Preti Flaherty has the largest Media Law practice group in northern New England, representing leading media trade associations, publishers, and broadcasters throughout the region and nation. We are known for our vigorously proactive First Amendment practice, and work in partnership with our clients to strengthen their power to gather and disseminate information. We have had great success effecting changes in the laws and defending against legislation adverse to the media, including enacting Maine’s first journalist’s shield law. Our media attorneys have secured favorable judgments and verdicts for top news networks and publications, including Forbes, WGME-TV (a CBS affiliate), ESPN, Yankee Magazine, and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, as well as major corporations, such as Walmart and others, in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and beyond.

With extensive experience in the field, we leverage a diverse and innovative arsenal of skills and tactics in service to our clients in all areas of media law, including:

  • First Amendment litigation, including defamation and privacy litigation
  • Freedom of information litigation in state and federal court
  • Copyright and trademark litigation
  • Prepublication review
  • Libel and privacy advice
  • Protection of newsgathering and editorial processes, including defense of criminal and civil subpoenas on the new media

Leaders in the Field

The attorneys in our Media Law practice group stand at the forefront of the media law community. We are members of the counsel section of the Media Law Resource Center and authors of the Maine chapter in its widely used 50 State Survey of Media Libel Law in the United States. We also author the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit or Maine chapters in several publications by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Our team includes board members of the New England First Amendment Coalition and the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition.

Backed by the full resources of Preti Flaherty and its sophisticated multidisciplinary approach, and with deep roots in the service of the institutions and organizations we counsel, our Media Law practice group offers clients a vital combination of insight and action that makes us a standard bearer for success.

Firm Highlights

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

News

Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Press Coverage

Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...