Whispers And Warnings For May 1st

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A former mayor’s sharp tongue will cost Yonkers taxpayers thousands.
“The city has agreed to pay Manhattan strip club owner and newspaper publisher Sam Zherka $100,000 as part of a legal settlement for slanderous remarks allegedly made by former Mayor Philip Amicone while he was in office.”

DOJ Asks Judge to End Suit Over Afghan War Memoir
“The Justice Department has renewed its effort to shut down a lawsuit in Washington over the scope of information a former U.S. defense intelligence officer can publish in a memoir about service in the war in Afghanistan.”

Maui Time publisher sues, alleges assault
“The publisher of an alternative weekly newspaper is suing Maui County, alleging he was harassed, assaulted and falsely arrested while filming Duane “Dog” Chapman for a story in 2011.”

Judge Appears Poised to Toss Booksellers’ Suit
“Federal Judge Jed Rakoff yesterday appeared poised to dismiss a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six publishers over Amazon’s use of proprietary DRM in the Kindle e-reading platform.”

Magazine Subscribers Ask Court To Revive ‘Shine The Light’ Lawsuits
“Three magazine subscribers are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuits accusing the publishers of violating a California law dealing with the sale of customer lists.”

Brian Burke files defamation suit over online comments
“Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has filed a defamation lawsuit against 18 unnamed individuals who he says posted untrue comments online accusing him of having an affair with a female sports reporter.”

A changing truth: Do online news stories about arrests constitute libel after expungement?
“A class-action lawsuit scheduled for argument next month in Connecticut claims that the news media defamed arrestees in online news stories about criminal records that were later expunged.”

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