Category: Litigation


Lohan v. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc./Gravano v. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Plaintiffs Lohan and Gravano argued to rewrite New York Civil Rights Law Section 51 to include protections against the inclusion of “image,” “persona,” or “likeness” in any work for which a creator or publisher seeks compensation.

Higginbotham v. City of New York

Higginbotham v. City of New York 105 F Supp 3d 369 (SDNY 2015) Most recent action On March 17, 2017, Media Coalition Foundation, Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, Freedom to Read Foundation and 60 other media organizations submitted an amicus … Continue reading

Tobinick v. Novella

Dr. Edward Tobinick sued Dr. Steven Novella, a professor at Yale University Medical School, for criticizing his unusual medical treatments that he provides at his clinics in Florida and California. In a blog post on his website “Science Based Medicine,” Novella called Tobinick’s clinic, the Institute of Neurological Recovery, a “quack clinic.” Novella also took issue that Tobinick used the anti-inflammatory drug Enbrel to treat Alzheimer’s disease, as reported by an article in the Los Angeles Times.

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden

Media Coalition Foundation joined an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit to uphold the lower court’s ruling that Idaho’s “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional.

677 New Loudon Corporation v. New York Tax Appeals Tribunal

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari, concerning whether a state may discriminate in taxation among First Amendment-protected materials based on the perceived value of their content.

Alexander v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law that allowed the government to seize and destroy Ferris J. Alexander’s adult businesses under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act when he was convicted of selling seven obscene magazines and videos.

American Amusement Machine Association, et al. v. Kendrick, et al.

The 7th Circuit ruled that an Indianapolis ordinance adding “graphic violence” to the definition of “harmful to minors” is unconstitutional.

American Booksellers Association, Inc. v. Hudnut

The U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed the 7th Circuit’s decision striking down as unconstitutional the Indianapolis ordinance that defined “pornography” as a form of sex discrimination. The ordinance allowed individuals to sue a producer or distributor of material containing depictions or descriptions of nudity or sexual activity.

American Booksellers Association, Inc. v. McAuliffe

The U.S. District Court struck down Georgia’s law restricting the display of material with sexual content on its cover or in its contents as a violation of the First Amendment.

American Booksellers Association, Inc. v. Rendell

The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the state’s minors’ access statute.