Media & Entertainment

  • July 21, 2014

    Kilpatrick Snags IP, Employment Experts From K&L Gates

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP said Monday it has lured two lawyers from K&L Gates LLP with expertise in intellectual property, employment and competition matters, as well as class actions, to round out its California office in Silicon Valley.

  • July 21, 2014

    No Easy Answer On Performance Rights For Pre-'72 Records

    Digital radio services Sirius XM and Pandora are duking it out with musical artists and the record labels in courts across the country over whether or not they need to pay to play sound recordings from prior to 1972. Experts say that's an extremely tough question — with no easy answers.

  • July 21, 2014

    Google Gets Claims Trimmed In Kids' In-App Purchases Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday trimmed a putative class action accusing Google Inc. of enticing kids to spend money on games without their parents’ permission, tossing most claims brought under state consumer protection statutes but preserving one that the games were deceptively advertised.

  • July 21, 2014

    Student Bid To Save DC Museum, Art School Gets Go-Ahead

    A D.C. judge ruled Monday that seven current students, a faculty member and a staff member could continue their bid to save the over 100-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art and its associated college, after the trustees decided to hand the gallery and school over to George Washington University due to financial struggles.

  • July 21, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Fox, Allergan, Elliott Management

    Fox may use proceeds from the sale of its Italian and German pay-TV assets to pump up its estimated $80 billion bid for Time Warner, while one of Allergan's top shareholders is said to have sold its stake in March.

  • July 21, 2014

    MediaMath Signs On For 106,000 Sq. Ft. At 4 WTC

    Marketing technology company MediaMath Inc. has signed a 106,000-square-foot lease at New York City's 4 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties said Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Iowa High Court: Riverboat Casino Can Stay Afloat, For Now

    The Iowa Supreme Court last week granted a Penn National Gaming Inc. unit's request to freeze a district court order requiring the Argosy Casino Sioux City riverboat casino to close, keeping alive the casino's hopes of staving off the shutdown.

  • July 21, 2014

    'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Faces Contempt For Flouting Orders

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was found in contempt Friday for entering the offices of his bankrupt company, harassing employees and not returning two company cars in violation of a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, a California bankruptcy judge ruled.

  • July 21, 2014

    Sterling Trust Faces $480M Default If Revoked, CFO Says

    Donald Sterling's family trust, which controls the Los Angeles Clippers and Sterling's real estate holdings, would default on $480 million in debt if he is allowed to revoke the agreement and halt the team's $2 billion sale, the chief financial officer for Sterling's properties testified Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Amazon Says High Court Case Will Affect Calif. Wages Claims

    Amazon.com Inc. told a Kentucky federal judge on Friday that an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether employees deserve pay for time spent passing through security checks will “absolutely” affect wage claims brought against Amazon by California warehouse workers.

  • July 21, 2014

    Jones Day Guides CBS Outdoor On $690M Billboard Buy

    Billboard leasing giant CBS Outdoor Americas Inc. is buying more than 1,000 billboards from Van Wagner Communications LLC for $690 million, just days after CBS Outdoor began operating as a real estate investment trust, the companies announced Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    The Biggest California Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report

    The California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit issued sweeping decisions in the first half of the year that will spur employers to put class action waivers in their arbitration agreements with workers, guide litigants on the use of statistical sampling in class actions and guarantee that bloggers enjoy the same free-speech rights as traditional journalists.

  • July 21, 2014

    Chicago Cubs Sue Over Brawling Knockoff Mascots

    The Chicago Cubs lodged a trademark infringement lawsuit late Friday against a group of unauthorized Cub mascots who the ball club says have been “lurking” around Wrigley Field, hustling fans for money and even getting into ugly bar brawls.

  • July 21, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Husch Blackwell’s Jim Ash

    I remember a multinational transaction that required a majority of the board of directors to take control from recalcitrant management. I felt like Henry Kissinger as I was asked to engage in shuttle diplomacy back and forth, says Jim Ash of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • July 18, 2014

    Ex-NFL Players Say Union Conspired To Hide Trauma Risks

    Two former professional football players hit the National Football League Players Association and three of its former presidents with a proposed class action in Missouri federal court Thursday, accusing the defendants of conspiring to actively conceal evidence linking traumatic brain injuries to long-term neurological problems.

