Media Outlets Get Challenged in New Lawsuits

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Media Outlets Get Challenged in New Lawsuits

Tue May 27, 2008 @ 11:10AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Some minor cases after a long weekend:

• What do Rolling Stone Magazine and Girls Gone Wild have in common? According to a new lawsuit filed in an Illinois county court, two women are claiming that the music magazine published photos of them topless without permission. Most of the non-celebrities were blurred, but the magazine must have overlooked these two, who are now seeking at least $30,000 in damages.

• Famed anti-videogame crusader/attorney Jack Thompson is fresh off misconduct proceedings where a Florida judge has recommended that he be found guilty of 27 counts of misconduct. Now, Thompson is striking back with a complaint filed in Miami federal court that accuses several Florida judges of serving illegally because their loyalty oaths were forged.

• A reputable Canadian public relations official is accusing The National Post of defamation for asserting that his criticism of industry-sponsored science on global warming was financially motivated. According to the lawsuit, the media organization accused him of being double-faced, and then violated copyright by taking a sent letter to the editor and maliciously altering it.

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