US Supreme Court Grabs Attention of Tech Giants as Past Immunity Granted by Section 230 Is Called Into Question
By Trey McDonald
While the confirmation of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett has dominated the news, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in MalwareBytes v. Enigma Software Group has garnered the most attention from tech companies as Justice Clarence Thomas stated the Court should welcome an appropriate case that will consider whether the text of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act “aligns with the current state of immunity enjoyed by Internet platforms.”
ARTICLE 19 recently announced the creation of the Press Council of Tunisia, the first independent press council in the MENA region—marking a milestone in Tunisia’s reform process since the 2011 revolution. The Council will play a vital role in safeguarding press freedom and promoting protection of the right to free expression in the country.
In his capacity as a member of the International Board of ARTICLE19, Bob Latham visited Tunisia in December for a two-day meeting to discuss the efforts to establish press freedoms within the context of the recent arc of Tunisian history.
Free speech is the soul of American democracy, observes Floyd Abrams. In a column recently published by longtime Jackson Walker client The Dallas Morning News, one of America’s preeminent First Amendment litigators comments that a culture of freedom sets the United States apart among the nations, not merely words recorded in the Constitution.
WINNERS & LOSERS
As sports begin to return to some sense of normalcy, Bob Latham shares a reminder in this Winners & Losers column to appreciate what athletes are going through so that viewers can rekindle at least one old familiar feeling and shared cultural experience.
JW NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Lawyers in America, a widely regarded guide to legal excellence, has recognized 164 Jackson Walker attorneys as Best Lawyers, including 9 Lawyers of the Year and 25 Ones to Watch, across 6 offices and 66 specialty practice areas in its 2021 edition.
Congratulations to the following attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in the area of First Amendment law:
- Chip Babcock
- John Beckworth
- Amanda Bush
- Nancy Hamilton
- Bob Latham
- Paul Watler
A special congratulations to Bob, who was recognized as Dallas/Fort Worth’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Sports Law in the 2021 edition.
Jackson Walker proudly congratulates the 54 attorneys named 2020 “Texas Super Lawyers,” including media law attorneys Chip Babcock, Chevazz Brown, Stephanie Chandler, Bob Latham, David Moran, and Paul Watler.
Partnering With UHLC to Seal Juvenile Records
Jennifer Bryant and Luke Gilman are working with the University of Houston Law Center on motions to seal juvenile records.
ICYMI—Luke spoke on the JW Fast Takes podcast about about the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program. Tune in here »
James McFall was selected to participate in the 46th class of Leadership Dallas.
ICYMI—James joined the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Next Generation Committee for a panel discussion to share his perspective related to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within the media law bar. Get the details »
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