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30 Minute Skills: How to Invoke the Fair Report Privilege
According to the First Amendment Encyclopedia, the fair report privilege is a widely recognized, state-law defense to libel actions when journalists report on or republish defamatory statements made by government. It can be a very valuable tool for journalists but its protection can vary depending on the state. By attending this class, you'll learn:

- How the fair report privilege works and current legal questions about the protection it provides.

- Where to find out if your state has a fair reporting privilege and, if so, its scope of protection.

- Good practices you can begin now to make your reporting more likely covered by the privilege.

Feb 17, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Matthew B. Byrne
@Gravel & Shea
Matthew B. Byrne is an attorney at Gravel & Shea in Burlington, Vt. He practices in all areas of business litigation and frequently represents clients in complex commercial cases. Before coming to Vermont, Byrne was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, a large Chicago law firm. He has appeared in both federal and state courts across the country. Byrne’s practice covers all facets of business litigation, including First Amendment litigation, failed merger litigation, federal securities class actions, derivative suits, federal preemption claims, insurance coverage, contract disputes, trademarks, trade secrets, non-competition, non-solicitation, technology, unfair competition, and personal injury cases. He has tried cases to completion before jurors, courts, and arbitration panels. Byrne has also sought and received emergency relief in a number of different factual contexts and judicial forums.