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Doug Pierce

Newsroom Alert provides you with the latest updates in First Amendment and other legal issues related to news gathering and reporting, including reviews of recent state and federal court decisions.  Some of the many topics include libel, copyright, privacy, and access to records and meetings.

Doug Pierce is a Partner at King & Ballow. He also serves as General Counsel for the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and President of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.  He is a frequent writer on legal issues related to newsroom topics; he co-authors portions of the Media Law Resource Center’s annual 50 state surveys for Libel and Privacy.

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Yelp review of “Worst Ever” lawyer is not defamatory

Monday, 12 June 2017 03:04


A Utah man in the midst of a bitter divorce proceeding went on the Internet to express his displeasure with services provided by his former divorce attorney. The attorney was none too pleased with the critique of his former client, and initiated a defamation lawsuit for the review posted on 


Florida court takes strict stance on defendants’ use of absolute privilege in seeking dismissal

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:03


A Florida Franchise of Cold Stone Creamery was recently given a second bite at the apple when the Florida Court of Appeals found that his defamation case was improperly dismissed on the basis of absolute privilege. The dispute dates back to 2010 and involves a dispute between Cold Stone and its franchisee.


Defamation suit filed against Bill Cosby dismissed

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 08:10


A United States District Court in Massachusetts dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against the well-known comedian, Bill Cosby. 


Opinions expressed by Bill Cosby and his supporters about his accusers did not constitute defamation

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:19




Employees of targeted strip club cannot bring defamation lawsuit based on statements about their employer

Friday, 30 December 2016 15:13




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