May 25, 2017 Uncategorized

The latest legal position taken by the University of North Carolina would be shocking if the University had not taken outrageous legal positions in the past.  At one point the University claimed that a photograph taken by a professional photographer … Continued

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NC Bar Association Highlights Press Award Given to SMVT Partner Amanda Martin

May 10, 2017 Uncategorized

“NCPA Award Like ‘An Oscar’ For Amanda Martin”  Read here:  NCL May 2017 – Amanda Martin

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March 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Following the fire in downtown Raleigh, we had an inquiry about access and the right to be on — and take photographs from — public property.  The Raleigh Police Department’s Media Policies specifically state that although access may be denied … Continued

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October 21, 2016 Uncategorized

North Carolina law requires newspapers accepting political ads to get and maintain certain paperwork.  political-ad-paperwork  In a nutshell, the law requires written authorization for each payment.  Payment must be in a verifiable form (i.e. not cash), and the paper must make … Continued

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Take Care In Structure and Placement of Online Agreements

September 28, 2016 Uncategorized

Last month, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Amazon.com.  At the heart of the litigation was the question of whether the plaintiff had agreed to a mandatory arbitration clause that was … Continued

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Amanda Martin Addresses NC Medical Society: Physicians’ Reputations and Social Media

September 19, 2016 Uncategorized

SMVT Partner Amanda Martin is a frequent speaker on topics related to traditional and social media.  c-amanda-martin-publications-and-presentations  This past weekend she addressed the annual meeting of the NC Medical Society on the issue of how physicians can protect their reputation … Continued

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Celebratory Press Release Following Trial Protected By Privilege

May 20, 2016 Uncategorized

After a jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiffs in a false claims action, plaintiff’s lawyers issued a 3 ½ page “celebratory press release” headlined, “JM Eagle faces billions in damages after jury finds JM liable for making and … Continued

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NTIA Best Practices for Drones

May 19, 2016 Uncategorized

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, charged by President Obama, has developed voluntary best practices for privacy, accountability and transparency issues related to the use of drones (unmanned aircraft systems or UAS).  Recognizing the strong First Amendment interests held by … Continued

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May 4, 2016 Uncategorized

Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Don Stephens and Chief District Court Judge Robert Rader have signed a new administrative order relating to search warrants and the procedures for sealing warrants.  See Order:  Wake Order re Sealing  The administrative … Continued

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Railroad Owned by North Carolina Taxpayers Won’t Provide Records

May 3, 2016 Uncategorized

SMVT partner Amanda Martin weighs in concerning the North Carolina Railroad, which is owned by the State of North Carolina but refuses to provide records explaining how it is financing large land acquisitions. To read the Carolina Journal’s story, click … Continued

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