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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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More than just opinion required for a valid claim

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:03


Founding member of the rock band “Boston,” Tom Scholtz, sued a newspaper and two of its columnists for libel alleging the newspaper published three stories in its entertainment news column, “Inside Track,” that wrongfully suggested he was responsible for former lead singer, Brad Delp’s suicide.



Some Virginia execution documents will be made public

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:04


Virginia Department of Corrections’ documents related to prisoner executions have been held not subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, as the release of the requested documents could jeopardize the safety of a government facility.


News station not liable for airing footage it agreed it would not air

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:46


A husband and wife sued an Oregon television station and reporter for showing  the husband on a morning broadcast, despite being promised his likeness would not be aired.


Does your freelance author have an ax to grind

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:15


A Texas woman, Ms. Rosenthal, brought suit against D Magazine for libel alleging the magazine published a story that wrongly accused her of committing welfare fraud in an article titled “The Park Cities Welfare Queen.” The trial court denied the magazine’s motion to dismiss, and the Texas Court of Appeals recently affirmed that ruling.


Candidate’s big mouth leaves him empty handed

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 08:39


A United States Senate candidate filed a lawsuit against a Dallas newspaper alleging the newspaper published a statement that was defamatory in nature.


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