find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Supreme Court asked to rule on Janet Jackson’s nip slip

Supreme Court asked to rule on Janet Jackson’s nip slip

Folklaw loves an uplifting news story and is pleased to be able to get this particular one off its chest.

Folklaw loves an uplifting news story and is pleased to be able to get this particular one off its chest.

It involves the seemingly never-ending saga involving pop singer Janet Jackson’s infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at the 2004 Super Bowl, which is again coming under scrutiny.

Bet you probably thought you could go the rest of your life without reading about Jackson’s nip slip again, right? Well think again.

In the US the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested that the Supreme Court review its previous decision to throw out the regulatory agency's $550,000 fine against CBS for airing a split-second shot of Jackson’s breast during her half-time performance with Justin Timberlake.

If you remember, CBS’s broadcast cut away quickly, but not before the incident was watched by millions of stunned viewers across the globe. Jackson and Timberlake maintain the incident was an accident caused by a “wardrobe malfunction”.

The FCC and the Justice Department have petitioned an appeal to a 2011 ruling, stating that the incident was "shocking and pandering".

In its petition to the court, Solicitor-General Donald Verrilli contends that the commission’s $550,000 fine for the incident was warranted because the indecency rules cover fleeting nudity.

Verrilli added that while the commission’s indecency rules at the time made an exception for “fleeting expletives”, that doesn’t mean a brief flash of nudity falls under that exception.

Earlier this year the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals denied a full-court rehearing of the 2011 decision, by a three-judge panel, that the FCC's fine of CBS stations was arbitrary.

It had originally overturned the fine in 2008, but the higher Supreme Court struck out the judgment, referring the case back to them in 2009.

This story looks set to rumble on for some time to come, but worry not Folklaw fans, we will endeavour to keep all our loyal readers abreast of any future developments.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Supreme Court asked to rule on Janet Jackson’s nip slip
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
06:05
Legal body disappointed with DPP emails leaked to tabloid
The NSW Bar Association has expressed “profound disappointment” over leaked emails from the NSW ...
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Warning
Jan 18 2018
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...