Media & Entertainment

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    Court Urged To Chuck EB-5 Suit Over Guarantees

    A man who ran an EB-5 regional center company but was later indicted has asked a South Dakota court to dismiss a case from several individuals and a company involved in a casino project who are trying to void guarantees related to a loan, saying that a similar lawsuit has already been filed.

  • December 1, 2016

    Wu-Tang Clan Hit With $2.5M Royalty Suit By Member U-God

    A founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan is suing the rap group in New York court for not paying him his fair share of royalties, including from a rare one-off album infamously auctioned to pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.

  • December 1, 2016

    Law Firm That Sued Ex-Client For Bad Review Hit With Fees

     A Texas judge last week sided with a woman who had been sued by her former attorneys after posting negative reviews about their services on Yelp and Facebook, tossing the case and ordering The Law Offices of Tuan A. Khuu & Associates pay about $27,000 in attorney's fees.

  • December 1, 2016

    Chrome Maker Showed Good Faith In Enviro Row, Judge Says

    A New Jersey state judge on Wednesday ruled that a chrome manufacturer tasked with an environmental contamination cleanup can have access to its former Hudson County property, but that a court will have to determine the terms of the remediation arrangement with the parcel’s new owner.

  • December 1, 2016

    DirecTV Slams FTC's 'Tactical' Sanctions Bid In False Ad Suit

    DirecTV pushed back on Thursday against the Federal Trade Commission’s bid for sanctions in a case over allegedly deceptive sales practices by the satellite TV company in California federal court, claiming the request is “transparently tactical.”

  • December 1, 2016

    'Idol' Contestant's Radar Online Libel Suit Canned On Appeal

    A California appeals court on Wednesday tossed former “American Idol” contestant Corey Clark’s suit alleging gossip site Radar Online defamed him in an article about his dismissal from the show, ruling Clark never showed any evidence that he was defamed.

  • December 1, 2016

    Facebook's Patent Indefiniteness Win Stays Put

    A Massachusetts federal judge refused Thursday to reconsider his finding that two claims in a patent asserted against Facebook Inc. were invalid as indefinite, saying the claims were not tied to a specific algorithm that gives instructions for how to perform their software functions.

  • December 1, 2016

    FCC Warned To Act Now On Open Internet Transparency Relief

    The Federal Communications Commission must extend relief for small businesses from heightened transparency rules in the 2015 Open Internet Order that will otherwise expire on Dec. 15, four trade associations have told the agency, saying they will otherwise face unnecessary obligations.

  • December 1, 2016

    Baseball Analyst Seeks Review For Gawker Defamation Claim

    A New York bankruptcy judge Thursday reserved judgment on lifting a stay to let baseball analyst Mitch Williams challenge a New Jersey state court's award of judgment to Gawker Media LLC over his $50 million defamation claim, requesting transcripts from the case to help determine if the claim is precluded.

  • December 1, 2016

    Mr. Brainwash Loses IP Claims Against Las Vegas Festival

    A Las Vegas music festival called “Life is Beautiful” can escape claims by artist Mr. Brainwash that it infringed on his heart designs and “Life is Beautiful” trademark, as a California federal judge ruled Wednesday the artist engaged in inequitable conduct by registering trademarks that cited items he never sold.

  • December 1, 2016

    Wilkinson Barker Adds Former FCC Legal Adviser

    Communications and energy law-focused Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP announced the hiring Thursday of 10-year Federal Communications Commission veteran Lynne M. Montgomery, who joins the firm most recently from a position as legal adviser for the agency's Media Bureau chief.

  • December 1, 2016

    B&N Says Revamped Data Breach Suit Still Fails

    Barnes & Noble Inc. urged an Illinois federal court Wednesday to toss a proposed class action over a data breach once and for all, arguing that the book buyers still haven’t managed to demonstrate a sufficient injury despite revamping their claims several times.