  • July 18, 2014

    Sterling Can't Use HIPAA To Defeat Alzheimer's Testimony

    Donald Sterling can't use medical privacy laws to strike doctors' testimony that he has Alzheimer's disease — key evidence in his wife's probate suit to take control of the Los Angeles Clippers on grounds that Sterling is mentally incapable — a California judge ruled Friday.

  • July 18, 2014

    Sony, Warner Get Amway 'Copyright Ambush' Suit Trimmed

    A Florida federal judge on Friday threw out Amway Corp.'s claims that Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group Corp. conspired to interfere with UMG Recordings Inc.'s agreement to notify Amway of any copyright violations by Amway distributors, finding Sony and Warner were part of that agreement.

  • July 18, 2014

    Creditors Blast Magazine Wholesaler's $24M Sale Plan

    The creditors committee in Source Home Entertainment LLC's bankruptcy balked Thursday over the magazine wholesaler's $24 million sale plan for its retail display business, arguing that it's too rushed and claiming that the stalking horse bidder in the asset sale is actually a controlling insider.

  • July 18, 2014

    Skadden Reps Asian Investors In Forbes Majority-Stake Buy

    Money management magazine and website company Forbes Media LLC said Friday it has sold a majority stake of itself to a consortium of Asian investors lead by Hong Kong private equity investment firm Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Ltd.

  • July 18, 2014

    Young Jeezy, Hells Angels Bury 'Death Head' Trademark Row

    A California federal judge signed off Friday on a joint dismissal bid between the Hells Angels motorcycle club and the clothing line of rapper Young Jeezy in their trademark dispute over the gang's "Death Head" logo, after the parties agreed to settle the dispute in May.

Expert Analysis

  • VIDEO: Lacoste North America CEO Discusses US Market

    Anthony Lupo

    Shedding light on the lifestyle brand’s strategic initiatives in the U.S., as well as real estate law and the importance of Fifth Avenue, Lacoste North America president and CEO Francis Pierrel sat down for a video interview with Anthony Lupo, co-chairman of Arent Fox's IP practice and chairman of the firm's fashion, luxury goods and retail group.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Can A Domain Name Trump Trademark Rights?

    Roberta Horton

    Courts seemingly have not faced a domain name registrant’s claims to enjoin use of a subsequently adopted trademark. Yet, there is hope for the registrant. By using the name prominently to distinguish goods and services, and seeking federal registration, the domain name holder should make a good case for prevailing in a dispute with a junior trademark user, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.

  • Updated E-Rate Program Requires Anti-Fraud Vigilance

    Timothy A. Westrick

    As with arguably all governmental programs, the resources of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program are subject to potential fraud — it has in fact been victimized repeatedly in the recent past by some applicants, consultants and contractors, says Timothy Westrick, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Crucial Predictive Coding Case Law: Progressive V. Delaney

    Emily Cobb

    Any practitioner considering predictive coding should fully consider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s reasoning in Progressive Casualty Insurance v. Delaney and the potential pitfalls associated with failure to consistently cooperate, say Emily Cobb and Annamaria Enenajor of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.

  • A Victory For State Anti-SLAPP Laws

    Laura Prather

    With no federal anti-SLAPP statute on the books and a circuit split on whether state anti-SLAPP statutes are procedural or substantive, a recent Southern District of Texas opinion applying the Texas Citizens Participation Act provides a boost to the effectiveness of state anti-SLAPP laws everywhere, say Laura Prather and Alicia Calzada of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Pitfalls Of Intent-To-Use Trademark Applications

    Bobby Ghajar

    Companies acquiring trademarks in mergers and acquisitions must beware of potential problems — such as improper assignments — lurking with "intent-to-use" trademark applications, or applications which started as ITU applications, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.