Firm Files Civil Rights Lawsuit On Behalf Of Photojournalist Against California Highway Patrol
March 2014 - Jassy Vick Carolan LLP files civil rights complaint against CHP, Caltrans and individual officers stemming from the unlawful arrest of The Willits News photojournalist Stephen Ernest Eberhard in July of 2013.  Eberhard was arrested for trespassing while covering protests occurring at a controversial highway construction project.  As alleged in the complaint, his arrest occurred after months of intimidation and harassment of the press by CHP personnel and with clear knowledge by the arresting officers that Eberhard was there as a journalist, not as a protester intent on interfering with the construction project.  The complaint asserts violations of Eberhard's First and Fourth Amendment rights.  The two protesters who chained themselves to equipment and stopped construction that morning were cited and released.  Eberhard was taken to county jail, photographed, booked and held for several hours.  His cameras and journalist's note pad were seized by CHP officers purportedly as evidence.  A video of Eberhard's arrest can be seen here.  The complaint is here.  
Firm Fights Proposed Restraint On Publication Of News Photographs
FEBRUARY 2014 - On behalf of firm client Marin Independent Journal, Jassy Vick Carolan LLP fights to beat back defense motion to prohibit publication of photographs lawfully obtained of alleged serial bank robber outside of courthouse. Article Op-Ed   UPDATE: Carolan beat back defense motion to prohibit publication of photographs lawfully obtained of alleged serial bank robber outside of courthouse. Link  
Vick Moderates “Copyright Issues in the Digital Age” Panel at ABA Conference
FEBRUARY 2014 - Kevin Vick moderated a panel on Copyright Issues in the Digital Age for the Media Advocacy Workshop at the ABA Forum on Communications Law’s annual conference in Miami. Vick was joined by panelists Lizanne Vaughan of Getty Images, Julie Ahrens of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and Allison Schary of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. They discussed the recent decisions in AP v. Meltwater and Morel v. Agence France Presse and analyzed the ramifications for creators and users of online copyrighted content. The panel addressed issues such as fair use and technological transformative use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and statutory damages under the Copyright Act.  
Top Court To Decide On Release Of Records On Patient Harm
JANUARY 2014 - The California Supreme Court unanimously granted review in a case addressing the public's right of access to citations issued by the Department of Public Health to state-operated centers for the developmentally and mentally disabled for serious violations of laws and regulations, including patient abuse. Duffy Carolan represents The Center for Investigative Reporting, which sought access to citations issued from 2002 to 2011 as part of its ongoing investigation (titled Broken Shield) into the care and oversight of one of the state's most vulnerable populations. In attempting to reconcile two statutory schemes aimed at protecting the developmentally and mentally disabled and those who reside in long-term care facilities overseen by the state, the Court of Appeal, Third District, granted access to the citations but required redaction of key information about the underlying circumstances of the violation, the severity of the violation and harm caused by the violation that CIR contends is required to be disclosed to the public. An article about the case can be found here.  
Firm Files Claim Challenging Arrest Of News Photographer At Protest Site
JANUARY 2014 - Duffy Carolan filed a claim on behalf of news photographer StevenEberhard against the California Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol and certain of their officers following his arrest in July of 2013 while attempting to cover protests in Willits, California. Eberhard's arrest, captured on amateur video, shows him walking onto the site, shaking hands with one officer and within seconds being arrested by another officer, who placed Eberhard's hands behind his back and cuffed him. The officers seized Eberhard's cameras despite knowing he was a journalist. A copy of the claim can be found here.