January 18, 2019

Spiegel Attorneys Defend Constitutionality of PEG Access Channels Before Supreme Court

Spiegel attorneys Jim Horwood, Tim Lay, Peter Hopkins, Jeff Bayne, and Amanda Drennen filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the thousands of public, educational, and government (“PEG”) access cable channels that serve communities across the United States.  The brief, submitted on behalf of the Alliance for Community Media, the Alliance for Communications...
November 28, 2018

Spiegel Attorneys Honored by NHMC

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has selected Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP to receive its 2018 Impact Award for Outstanding Advocates.  The award “recognize[s] policymakers that are working to bridge the digital divide and enact policies that protect the interests of Latinos and other people of color.”  According to NHMC, Spiegel’s “pro bono representation in the Net Neutrality litigation...
August 20, 2018

Spiegel & McDiarmid Attorneys Represent the National Hispanic Media Coalition in Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

On August 20, 2018, a group of public interest organizations, internet companies, and competitive carriers dedicated to protecting an open internet filed their initial brief in the court challenge to the FCC’s repeal of its prior open internet rules.  The brief is available at the link below.  Spiegel & McDiarmid attorneys Jim Horwood, Tim Lay, Jeff Bayne, and Kat...
August 8, 2018

Scholars Argue Defamation Suit Should Proceed

Spiegel & McDiarmid attorneys Katie Mapes and Kat O’Konski served as amicus counsel to First Amendment and media law scholars who urged the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia to allow a defamation suit to proceed against Infowars’ Alex Jones and others.  The brief was featured in an August 8, 2018, New York Times article.  Gilmore v. Jones, Case...
June 1, 2018

Federal Appeals Court Upholds FERC Order Requiring Equitable Treatment of Mississippi Ratepayers

In the attached opinion issued June 1, 2018, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Sentelle affirms FERC’s decision to require Entergy Arkansas to continue sharing with its Mississippi and Louisiana affiliates, notwithstanding its withdrawal from the Entergy System Agreement, the benefits of a settlement agreement with the Union Pacific railroad.  The settlement arose from...
May 24, 2018

Port of Portland Prevails in Dispute over Payment of PDX’s Utility Bills

The Federal Aviation Administration rejected claims brought against the Port of Portland by the Air Transport Association of America d/b/a Airlines for America and the airlines serving the Portland International Airport.  At issue was whether the Port, which owns and operates PDX, is violating federal law when paying certain utility charges to the City of Portland as part of...