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Second Lawsuit Filed By Former Ad Exec Over Allegations Made By Anonymous Instagram Diet Madison Avenue

July 1, 2018: Ex-Ad Exec Suing Instagram Account, Former Employer For Defamatory Statements And Wrongful Termination A former advertising executive sued the anonymous Instagram account Diet Madison Avenue for defamation last month and is now suing his former agency Crispin Proter & Bogursky and its holding company MDC Partners. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the District[Read More…]

July 3, 2018 Secrecy, Speech, Top Stories
Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Gag orders or standard practice of administrations in transition?

Did White House Staff Sign Away Their First Amendment Rights?

Did White House Staff Sign Away Their First Amendment Rights?

The Washington Post reports that senior White House staffers in President Trump’s administration were asked to sign long-term nondisclosure agreements which would prevent them from revealing confidential information. These agreements extended beyond the normal confidentiality obligations around classified information or attorney-client privilege and included fines if they were broken. What exactly is the law that would govern NDAs? Heidi Kitrosser of the University of Minnesota told Reuters that “These NDAs strike me as clearly unconstitutional under the First Amendment” because the First Amendment protects free speech from government restriction, and White House personnel are employed by the government not by President Trump. This is not absolute in all cases. In Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled public employees can be fired or otherwise disciplined for speech connected to their jobs. Several scholars suggested that President Trump does not need NDAs at all – he can just fire employees who have divulged confidential information.

March 21, 2018 Secrecy, Speech