In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Linky Friday: Guns & Briefcases
Cities:[Ci1] Ed West wants to know why we don’t use architecture that makes us happy? (Especially given that it commands a premium in excess to the cost.)
[Ci2] Mercer has its list of Quality of Living ranking of cities. Everybody to Vienna!
[Ci3] Stefan Al writes of the interweaving of malls and their urban surroundings.
[Ci4] A ghost city in China is filling up.
[Ci5] Tyler Cowen says the future of San Francisco may be Monaco.
[Ci6] Suburban sprawl is harshing songbirds’ mating buzz.
Crime:[Cr1] I wouldn’t really mind lowering blood alcohol limits to .05% nearly as much if we didn’t treat .05% like .15%. Contrary to the billboards, buzzed driving is not the same as drunk driving.
[Cr2] Jesse Singal points to a new approach against campus sexual assaults that may have some potential.
[Cr3] After being fined for wasting police time about a stalker, Shana Grice was killed by the stalker.
[Cr4] David Perry went to Washington with a message from disabled Americans: Stop killing us (and allowing us to be killed).
[Cr5] Inauguration Day arrests turned into an information bonanza for police.
[Cr6] Jacob Sallum has a run down of the sexual panic that has lead to our sexual predator laws.
[Cr7] The original, indisputable narrative behind the JCC bomb threats keeps getting jammed.
Law:[L1] The importance of the Oxford comma (to a bunch of workers who went to court for overtime pay).
[L2] This… does seem kind of like a bum settlement.
[L3] At Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic wonder how things move forward if the relationship between Judges and Trump is personal.
[L4] Copyright trolling isn’t dead yet.
[L5] It’s not a positive development to hold lawyers accountable for the clients they defend.
[L6] It does seem to me there would be some liability here.
Business:[B1] Noah Smith argues that it’s not actually crazy to bring manufacturing back to the US.
[B3] A matter of trust, and the science behind it, and how employers can try (try!!) to encourage it.
[B5] Hollywood Reporter has more on the toll that “Peak TV” is taking on Hollywood writers.
[B6] Well, I suppose this is one way for some of these free sites to get ad revenue.
Media:[M1] The FBI has arrested the tweeter that gave Kurt Eichenwald a seizure, and the story of how they did so is interesting. I don’t have a problem with going after the guy, though some do.
[M2] The Independent Journal Review started out with a lot of potential, but became the latest example of why modern conservatives can’t have nice things. (See also, The Federalist.)
[M3] Fake News, Japanese Edition.
[M5] Iain Martin writes of the misinformation we’re getting from Britain (and who’s giving some of it to us).