Paper Wants 3rd Circ. To Say If 1st Amendment Bars Bias Suit

By Matthew Santoni (August 31, 2021, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked to go straight to the Third Circuit for a ruling on whether the First Amendment protected it from liability when it refused to let a Black reporter cover Black Lives Matter protests because of a tweet, arguing the district court was wrong to claim it could have been a personnel decision.

PG Publishing Co. said U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan's ruling earlier in August hadn't properly addressed its First Amendment defense to former reporter Alexis Johnson's claims — that the newspaper had a protected right to make editorial decisions not subject to second-guessing by the courts...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!