Court: Bloggers have First Amendment protections

Jan 18, 2014 by Jeff Barnard

A federal appeals court has ruled bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the trustee mishandled a bankruptcy case.

The appeals court ruled that the trustee was not a public figure, but the issue was of , so the negligence standard applied.

Gregg Leslie of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press says the ruling affirms what many have long argued: Standards set by a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court ruling apply to everyone, not just journalists.

Explore further: Federal appeals court to review Texas abortion law

5 /5 (9 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Federal judge: Montana blogger is not journalist

Dec 08, 2011

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a Montana woman sued for defamation was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, a decision with implications for bloggers ...

US spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

Jan 04, 2014

(AP)—A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether ...

Court Denies Vonage Bid for Patent Case Retrial

May 04, 2007

A U.S. appeals court denies a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought against it by Verizon Communications.

Recommended for you

Facebook dressed down over 'real names' policy

Sep 17, 2014

Facebook says it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted profiles of self-described drag queens and others, but declined to change a policy requiring account holders to use their real names rather than drag names such as ...

Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

Sep 17, 2014

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle US charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Returners
1 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2014
So for example, I can say that I think our government was incompetent on the issues of the "War on Terror," and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that I think it was foolish to be paying Pakistan for usage of their roads and air space.

I can also say, for example, that I believe Pakistan was funneling our own money back to Al Queada, and they probably even used some of it to build Bin Laden's retirement compound. They secretly welcomed him as a "War Hero," and our naive, incompetent political and military leaders fell for it the whole way.

Thankfully, somebody eventually caught on. They know this, and we know this, but for "PC" BS international relations reasons, our leaders still won't come out and say it like they should.

Or I can say that I believe the reason Obama doesn't approve the oil pipeline is because he doesn't want to have a backlash and be seen as the "Democrat who went against the environment," even though he wants the pipeline too; pass the buck to the next guy.
VENDItardE
1 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2014