Some of our readers have been following Obsidian Finance Group, LLC v. Cox, the libel case in which our local counsel Benjamin Souede and I are representing defendant Crystal Cox. As you may recall, the Nov. 30 opinion in that case concluded, among other things, that only members of the institutional media are entitled to certain First Amendment libel law protections; that is one of the decisions that we are challenging with our motion for new trial. We filed a motion for a new trial in the district court, and on Tuesday the court denied the motion, issuing a long opinion on the subject. We will now be appealing to the Ninth Circuit.
If you’re interested, here are the trial court documents:
- Our Memorandum in Support of the Motion for New Trial.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Amicus Brief in Support of the Motion for New Trial.
- The plaintiffs’ Opposition.
- Our Reply.