Biro v. Condé Nast: The “Plausibility” of Actual Malice Allegations in Public-Figure Defamation Cases
On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that public-figure plaintiffs in defamation cases must set forth plausible allegations, at the pleadings stage, that media defendants acted with actual malice. Heralded as a victory for the media industry and First Amendment rights, the court in Biro v. Condé Nast, et al.
After sorting through the tangled 80-year history behind the song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” the Second Circuit recently held that rights to the Christmas classic will revert back to the songwriter’s heirs on Dec. 15, 2016. Rights to the composition, written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, are currently held by EMI