Defamation, Media, First Amendment Law

MARC has earned a national reputation for cutting through the complexities of defamation, media and First Amendment law. We have significant experience defending news organizations–newspapers, online entities, television networks, and other media outlets and individuals–against claims by public figures and individuals.

We represent individuals sued for libel over allegedly defamatory Internet Posts or reviews on social media.

In addition, we are often called on to provide public relations advice and crisis management for companies or individuals in litigation or facing legal issues.

As a result, we frequently appear in important cases before appeals courts as amicus curiae (friends of the court) on behalf of media organizations. We also are often asked to provide expert opinions online, in print and on video. One of MARC’s founding partners, former news reporter and editor Bruce Rosen, is routinely sought across the country for his opinion.

We also advise clients on workplace defamation issues, often as part of employment litigation.

Our practice includes:

  • Defamation defense (online and print)
  • Libel (written defamation)/slander (spoken defamation)
  • Media issues
  • Newsperson’s Shield Law
  • Open public records laws (federal and state)
  • Public relations/crisis management regarding legal issues
  • Workplace defamation

Our recent engagements include:

  • Successfully appearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court in appeals over who is a journalist eligible for shield-law protection, whether there can be presumed damages in defamation matters and whether a defendant or convicted offender may claim an arrest/conviction never occurred for purposes of filing a defamation lawsuit.
  • Quashing a subpoena and winning a ruling that an unpaid government watchdog blogger was a journalist under the Newsperson’s Shield Law.
  • Successfully representing a large media company in the pursuit of state records on forgiveness of debts to public agencies and crafting a legal-fee settlement with the state for refusal to initially provide those records.

Please contact Bruce S. Rosen for additional information.

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Partner and Co-Founder

Bruce Goldstein, a director and co-founder, leverages more than 25 years of expertise in civil litigation and criminal defense, coupled with a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, in bringing about the best result for his clients. He has long been associated with high-profile First Amendment litigations related to free speech, media law (such as defamation and open public records) and religious freedom.

Partner

Alicyn Craig, a partner, has significant experience in all areas of environmental law, from regulatory advice to complex litigation. Her state and federal litigation practice focuses on soil and groundwater contamination as well as state agency cost-recovery actions.

Of Counsel

Katie Hirce, of counsel, is an employment, environmental and commercial litigator. She defends employers in discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation claims in federal and state court and before administrative agencies. She advises clients, including a Fortune 500 oil company, on environmental investigations and remediations, in litigation and in regulatory matters. In addition, Katie handles general commercial work.

James Harry Oliverio, an associate, concentrates his practice on general business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey, and state courts in New York.

Kate Suell, an associate, concentrates her practice on general business and commercial litigation as well as environmental regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Kate has extensive experience representing clients in all manner of complex commercial matters and has experience representing clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before state and federal courts, as well as agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Zachary Wellbrock, an associate, concentrates on civil litigation, primarily complex commercial matters and First Amendment/media law issues such as defamation, privacy rights and access to public records. In addition, he handles cases involving corporate law, breach of contract claims, franchise law, copyright and trademark issues, consumer fraud, professional liability and post-judgment remedies.

Associate

Allison Zsamba, an associate, primarily represents clients in commercial and employment litigation. She is experienced in defending a wide range of complex commercial matters, including breach of contract claims, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violations, insurance disputes and fiduciary matters. She also assists clients in addressing breaches of employment contracts, retaliation and wrongful discharge lawsuits, and non-compete, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements.

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