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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2017

Jeremy A. Chase

Jeremy Chase represents and counsels clients on a wide range of issues in media and intellectual property law, including libel, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, privacy, freedom of information laws, access, and First Amendment matters. Jeremy also has significant experience litigating complex contract disputes in both state and federal court. He also regularly advises newspaper, magazine, website, television, and book-publishing clients on pre-publication and pre-broadcast legal issues. In addition to his media and intellectual property practice, Jeremy also counsels startup and early-stage companies on a range of legal issues including privacy and security matters, intellectual property, and general corporate matters.

Representative Experience

Pre-publication and pre-broadcast counseling

Advises television, newspaper, magazine, website, and book-publishing clients, including the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Vox Media, Rolling Stone, Straus Newspapers, Reorg Research, Yahoo, US Weekly, Life & Style, In Touch, Closer, A&E, and various independent content producers. (Ongoing)

Weller v. Flynn et al.

Successfully defended Penguin Random House and author Gillian Flynn in a copyright infringement action alleging that the novel "Gone Girl" infringed on plaintiff’s screenplay. Obtained dismissal of complaint for failure to plausibly plead the defendants had access to the screenplay and that there was no substantial similarity between the two works as a matter of law. See Weller v. Flynn, No. 17-cv-8799, 2018 WL 2299240 (N.D. Ill. May 21, 2018)

Nobile v. Watts et al.

Successfully defended Simon & Schuster and author M.L. Stedman in a copyright infringement action alleging that the novel "The Light Between Oceans" infringed on plaintiff’s screenplay. Obtained dismissal of complaint on the ground that there was no substantial similarity between the two works as a matter of law, and the court awarded attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act. See Nobile v. Watts, 289 F. Supp. 3d 527 (S.D.N.Y. 2017). The case is currently on appeal to the Second Circuit. (2d Cir. Ongoing)

Penguin Random House et al. v. Colting et al.

Successfully represented PRH, Simon & Schuster, and representatives of the estates of Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Kerouac as plaintiffs in a copyright infringement action, prevailing on summary judgment, finding that defendants “KinderGuides” infringed their famous novels. (S.D.N.Y. 2017)

Murray Energy Corporation v. Reorg Research Inc.

Successfully represented Reorg Research Inc., a news entity that reports on the distressed debt market, in an appeal from an order compelling Reorg to disclose the names of confidential newsgathering sources. The appellate court unanimously reversed on the grounds that the order violated New York’s Reporter’s Shield Law (N.Y. Civ. Rights Law § 79 h). In its decision, the court rejected the lower court’s attempt to condition protection on the size of the subscriber base, the cost of subscriptions, and the extent to which information was disseminated to the public at large, finding that the uncertainty associated with such subjective analyses could chill future newsgathering; 58 N.Y.S.3d 369 (App. Div. 1st Dept. 2017), appeal denied, 30 N.Y.3d 913 (2018)

Grace Rauh, et al. v. Bill de Blasio

Representing NYP Holdings, the publisher of the New York Post, in an Article 78 proceeding against the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York regarding the mayor’s refusal to disclose communications between his office and public relations consultant Jonathan Rosen, who the mayor has declared is an “agent of the city.” In a decision authored by Justice Lobis, the court ordered disclosure of the withheld communications and awarded attorneys’ fees against the Office of the Mayor. The Appellate Division, First Department affirmed Justice Lobis’ decision in full. See Grace Rauh v. Bill De Blasio, --- N.Y.S.3d --, 2018 WL 2010799 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2018)

NYP Holdings, Inc., et al. v. New York City Department of Education

Representing NYP Holdings, the publisher of the New York Post, in an Article 78 proceeding against the Department of Education challenging their repeated and unlawful delays in responding to requests for information under the New York Freedom of Information Law. 63 F. Supp. 3d 328 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Ongoing)

Perlman et al. v. Vox Media

Defending Vox Media in a defamation action arising from articles in its technology blog, “The Verge,” about plaintiffs, a businessman, and two of his companies. The case raises significant issues concerning republication, opinion, and the reporter’s privilege. (Del. Ch. Ongoing)

Reid v. Viacom

Defending Viacom and screenwriter in libel action brought by Perri "Pebbles" Reid arising out of the docudrama "Crazysexycool: The TLC Story." Summary judgment granted in part and denied in part; motion for reconsideration granted in part and denied in part. Trial set for September 2018 (N.D. Ga. Ongoing)

Carter Page v. Oath, Inc., et al.

Successfully defended Oath Inc. in obtaining dismissal of a libel action brought by former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, Carter Page, related to an article by journalist Michael Isikoff, and various other articles by Yahoo! News and the Huffington Post about Mr. Page’s alleged activities during the presidential campaign, and obtaining a denial of Mr. Page’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. See Page v. Oath, No. 17 Civ. 6990 (LGS), 2018 WL 1474620 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 26, 2018); Page v. Oath, No. 17 Civ. 6990 (LGS), 2018 WL 1406621 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 20, 2018)

Morgan v. NYP Holdings, Inc.

Obtained dismissal of libel suit against the New York Post on opinion grounds arising from quote in article describing school administrator who refused to move volleyball games on account of Jewish high holidays as “acting like a Nazi” and “the Grinch of the Jewish holidays.” See Morgan v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 58 Misc.3d 1203(A), 2017 WL 6567998 (Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. Dec. 15, 2017)

Junior St. Louis v. NYP Holdings, Inc.

Obtained dismissal on fair report grounds of libel suit against the New York Post arising from article headlined "'Drunk driving-pothead' thinks he's fit to be a corrections officer." See St. Louis v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 54 Misc.3d 1222(A), 54 N.Y.S.3d 613 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2017)

Almeciga v. Center for Investigative Reporting

Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s fraud, fraudulent concealment, and breach of contract claims that CIR (Center for Investigative Reporting) breached a promise to conceal her identity and forged her signature on a release for CIR’s 2013 documentary, "I was a Hitman for Miguel Trevino," about a teenage assassin’s role with the Los Zetas drug cartel. Following an evidentiary hearing, S.D.N.Y.  Judge Jed Rakoff independently dismissed the plaintiff’s lawsuit as a "fraud on the court" finding "clear and convincing evidence" that plaintiff made "critical and serious allegations that she knew to be false" and excluded the plaintiff’s handwriting expert under Rule 702 and both Daubert and Kumho Tire. See 2016 WL 2621131, __ 121 F. Supp. 3d ___(S.D.N.Y. 2016); 121 F. Supp. 3d 379 (S.D.N.Y. 2015)

Jordan v. Jewel, et al.

Represented Time Inc. in connection with right of publicity claims brought by Michael Jordan related to a special "Sports Illustrated" issue commemorating Jordan’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Obtained summary judgment on Jewel’s third-party contribution claim on grounds that contribution is not available under the Illinois Right of Privacy Act for intentional torts, and on Jewel’s indemnity claim on ground that Time and Jewel did not have a pre-tort relationship and Jewel’s liability to Jordan was not derivative of Time’s liability. See Jordan v. Jewel, 83 F. Supp. 3d 761 (N.D. Ill. 2015)

Cruise v. Bauer Publishing, et al.

Represented all defendants in libel action brought by Tom Cruise arising out of reporting in "In Touch" and "Life & Style" that he had "abandoned" his daughter. Amicably resolved following discovery. (C.D. Cal. 2013)

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2011-2012
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, N.Y., 2009-2011

Professional & Community Activities

  • Litigation Committee, Media Law Resource Center
  • Trip Leader, Bike and Build, Providence to San Francisco, 2006

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "New York Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
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