Legal Services

Media And Communication

For almost 50 years, Archer’s Media and Communications Law Group has provided representation to both media and non-media clients on a broad variety of communications law issues. Our attorneys provide solutions for clients in the print and electronic media, publishing, and telecommunications fields, as they operate in a technologically complex, and profoundly changing information environment.

The Group takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon the expertise of attorneys in several of the Firm’s departments, including litigation, corporate/tax, intellectual property, labor and employment, environmental, land use and zoning, and commercial law.

Litigation

Attorneys in the group handle litigated matters in both state and federal administrative, trial and appellate courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, often working closely with Archer’s Computer and High Technology Law Group. Among other things, some of the firm’s work has resulted in precedential reported opinions on First Amendment jurisprudence as well as public records and access issues.

Counsel

The Group’s areas of practice also subsume all aspects of legal counseling on media issues, as well as general business issues, including defamation, trade libel/product disparagement, privacy violations, printing and publishing counseling, First Amendment law, prepublication defamation review, prior restraints, advertising and commercial speech, newsrack issues, circulation/distribution issues, public records access, courtroom access, electronic media courtroom coverage, cable law, FCC Law, Telecommunications Act, cellular telephone towers, and the newsperson’s privilege.

Merchandising and Licensing

Our attorneys are well-versed in domestic and international licensing matters. Our experience extends to product, character and technology licensing, as well as to the registration and licensing of related patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Transactions

We are experts in the formation of all types of entities, the negotiation and drafting of distribution, publishing and production agreements, and advising and counseling in diverse fields such as related labor & employment law, telecommunications regulation and antitrust.

Finance

Our corporate attorneys use innovative strategies and legal expertise to help our clients achieve their goals in the areas of corporate finance, including venture capital and public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and dispositions.

Clients

Clients include national, regional, and local newspaper companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, national and local wire services, national television companies and local affiliates, regional and local cable stations, radio stations, a regional professional association, as well as local commercial companies, government officials, politicians, and private individuals.

Experience

  • Rabbitt v. Gannett, 2003 WL 23519619, 32 Media Law Rptr. 1410 (N.J. Super., Law Div., Morris Cty. 2003) (summary judgment for defense in defamation action)
  • Courier News v. Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, 2003 WL 22022961, 31 Media Law Rptr. 2022 (N.J. Super., Law Div., Hunterdon Cty.), rev’d, 358 N.J. Super. 373 (App. Div. 2003) (summary judgment for plaintiff in public records action)
  • Daily Journal v. Police Dept. City of Vineland, 351 N.J. Super. 110 (App. Div.) (affirming summary judgment for defense in public records action), certif. denied, 174 N.J. 364 (2002)
  • Asbury Park Press v. Lakewood Tp. Police Dept., 354 N.J. Super. 146 (Law. Div. 2002) (summary judgment for plaintiff in public records action)
  • Southern New Jersey Newspapers Inc. v. Township of Mt. Laurel, 141 N.J. 56 (1995) (affirming but remanding summary judgment for defense in public records action)
  • Represented a local newspaper in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case which liberalized standards for grant of summary judgment. On motion of the Securities Exchange Commission,  our attorney was appointed Receiver by the U.S. District Court for Bentley Financial Services and related companies. The Receivership is still pending and has to date collected more than $320 million for the benefit of victims of a Ponzi scheme.

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