  • December 1, 2016

    Unsealed Amazon Docs Coming In $1.5B Transfer Pricing Row

    More than two dozen documents in a yearslong, $1.5 billion transfer pricing row between Amazon.com Inc. and IRS could soon see the light of day, after the U.S. Tax Court ordered the records' release Tuesday amid prodding from Guardian News & Media LLC.

  • December 1, 2016

    Lego Developer Accuses Ex-Partner Of Toppling Joint Project

    The co-developer of the architecture line of Lego products alleged on Wednesday in Illinois federal court that its supposed partner in a separate effort to develop a Lego roller coaster set breached their agreement to work on the idea together when it pursued the concept on its own.

  • November 30, 2016

    Zynga Accuses Former Employees Of Trade Secret Theft

    Zynga Inc. accused two former high-level workers and their new employer of stealing confidential data from the online social game maker in a lawsuit filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • November 30, 2016

    Calif. Tribal Casino Slams Union's Bid To Whittle Brief

    A California tribal casino urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to reject a union’s bid to strike large parts of the casino’s opening brief challenging a National Labor Relations Board decision on its employment practices, saying the request goes far beyond removing factual assertions to try to gut the casino’s legal arguments.

  • November 30, 2016

    UK's Spying Bill Complicates Fate Of Data Transfer Deals

    A controversial British surveillance bill that requires telecoms to retain records like user browser history for a full year cleared its final hurdle Tuesday, teeing up an almost certain court battle over the breadth of the act's data retention mandate and throwing another wrench into efforts by the U.K. to hammer out international data transfer deals independent of the European Union.

  • November 30, 2016

    Game Over For Rapper In YouTube Assault Case

    A California judge on Tuesday granted terminating sanctions against a rapper known as The Game for disobeying a discovery order in a suit alleging he beat up a rival hip-hop artist and uploaded video of the attack to YouTube.

  • November 30, 2016

    'Walking Dead' Creator Loses Trademark Liability Ruling

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by the creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series and hit TV show to hold four entrepreneurs liable for trademark infringement over their plans to open a restaurant and sell merchandise, leaving it up to a jury to resolve the dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • What Is 'Public Interest' Under California Anti-SLAPP Law?

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    Under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, a court may strike causes of action arising from defendants’ exercise of free speech rights concerning matters of "public interest." But because the statute does not define "public interest," California courts have construed it in varying ways. The California Supreme Court may soon provide guidance, say Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • Stormy Seas For Indenture Trustees

    Karol K. Denniston

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge in the case of Caesars Entertainment recently denied payment of indenture trustee Wilmington Trust’s attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with the debtors’ motion to approve a settlement. The strict interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code in this case will hamper the timing and implementation of settlements with bondholders in large, complex cases, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Emerging Sports — A Decathlon Of Legal, Business Issues

    Brian R. Socolow

    While you may never have heard of rugby sevens or drone racing, these and many other emerging sports generate tens of billions of dollars annually. These new games regularly face challenges around leadership and organizational structures, intellectual property protection, and television and broadcast rights, among others, says Brian Socolow of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Venue Choices

    Alan Rothman

    A critical — and arguably the least predictable — facet of the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the selection of the venue for a new MDL proceeding. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s reasoning for its selection of particular venues, as well as arguments advanced by the parties, over the past year.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • FinCEN Cybercrime Advisory Expands SAR Requirements

    Carlton Greene

    Some of the expectations in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued cybercrime advisory are likely to be new to most financial institutions, and have the potential to increase suspicious activity reporting burdens substantially, both by expanding the types of events that must be reported and by expanding the types of information that must be gathered, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • Why DOJ Is Right To Appeal BMI Consent Decree Ruling

    , Law Offices of David Balto

    U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton’s BMI decision has shown that the U.S. Department of Justice's consent decree enforcement might be more fragile than we hope, and should the DOJ not prevail on its recently announced appeal to the Second Circuit, we may see further erosion of the DOJ’s tools in enforcing the antitrust laws, says David Balto, a former trial attorney in the DOJ's Antitrust Division.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.