Media & Entertainment

  • July 22, 2016

    DirecTV Programming Not 'Data' Under Exclusion, Court Says

    Axis Insurance Co. must cover a television provider's costs to defend a lawsuit alleging it provided unauthorized access to DirecTV programming, a Maryland federal judge ruled Friday, holding that a policy exclusion for unapproved use of data doesn't apply because the programming doesn't fit the policy's definition of data.

  • July 22, 2016

    FTC, DirecTV Battle Over Deposing Co.'s Counsel

    The Federal Trade Commission told a California federal court Friday that DirecTV’s counsel should be deposed in a false ad suit because his testimony is “highly relevant,” but the company resisted, saying the agency is seeking privileged information.

  • July 22, 2016

    Shearman & Sterling Account Held Stolen Funds, Feds Say

    The U.S. Department of Justice claims that more than $1 billion in assets were acquired with money stolen by corrupt Malaysian officials from a state-owned investment fund and that illicit funds were moved through a Shearman & Sterling LLP trust account.

  • July 22, 2016

    Consensus Still Lacking In FCC's Set-Top Box Debate

    Discussions between the Federal Communications Commission and industry stakeholders over a proposal to increase competition for pay-TV boxes have moved the agency closer to a final plan, but the commission may still have a ways to go before reaching a real consensus, experts say.

  • July 22, 2016

    Dr. Phil's Co. Sued Over Harassment, Hostile Workplace

    An executive assistant for Dr. Phil’s production company said he witnessed dozens of sexual interactions between his bosses and numerous women, saying the unwanted harassing conduct was so severe that it created a hostile work environment, according to a $5 million suit filed in Los Angeles on Friday.

  • July 22, 2016

    Apple, Google Account Hacker Gets 6 Months

    A California federal judge has sentenced an Oregon man to six months in prison for hacking into more than 300 Apple and Google email accounts and lifting explicit photos belonging to female celebrities and others residing in the Los Angeles area, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • July 22, 2016

    Redskins Say Trademark Challenge Merits 4th Circ. Skip

    The Washington Redskins football team recently urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its appeal of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision canceling its registration despite a pending Fourth Circuit challenge of the same decision, saying the issues in its case complement those in another up for high court review.

  • July 22, 2016

    Fox Fights Comcast's Docs Bid In Network Bankruptcy Suit

    Fox Sports Net asked a Texas bankruptcy court Thursday not to make it turn over documents from contract negotiations with the MLB’s Astros and NBA’s Rockets in a suit alleging Comcast intentionally torpedoed the value of a Houston affiliate, saying this request is barred by an earlier court order in the larger proceeding. 

  • July 22, 2016

    Hastings Parent Gets Green Light For Liquidation Sales

    The parent company of Hastings Entertainment Inc. received approval Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court for an $85 million sale of its assets to a liquidating partnership that served as an auction stalking horse bidder.

  • July 22, 2016

    Advocates Press FCC To Keep Newspaper Ownership Rule

    Advocacy group Common Cause told the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to maintain its newspaper broadcast cross-ownership rule, which places restrictions on media ownership, saying that the rule “is as timely and important now as when it was instituted.”

  • July 22, 2016

    Gaming Co. Aims To Duck Sanctions In NHL Team's $1.1M Suit

    An online daily fantasy sports operator made another bid Thursday to avoid sanctions in a $1.1 million contract-breach suit brought by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, trying once again to shield itself from paying a sponsorship settlement by challenging the legality of its very business.

  • July 22, 2016

    Updated Law Of War Manual Emphasizes Reporter Protections

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced the release Friday of an updated version of its massive tome detailing the law of war, with “substantial revisions” to how the manual discusses journalists, including added emphasis on their importance and the need for their protection as civilians.

  • July 22, 2016

    Okla. Sends $27M Tribe Win In Alcohol Tax Suit To 10th Circ.

    The state of Oklahoma on Thursday appealed to the Tenth Circuit a decision by an Oklahoma federal judge handing Citizen Potawatomi Nation a victory in its fight with the state over the tribe's claim for $27 million in tax exemptions for alcohol sales.

  • July 22, 2016

    After Claiming RNC Crown, Trump Snubbed By Queen

    Although Donald Trump has claimed victory in the Republican primary process, he has no friends in the band Queen, who have pulled his rights to play the song “We Are the Champions” after the nominating convention this week.

  • July 22, 2016

    9th Circ. Won't Put Off Ex-Reuters Editor's Hacking Sentence

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday shot down former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys’ bid to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction and two-year sentence on charges that he helped the hacker group Anonymous break into the Los Angeles Times’ website and alter content.

