Balancing the privacy rights of individuals with the public’s right to know and freedom of the press is never easy. But Walter | Haverfield attorneys have extensive experience representing numerous media outlets with a focus on limiting their liabilities and minimizing litigation exposure. Our First Amendment and Media Defense Group utilizes a team approach in assisting media clients in obtaining access to public information and court proceedings, and defending against intrusions to the newsgathering processes.

Among other industry-specific services, our attorneys provide pre-publication reviews and counsel in identifying potential publisher liability for both advertising and editorial content. We have successfully defended against the following claims, to name just a few:

  • Defamation arising from news and investigative reports
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Copyright infringement
  • Civil rights violations
  • Breach of contract
  • Promissory estoppels

Additionally, we have instituted mandamus actions to force the release of public records and the opening of courtrooms to cameras.

We know our media clients’ rights and are prepared to use our full resources to protect them.

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