Media & Entertainment

  • November 26, 2014

    Calif. Appeals Court Says Intrafirm Docs Are Protected

    A California appellate court on Tuesday overturned an order that Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP must produce documents in a malpractice suit stemming from a privacy row against the Daily Mail tabloid, saying attorney-client privilege applies to communications within a firm about a client, even if the client later sues the firm.

  • November 26, 2014

    EU Regulators Push Google To Scrub Results From All Domains

    Europe’s privacy regulators said Wednesday that search engines such as Google Inc. must delete links to contested search results on a global basis and not just from EU domains in order to comply with a recent high court ruling that sanctioned users' right to request the deletion.

  • November 26, 2014

    EE Confirms It Is 2nd Big-Ticket Mobile Target For BT

    The parents of EE on Wednesday confirmed the British mobile giant is the second big-ticket takeover target in the crosshairs of BT PLC, the deal-hungry cable company that earlier in the week said it was weighing a $10 billion-plus play for another British wireless provider.

  • November 25, 2014

    Top Caesars Creditors Allege 'Brazen' Asset-Stripping

    A bondholder trustee filed a lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday calling for the appointment of a receiver to unwind the “unimaginably brazen corporate looting” of a Caesars subsidiary near-certain to enter bankruptcy under an $18.4 billion debt load.

  • November 25, 2014

    9th Circ. Reinstates Ex-Miss Montana's Fraud Conviction

    The Ninth Circuit has reinstated the mail fraud conviction of a former Miss Montana in connection with insurance coverage for a $15,000-per-month temporary house rental, saying Monday that her representations as to her standard of living constituted “material misrepresentations” to insurance company Chubb Corp.

  • November 25, 2014

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Gibson Dunn's Orin Snyder

    As the litigator whom Facebook Inc.'s and Twitter Inc.'s founders go to when they need to defend their stakes in major ventures, Gibson Dunn’s Orin Snyder leads the pack where media and technology converge, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • November 25, 2014

    Revel Appeals Order To Let AC Collect $33M In Unpaid Taxes

    Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel has appealed an order issued by a federal bankruptcy judge earlier this month allowing the resort city to collect about $33 million in unpaid property taxes owed by the bankrupt casino through the sale of a tax lien.

  • November 25, 2014

    Feds Want Tribe's Gaming Tax Suit Nixed

    The federal government on Tuesday asked a Florida federal judge to dismiss a suit by Miccosukee tribal members who claim their distributions from gaming proceeds are exempt from federal income tax.

  • November 25, 2014

    Atlantic City's $22M Tax Sale Deal With Trump Casinos OK'd

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday signed off on a deal between Atlantic City and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. to auction off tax certificates for $22 million the city claims it is owed, but allows the casino operator to appeal the amounts for the past year.

  • November 25, 2014

    $300M DC Stadium Plan Moves Forward Without Akridge Deal

    Two D.C. Council committees voted Tuesday to push forward a complex public-private partnership plan for a proposed $300 million soccer stadium, but only after nixing a promised land swap deal with developer Akridge.

  • November 25, 2014

    Comparing Climatologist To Molester Called Protected Speech

    Prominent climatologist Michael Mann can't bring a defamation suit against two conservative writers who called him “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science” and said his famed global warming study "molested” data, attorneys for the writers told the D.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday, arguing that the statements are protected by the First Amendment.

  • November 25, 2014

    QVC Slams Shopping App With Suit Over Website Crash

    Television and online retail giant QVC Inc. sued tech startup Resultly LLC in Pennsylvania federal court Monday, claiming the personalized shopping application violated federal law when its Web crawling program that scans the Internet for product prices allegedly crashed QVC’s website for two days.

  • November 25, 2014

    Dish Can't Make Insurers Cover Patent Dispute, 10th Circ. Says

    A Tenth Circuit panel on Tuesday rejected Dish Network Corp.’s attempt to get its insurers to cover its defense against patent infringement claims brought by billionaire investor Ronald A. Katz over an automated Dish telephone system, ruling the policies didn’t cover injuries related to the broadcasting business.

  • November 25, 2014

    Sony Settles FTC Suit Over Deceptive PlayStation Vita Ads

    Sony Computer Entertainment America on Tuesday agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that its launch advertising campaign touting “game-changing” features on its PlayStation Vita deceived consumers, saying it would offer either $25 in cash or a $50 voucher to eligible purchasers.

  • November 25, 2014

    Samsung Hit With TM Suit Over 'Milk' Streaming Music Service

    Samsung Electronics was sued for trademark infringement in New York federal court Monday by a multimedia firm called Milk Music, which claims Samsung stole its name for the company’s recently launched Milk Music Internet radio service.

