Media & Entertainment

  • January 23, 2015

    Major Caesars Lenders Sue To Block Restructuring Plan

    An informal committee of senior bank lenders holding more than half of the $5.4 billion in bank debt owed by Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s operating unit launched an adversary proceeding Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court in their latest attempt to block its restructuring.

  • January 23, 2015

    Google Ruling Won't End Video Privacy Class Actions

    A New Jersey federal judge's recent dismissal of Video Privacy Protection Act claims against Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. is likely to provide relief to companies that collect information that can't be directly linked to their users, but it won't stop plaintiffs from wielding the privacy statute to go after businesses that take steps to attach an identity to the data they have collected.

  • January 23, 2015

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP was involved in the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year, including the NFL's $12 billion Sunday Ticket pact with DirecTV, and helped seal Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, making it a Law360 Media and Entertainment Group of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Dow Jones Beats Privacy Suit Over On-Demand Video IDs

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday nixed a proposed class action claiming Dow Jones & Co. violated the Video Privacy Protection Act by collecting and sharing consumers' data, saying that the machine serial numbers it gathered aren't personally identifiable information.

  • January 23, 2015

    Cablevision Brass Urges Chancery To Toss 'Nepotism' Claims

    Cablevision Systems Corp. brass asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday to throw out a derivate lawsuit alleging that the company’s stock value has been diluted by "nepotism run amok" from the controlling Dolan family, arguing that the suing shareholder has no support for any of his claims.

  • January 23, 2015

    Brand Battles: RCA, Warner Bros., Asiago Cheese

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, two remnants of once-proud electronics company RCA continue to duke it out over the famous name, Warner Bros. cites a trademark-protected quote from "The Wizard of Oz," and the official Italian trade group behind "Asiago" fights back after the name is deemed a generic type of cheese.

  • January 23, 2015

    $8M Bin Laden Book Malpractice Suit Fails, Attys Say

    An $8 million legal malpractice suit that a military memoirist has lobbed in New York against Carson Boxberger LLP over his book about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden is based on “sheer speculation" and should be thrown out, the firm said on Friday.

  • January 23, 2015

    Jury Acquits Ex-CIA Agent On 1 Count, Leaks Case Continues

    A Virginia federal jury Wednesday acquitted a former CIA agent who allegedly leaked government secrets to a New York Times reporter of mail fraud, while the agent argued in a brief filed Friday that venue for the remaining nine counts cannot lie in the state’s Eastern District.

  • January 23, 2015

    Hulu Viewers Say Actual Knowledge Preserves Privacy Claims

    Consumers pursuing a class action accusing Hulu LLC of illegally sharing their personal data fired back at the video streaming service on Thursday, urging a California federal judge to preserve their remaining claims because Hulu had actual knowledge the information would be disclosed to Facebook Inc.

  • January 23, 2015

    Apollo's Handling Of Caesars Ch. 11 Threatens Presidio Deal

    Apollo Global Management LLC kicked off a $10 billion bankruptcy fight for its troubled Caesars Entertainment Corp. just last week, but debt investors are already fighting back in another arena: the debt financing package backing another Apollo buyout.

  • January 23, 2015

    Moody's Cuts Atlantic City Bond Rating After NJ Takeover

    The state takeover of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s finances drastically raises the risk of investor losses on $344 million in long-term municipal debt, a ratings agency said Friday while lowering the fallen resort city’s credit profile deeper into junk territory.

  • January 23, 2015

    Aereo Says Broadcasters Are Trying To Stifle Its Asset Sale

    Defunct Aereo Inc. on Thursday accused the broadcasters who vanquished the would-be internet television pioneer of overkill by seeking to sabotage its upcoming Chapter 11 auction, even though Aereo has ceased all commercial operations for good.

  • January 23, 2015

    Google, Others Renew Push For Digital Privacy Law Reform

    Google Inc., Twitter Inc. and other tech companies, joined by public policy and civil liberties groups, pushed lawmakers on Thursday to strengthen digital privacy laws, urging Congress in a letter to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to better protect personal information stored in the cloud.

  • January 23, 2015

    SkyMall In-Flight Retailer Crashes Into Ch. 11

    The company behind the iconic SkyMall in-flight shopping catalogs succumbed to new technologies and rules that now let airline passengers keep their noses buried in smartphones and laptops instead, filing for bankruptcy on Thursday with plans to sell off a scaled-down version of its business.

  • January 23, 2015

    5-Hour Energy Makers Can't Dump False Ad MDL

    A California federal judge on Thursday again trimmed an amended class suit accusing the makers of 5-Hour Energy drinks of false advertising, finally tossing the plaintiffs' fraud-based claims about the products' television advertisements and state claims asserting breaches of warranty but allowing certain other warranty claims to proceed.

  • January 23, 2015

    Wis. Gov. Rejects Menominee Tribe, Hard Rock's $808M Casino

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rejected on Friday a controversial $808 million casino resort proposed by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and Hard Rock, marking the latest twist in a series of interconnecting issues between the state and its Indian communities.

