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Tonkon Torp represents broadcasters, newspapers and publishers, as well as individual authors, on media law issues.  We have successfully litigated cases involving defamation and false advertising claims.  We regularly advise clients on media law issues, including providing pre-publication and pre-broadcast review.  We also advise on and litigate issues regarding the applicability of media shield laws, reporters' privileges, prior restraints on publication, cameras in courtrooms, invasion of privacy, newsgathering methods, licensing and copyright.

Representative cases include:

Stacy v. KOIN-TV.  Successfully defended KOIN-TV against defamation and related claims.
Card v. Pipes. 398 F. Supp.2d 1126 (D. Or. 2004).  Successfully obtained dismissal at the trial court of defamation and related claims arising from publication of an op-ed column in the New York Post and online.  Matter subsequently settled on appeal. 
Miller v. KOIN-TV.  Successfully defended KOIN-TV against claims that political advertising aired by the station was false and misleading.

Tonkon Torp lawyers have also represented newspapers around the state, including:
  • The Oregonian
  • Portland Business Journal
  • East Oregonian Publishing Company
  • Eagle Newspapers
  • Lee Enterprises