  • November 25, 2014

    Morgan Lewis 'Bled' Philly Papers For Fees, Suit Says

    The parent company of Philadelphia’s two major daily newspapers accused Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP on Monday of improperly siding with one faction in a bitter ownership dispute that erupted in court in 2013, resulting in the company being “bled” for more than $800,000 in legal fees.

  • November 25, 2014

    Judge Won't Toss Redskins Trademark Cancellation Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by a group of American Indians to toss a suit brought against them by the Washington Redskins challenging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's ruling that the team's name is disparaging to Native Americans.

  • November 25, 2014

    'Call Of Duty' Trademark Claims Tossed Over Free Speech

    A California federal judge ruled Monday that Activision Blizzard Inc.’s use of a trademark-protected military patch in the video game "Call of Duty" was allowed under the First Amendment, finding that multiplayer games are fully protected expression.

  • November 24, 2014

    FCC Wireless Spectrum Bids Exceed $36B

    Bids on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's auction of wireless spectrum licenses have blown past all presale estimates and keep climbing, hitting a total value above $36 billion as of close of business on Monday.

  • November 24, 2014

    Dr Pepper, Smucker, Altria Have Spinoff Potential: Report

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, J.M. Smucker Co., tobacco giant Altria Group Inc., Time Warner Inc. and toymakers Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. are among 35 S&P 500 companies that Credit Suisse analysts say have the potential to launch spinoffs to create shareholder value.

Expert Analysis

  • Ascertainability Challenge Is Viable Weapon For Defense

    Melody E. Akhavan

    While it remains to be seen after Langendorf v. Skinnygirl Cocktails how high of a burden future courts will place on plaintiffs to prove an administratively feasible method for determining class membership, what is clear is that many courts appear increasingly willing to deny class certification on ascertainability grounds, says Melody Akhavan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Remembering Doar: Justice As A 4-Letter Word

    Kevin J. Curnin

    John Doar ran the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division at perhaps the most chaotic and pivotal time in its history. His passing earlier this month is an occasion for lawyers everywhere to marvel at just how impactful one attorney can be. He didn’t just preside at a historic time, he calmly and coolly shaped it, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • ‘Tis The Season … For Data Breaches And Data Analytics

    Mike Kheyfets

    Last holiday season saw some of the biggest and costliest data breaches in the retail industry’s history. With optimistic forecasts for spending this year, retailers will no doubt once again be in hackers’ crosshairs in the coming month. Implementation of data analytics — an important but sometimes underutilized tool — can assist in all phases of incident management, say economists at Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • What You Should Know About Using Drones In California

    If you are a drone manufacturer, operator or enthusiast in California, you will want to know what’s going on in your city because, in the absence of federal and state law, city governments have taken notice of drone use and are starting to take action. 2015 will be an interesting year for drone law, says Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Differentiate Your Litigation Practice With Data Security

    Jennifer Topper

    Despite the significant tilt toward technology in how litigation is now conducted, many senior lawyers still delegate tech-related issues to e-discovery specialists or associates at their firms. This is a missed opportunity not just for client development, but also for shaping the way the firm and lawyer are seen in the eyes of corporate counsel, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • The Print Room: How To Spend Less And Get More

    Senthil Rajakrishnan

    Our estimates indicate that some law firms spend up to $8,000 per attorney each year on print-related costs. Although we live in a digital world, hard copy printing will remain an important part of business for years to come. Changing technology, however, offers opportunities to improve efficiencies and save money, say Senthil Rajakrishnan and Ryan Mittman of HBR Consulting LLC.

  • Video Privacy Protection Act Could Be The New TCPA

    Behnam Dayanim

    The Video Privacy Protection Act is making itself felt in a recent wave of class actions against media companies such as Hulu LLC, Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Cartoon Network over their alleged disclosure of consumer viewing habits. Importantly, the statute — like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — does not require actual damages, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Dewey Partner Clawback Ruling May Hurt New York Law Firms

    Evan C. Hollander

    Unless the recent ruling in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy case is overturned on appeal or the New York Legislature amends the state’s fraudulent transfer and partnership laws, partners of New York firms will bear greater risk if their firms fail than will members of many non-New York partnerships. This risk factor might even affect decisions by prospective lateral partners about which firms to join, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • What EU Should Focus On In Google Antitrust Investigation

    Nathan Newman

    That Google Inc.’s own executives argue that its control of user data has helped create a self-reinforcing circle that has strengthened its dominance should encourage the European Commission to investigate and limit how Google uses its control of user data to create and extend market power, says Nathan Newman, a research fellow at the New York University Information Law Institute.

  • FAA Drone Guidance Doesn't Advance Congress’ Mandate

    Thomas Gemmell

    While often promoted as a panacea, the Federal Aviation Administration's recent guidelines for petitioning for commercial drone use may in effect run counter to Congress’ mandate that the FAA accelerate integration of such systems into the national airspace system before completion of the integration plan and rulemaking, says Thomas Gemmell of Husch Blackwell LLP.