  • January 23, 2015

    Rolls-Royce Targets Rapper Royce Rizzy In Trademark Suit

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. is suing Georgia rapper Royce Rizzy, formerly known as Rolls Royce Rizzy, for trademark infringement in New Jersey federal court claiming his stage name and apparel sold on his website infringe and dilute the automaker's “famous and distinctive” mark.

  • January 23, 2015

    Google, Apple, Sony Hit Over Pre-1972 Songs

    Apple Inc., Google Inc, Sony Corp. and several other providers of online radio are now facing the same problem Sirius XM has for more than a year: class actions claiming they're illegally refusing to pay for pre-1972 recordings.

  • January 22, 2015

    Nike Ripped Off Jordan ‘Jumpman’ Logo, Photographer Says

    A former photographer for Life magazine on Thursday hurled a copyright infringement suit at Nike Inc. in Oregon federal court, accusing the footwear giant of making its own copycat version of his photo of Michael Jordan, which has since become the iconic “Jumpman” logo for the company.

  • January 22, 2015

    Disney Unlikely To Duck Background Check Suit, Judge Says

    A California judge Thursday tentatively ruled to keep alive a putative class action alleging The Walt Disney Co. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using criminal background check reports to make employment decisions without providing copies to applicants, saying the plaintiffs presented sufficient questions of fact.

Expert Analysis

  • Is D&O Coverage An Asset During Data Breaches?

    Sabrina N. Guenther

    While there have so far been no reported cases regarding the application of directors and officers policies to class actions arising out of data breaches, D&O policies are designed to cover acts that directors and officers perform in their jobs and the allegations in the Target Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and other lawsuits fall directly within that purpose, say Matthew Jacobs and Sabrina Guenther of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • China's Draft Foreign Investment Guidance Is Encouraging

    Woon-Wah Siu

    The draft of China's new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue lifts restrictions on foreign investment in dozens of service and general manufacture industries and would relax Chinese ownership requirements. Although foreign investors still would have to operate in some of these industries through Sino-foreign joint ventures, control by the Chinese partners would no longer be required, say Woon-Wah Siu and Liang Tao of Pillsbury Wi... (continued)

  • A Data Security Checklist For Companies Hiring Law Firms

    Jenn Topper

    We trust our law firms with huge amounts of data, whether in or out of discovery, investigations or litigation. All too often, we have relied on privilege, confidentiality and attorney ethics as a proxy for data protection and information security. But in fact, law firms ought to be held to a much more stringent standard — and in-house counsel would be wise to begin with a number of specific inquiries, says legal industry consultan... (continued)

  • Don't Underestimate The Copyright Trolls

    Jorge Espinosa

    Despite the negative publicity and the obvious resistance by some courts, we are likely to continue to see a stream of cases by alleged “copyright trolls,” says Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba PL.

  • What Legal Departments Can Expect If Buying Into E-Billing

    David Houlihan

    Recent interviews with law departments in eight companies — ranging from $600 million to $70 billion in annual revenue, and spanning the financial services, telecommunications, hospitality, software and discrete manufacturing industries — reveals that e-billing and "spend management solutions" offer some of the clearer business cases for technology investment by an organization’s legal department, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • Top 10 Trade Secrets Developments Of 2014: Part 2

    Randy Kahnke

    While the world of patentable subject matter shrinks, the world of trade secret protection may be expanding, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Watch For 8 First Amendment Legal Issues In 2015

    David Urban

    This will likely be a standout year for new developments in First Amendment law, with federal appellate courts ruling on issues surrounding individuals' speech on social media, the First Amendment rights of government entities and speech by public employees, among others, says David Urban of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.

  • Mobile Wi-Fi Bumps Up Against NIMBY

    Timothy D. Kevane

    The Marriott International mobile hotspot-jamming matter illustrates a growing tension between consumers’ ability to create their own Wi-Fi networks and the ability of facility hosts to protect and securely manage their own networks. It remains to be seen when and how the Federal Communications Commission will resolve these competing interests, says Timothy Kevane of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Sports Precedents Die Hard In 9th Circ.

    Ron Katz

    The Ninth Circuit’s reluctance to diverge from or limit precedent in the San Jose antitrust case against Major League Baseball could well be bad news for the college athlete plaintiffs in the O’Bannon case that is currently also pending before the Ninth Circuit, says Ron Katz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Kimble V. Marvel — A Tangled Web Of Patent Licensing

    Adam Daniels

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises Inc., thus opening the door to review of its holdings in Brulotte that royalty agreements projecting payments beyond the expiration date of a patent are unlawful per se patent misuse. Overturning Brulotte or revising its unyielding per se standard could affect rates of post-expiration patent royalties, says Adam Daniels of Novak Druce Connolly Bove Quigg LLP.