The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued that a New York fair report privilege protects the publication of unverified allegations that are part of official proceedings, protects reports on non-public official investigations and protects reporting on documents subject, even in part, to government investigation.
The amici filed the brief in
Gubarev v. BuzzFeed
, a defamation action currently before the 11th Circuit. While not being heard in a New England jurisdiction, the case is of national importance. It arises from a 2017 BuzzFeed article that published the “Trump-Russia dossier,” also known as the “Steele dossier.”