Jones Waldo’s Media Law Practice Group provides the full range of services to the firm’s media and communications clients, which include newspapers, publishers and radio, and television broadcasters as well as online and other multimedia content providers. These services include training, counseling, risk management, claim prevention, defense, litigation and appeals, and business consulting.
We have extensive experience dealing with pre-publication review and lawsuit defense, successfully defending claims alleging defamation, privacy violations, false light, intrusion on seclusion, and torts. We regularly and successfully deal with constitutional matters (freedom of the press and speech), First Amendment issues, reporter’s privilege, and subpoena matters, and protection of confidential sources and newsgathering materials. We routinely assist our clients with the freedom of information requests (FOIA and Utah GRAMA), issues of access to courts, governmental agencies, administrative proceedings, and records. We also have represented clients with free speech/free press issues in the electronic age, including the successful defense of a criminal libel charge based on the contents of a website.
Group members have also worked with media clients on a wide range of general business issues, including employment and labor matters, union collective bargaining agreements, publishing, and joint operating agreements, employment contracts, business contracts, real property, trademark, copyright, and intellectual property matters.
Jones Waldo’s media clients have included the Salt Lake Tribune (Utah’s largest daily newspaper), The Deseret News, the Utah Media Coalition, The Spectrum, the Associated Press, Bonneville International (television and radio), KSL-TV, KUTV, KTVXGood4Utah, Fox 13 News, the Society for Professional Journalists, Newsweek, Forbes Inc. and CNET Networks, Inc.