saying the judgement will terminate and rewrite Apple's contracts "before a single document has been introduced into evidence, before any witness has testified, and before the court has resolved the disputed facts." The Michigan Daily - Libel lawsuit by a Canadian hockey team has been dropped. Chilean Journalist - denied passport over 61-year-old libel conviction …

Whispers And Warnings For August 15th

Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers - In copyright infringement lawsuit against Georgia State University, judge denies publishers' request for relief; tells publishers to pay defendant's attorney's fees. Ampersand Publishing - Owes Jerry Roberts an additional $81,560.05. Attorney's fees are now almost $1.1 million. National Jewish Democratic Council - Sued for $60M by Sheldon G. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, for alleged libel, for an article published on the group's website. The New Yorker - Judge rules libel suit filed by Peter Paul Biro can go forward. Bloggers Roman Brice and Nancy Pincus and 10 unnamed internet commenters - Sued for $2M for (alleged) defamation. …

Whispers And Warnings For August 1st

Chattanooga Publishing Company - Sued by former employee who alleges her boss fired her after she told him she needed surgery to treat cancer. The Apple + Big 5 Publishers Government Lawsuit - Barnes & Noble, independent booksellers unite on antitrust court case, cite harm to consumers British tabloid The Sun - Sued by Pakistan (yes, the country) for (alleged) libel. Beaverton Grace Bible Church - Loses libel suit against blogger. The judge also ordered the church to pay the plaintiff's costs and attorney fees. …

Whispers And Warnings For June 13th

Times-Picayune - Being pressured by New Orleans civic leaders to "reverse its decision to reduce print publication to three days a week" VTi Group / publisher Shawna Vercher - "Gambling NBA ref says his book publisher never paid him" Philadelphia Magazine - Indie blogger has accused them of trying to get her fired Joseph Farah, CEO and editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily.com - Loses lawsuit against Esquire Magazine. Judge rules post was satire. …

Whispers And Warnings For June 6th

Sakura Publishing - OUCH! Don't miss this one! It's pretty long. If you're busy, skip down to the red line that says: "WARNING: DEREK HAS A FILTHY MOUTH." Apple and the big five publishers - The Author's Guild is asking authors to contact the justice department; says the settlement will help Amazon, hurt other stores. Penguin Group USA and Macmillan - Deny price-fixing. States the lawsuit by the justice department is based "entirely on the little circumstantial evidence it was able to locate" and it "sides with a monopolist." (Of course, they are referring to Amazon.) The Central Basin Municipal Water District (California) - Files libel lawsuit against unnamed authors of an email. Oakland-based Summit Bank - Defamation lawsuit they filed against former V.P. has been dismissed by state appeals court. In doing so, the court struck down a 1917 law that made it illegal "to circulate untrue statements or rumors about the financial condition of a bank." …

Whispers And Warnings For May 9th

Tumblr - Sued by adult publisher for (allegedly) "knowingly allowing its users to post and reblog content from (the publisher)." Google - Trying to get The Author's Guild removed from the 6-year-long copyright infringement lawsuit againt Google, which would force authors to sue individually. Doesn't look like the judge is buyin' it! Charles LeBlanc, Canadian blogger - Won't be charged with criminal libel but still doesn't have computer back after his arrest and the search of his home. Search/seizure occurred after the blogger published negative comments about police. An independent third party will be reviewing the police department's actions. …

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