  • July 22, 2016

    Nationals Appeal MLB Arbitration Denial In MASN TV Dispute

    The Washington Nationals asked a New York state appellate court on Thursday to overturn a motion denying the club’s bid to arbitrate a long-running broadcast fee dispute with the Baltimore Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network before a Major League Baseball committee.

  • July 22, 2016

    Hasbro To Face Fox Anchor Publicity Claim Over Hamster Toy

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday told Hasbro Inc. it must face allegations of violating Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner’s right to publicity, saying her exact name used on a mini toy hamster from its Littlest Pet Shop line is enough to plead a violation of right to publicity.

  • July 22, 2016

    WWE Gets Partial Win In Consolidated Concussion Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge handed World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. a partial win in a consolidated action alleging fraud surrounding its handling of concussion risks, declining to reconsider an order keeping one suit by a pair of ex-wrestlers alive but reviving its bid for declaratory judgment against others threatening litigation.

  • July 22, 2016

    4 Ways Employers Can Avoid Pokemon Problems

    Just weeks after its release, smartphone game "Pokemon Go" has become so ubiquitous in pop culture that it already rivals Twitter in terms of daily users, creating a legion of dedicated players — some of whom play on work time on company-issued mobile devices. Here, legal experts explain four pitfalls employers may face from the Pokemon craze and how to sidestep them.

  • July 22, 2016

    Sony Hit With Terms Class Action Over Playstation Websites

    A proposed class of New Jersey gamers has sued Sony Entertainment in federal court, alleging the terms and conditions on the PlayStation websites bind customers to an unfair and illegal contract that waives their consumer protection and warranty rights.

Expert Analysis

  • Microsoft Search Warrant Case Is A Win For Privacy

    Bradley S. Shear

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling that the U.S. Department of Justice may not utilize a U.S. search warrant to access customer data stored overseas is a victory for not only personal privacy rights but also for the theory that people’s rights in the physical world should be extended to the digital world, says attorney Bradley Shear.

  • Catch These 'Pokemon Go' Data Collection Lessons

    Brian H. Lam

    The meteoric rise in popularity of the mobile game "Pokemon Go" provides three key privacy takeaways for would-be application developers and their marketing partners, says Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • The EU-US Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide

    Lisa J. Sotto

    The Privacy Shield — formally adopted last week — is more flexible, more convenient and less costly than other available data transfer mechanisms. Organizations that will derive the most benefit from the Privacy Shield are those that route the majority of their EU-originating personal data from the EU to the U.S., say Lisa Sotto, leader of Hunton & Williams LLP's privacy and cybersecurity practice, and Christopher Hydak.

  • VPN Dilemma: Anonymous Expression Vs. Defamation

    Adam C. Sherman

    The combination of cheap virtual private networks and federal law that protects websites from liability can cause serious problems for victims of online attacks. It will only get worse as VPNs become more popular. This is a situation where technology is outpacing the law, and it needs to be addressed, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • Radio Frequency Identification: The Benefits And Risks

    John F. Stephens

    Radio frequency identification — a next-generation bar code that, when stimulated by a remote reader, sends back information by way of radio waves — has tremendous potential for entertainment companies, retailers and marketing organizations. However, RFID can also create liability for companies that collect, store and disseminate the data provided by these devices, say John Stephens and Kanika Corley of Sedgwick LLP.

  • How To Close A Law Firm — Practically And Ethically

    Janis M. Meyer

    Winding down a law firm is at best stressful, at worst excruciatingly painful, and often carried out as if it were an emergency, rendering the process even more difficult. There are certain common steps that should be on the firm's radar from the moment the decision to dissolve is made, says Janis Meyer, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP who helped oversee Dewey & LeBoeuf's 2012 bankruptcy filing and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.

  • FOIA Reform Offers Easier (But Not More) Access To Gov't Info

    Stephanie Amaru

    While none of the Freedom of Information Act exemptions will change under the recently enacted Freedom of Information Improvement Act, the statute will likely hold federal agencies more accountable to the public in adequately responding to FOIA requests, say Stephanie Amaru and Mark Elliott at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Social Media Privacy Issues In Workplace Investigations

    Marva Deskins Hamilton

    When conducting an investigation, a company may want to examine employees' personal social media accounts. However, since 2012, 23 states have passed legislation prohibiting employers from requiring employees to disclose login information for such profiles. Marva Deskins Hamilton at Faegre Baker Daniels explains how to avoid running afoul of state and federal privacy laws.

  • The Smart Money Is Not Following Traditional Law Firms

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    A recent survey by Deloitte shines a light on where legal delivery is headed. Demand for services is robust, but satisfaction with the incumbent delivery model is low. This disconnect underscores the opportunity for disruption, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.