Court Hears E-Jurisdiction Case

june 11, 2002  12:32 pm
"Newspapers want the benefit of being read worldwide but not the responsibility that comes with it," an attorney told a federal appeals court June 3 in Stanley Young vs. The New Haven Advocate. The libel lawsuit by a Virginia prison warden is an appeal of a federal district court ruling in Virginia that granted jurisdiction because the Connecticut newspapers that he was suing published their material on the Web. AAN joined amicus briefs in support of the publishers in both Young and Gutnick vs. Barron's, a similar case before Australia's highest court. The case may be the first federal appellate ruling on whether a newspaper can be sued anywhere its Web site is read.