I now turn to the legal question. We no longer know the language of the confidentiality agreement than Zaid. Often, these agreements contain provisions that bind the staff of the signatories. The objective is precisely to avoid the risk of companies attacking the other party through the inter-parties, while claiming compliance with the agreement as a business entity. A CNN reporter violated the news channel`s confidentiality agreement by retweeting speculation about the extent of a defamation deal with The Washington Post, says Catholic High School lawyer Nicholas Sandmann. But it`s difficult when the entity is a new organization, and it`s new. For example, people are looking for Rangappa for legal analysis and it was analyzing the story. In addition, these tweets could be considered de minimis by a court, including Rangappa`s six words. Neither Stelter nor Rangappa claimed knowledge of the transaction or the disclosed terms. She appeared to denigrate the underlying complaint and spoke directly about the transaction.
That would trigger technical provisions of the agreement, and that is the dilemma CNN faces when it signs such agreements. CNN`s lawyers are perhaps the most angry. Media lawyers often insist on confidentiality because they do not want to encourage future lawsuits through compensation stories. If these CNN employees are covered by the agreement, it could allow for the filing of a new infringement action and a claim for damages. This could prove some expensive tweets for the company. However, if it turns out, the story shows the difficulties faced by media consultants in developing confidentiality agreements on matters of national importance. Ironically, CNN finds itself in the same kind of controversy over the confidentiality agreements it has covered about President Trump. There is an interesting analogy with confidentiality agreements that limit future analysis or comments. Some confidentiality agreements are intended to limit the ability of lawyers to represent individuals in the future. Standard professional conduct rule 5.6 states that a lawyer cannot participate in an agreement “in which a restriction of the lawyer`s right to exercise is part of the resolution of a client controversy.” Wood tweeted a screenshot of Stelter`s account showing his retweet of Zaid`s article, and he wrote: “This retweet of @brianstelter may have cost him his job at @CNN. This is a violation of the confidentiality agreement. Brian Stelter is a liar.
I know how to deal with liars. Here, the agreement would include a restriction of an information organization that included the colony as part of national news coverage or discussion. The lawyer for Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann of Covington accused CNN`s Brian Stelter of violating a confidentiality agreement Friday after the host retweeted speculation about the deal. Wood accused the host of Reliable Sources of violating his network`s confidentiality agreement with his client.