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

Press Coverage

Maine blazes workplace trail with earned paid leave requirement

In March of 2019, Maine became the first state in the nation to adopt an earned paid leave law, meaning that for every 40 hours worked, an employee banks one hour of earned paid...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Reporting and Related Requirements

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated its COVID-19 FAQ with current guidance and reporting requirements. Although the information offered is not legal advice and is not judicially enforceable, it is helpful direction in...

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2021 Maine Diversity Summer Associate Program Expands to Include Additional Law Firms and Corporate Partners

Following a highly successful inaugural year, the three founding law firms of the Maine D1L Diversity Summer Associate program and the University of Maine School of Law welcome all of the new participating law...

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The Future of Work: Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of COVID in the Workplace

Preti Flaherty is proud to partner with our friends at KMA Human Resources Consulting for their Lunch and Legal Conversations webinar series, moderated by Rhoda McVeigh, Director of Consulting Services at KMA. Each program...

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Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...

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The Crisis of the She-cession and What Employers Can Do to Address It

Preti Flaherty is proud to partner with our friends at KMA Human Resources Consulting for their Lunch and Legal Conversations webinar series, moderated by Rhoda McVeigh, Director of Consulting Services at KMA. Each program...

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Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion of Moppin, Rideout, White to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named three new partners: Sara N. Moppin, Laura A. Rideout, and Emily T. White.  Each attorney stands out as a distinguished practitioner within...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Revises Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...

Press Coverage

Should workers wary of COVID-19 vaccines be forced to take one for the team?

As COVID-19 vaccinations become more readily available, should employers be legally allowed to mandate vaccination for all employees? Maine employers are wrestling with the choice of whether or not to mandate employees be vaccinated...

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Attorney Bodie B. Colwell Elected IWIRC Management Committee Vice Director of Social Media

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that attorney Bodie B. Colwell has been elected to the Management Committee of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), where, effective January 1, 2021, she will serve...