Media & Entertainment

  • July 2, 2015

    Supreme Court Justices Disclose 2014 Stock Holdings

    Financial disclosures from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday show several justices held stakes in companies involved in cases last year, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who owned at least $250,000 in Time Warner Inc. stock when it was involved in the American Broadcasting Company v. Aereo case.

  • July 2, 2015

    Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial Postponed By Fla. Appeals Court

    A Florida appeals court canceled the July 6 trial date in Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker Media over the publication of his sex tape and an associated article, ruling that the order setting the trial date violated the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

  • July 2, 2015

    Brand Battles: Bayer, Philips, HBO, Red Bull

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Bayer's Phillips' Milk of Magnesia and Koninklijke Philips come to blows, HBO takes on Sling Media over a “Slingshot,” and Red Bull is “red” in the face over soft-drink mark.

  • July 2, 2015

    8th Circ. Urged Not To Rehear $42M NFL Player IP Deal

    The settling plaintiffs in a $42 million settlement between the NFL and nearly 25,000 players over the use of players' likenesses in NFL-sponsored TV shows told the Eighth Circuit on Thursday not to rehear the case, despite several former players’ request for a rehearing.

  • July 2, 2015

    Showdown Looms In 6th Circ. Over NLRB's Tribal Authority

    A recent Sixth Circuit opinion enforcing a National Labor Relations Board decision that struck down anti-union rules at a Michigan tribal casino laid bare the discord among the court's judges on the board's authority over tribal businesses and sets the stage for more fireworks, experts say.

  • July 2, 2015

    2nd Circ.'s Fox, Hearst Rulings Won't Kill Intern Wage Suits

    The Second Circuit's rulings Thursday in intern wage cases against the Hearst Corp. and Fox Entertainment Group Inc. broke new ground, but while some see the decisions as a big win for companies, the appeals court hasn't slammed the door on suits seeking pay for former interns, lawyers say.

  • July 2, 2015

    7th Circ. Affirms State Law In Emmis Corporate Vote Spat

    The Seventh Circuit affirmed Thursday that Emmis Communications Corp. could assert its own corporate voting rights with shares under company control, saying an Indiana federal court had rightly applied state law that allowed the maneuver.

  • July 2, 2015

    1 Year Later: What We've Learned About Aereo

    It's been a whole year since the U.S. Supreme Court declared Aereo Inc.'s unauthorized streaming television service illegal, giving courts time to weigh in on volitional conduct, the compulsory license, and the ruling's carefully-written limits.

  • July 2, 2015

    TV Station Tells FCC To Nix Fine For Showing Sexual Image

    A CBS-affiliate in Virginia on Wednesday called for the Federal Communications Commission to reject or drastically lower the maximum indecency fine proposed against it by the agency’s Enforcement Bureau, saying the amount is “entirely unjustified and excessive.”

  • July 2, 2015

    AT&T Offers Discounted Broadband In FCC Merger Talks

    AT&T Inc. laid out plans for the discounted broadband service for low-income consumers sought by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as the agency reviews the company’s proposed purchase of DirecTV, a filing posted Thursday showed.

  • July 2, 2015

    FCC Asks Video Providers To Paint Market Landscape

    The Federal Communications Commission has plied members of the video content industry to show their hands when it comes to their consumer data, current technologies and business arrangements, as the agency prepares an upcoming report on the state of competition in the video market, according to a comment solicitation released Thursday.

  • July 2, 2015

    Atkinson Andelson Adds Fox Rothschild IP Litigator

    California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo has bolstered its commercial and complex litigation group with the addition of a Fox Rothschild LLP attorney with a specialty in intellectual property law and experience in entertainment, real estate and bankruptcy cases.

  • July 2, 2015

    M&A Boom Soars To Highest First-Half Clip In 8 Years

    Coming off a robust 2014, corporations kicked up their buying spree again in the first half of 2015, led by deal-hungry health care and pharmaceutical companies and buoyed by cheap financing that has fueled the mergers and acquisitions boom to its highest level in eight years.

  • July 2, 2015

    Fox, Hearst Intern Classes Shot Down At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit overturned a trial court decision Thursday that granted grant class and conditional collective action certification to a former unpaid intern in a wage case against Fox Entertainment Group Inc. and upheld a ruling that denied certification in another intern case against the Hearst Corp.

  • July 1, 2015

    Straub Sues Stockton University Over Showboat Dispute

    As the clock ticks toward the would-be $26 million sale of shuttered Showboat Atlantic City, embattled casino buyer Glenn Straub has taken seller Stockton University to state court over confusion on whether the boardwalk property can operate as a casino.

  • July 1, 2015

    Disney Cuts Deal With 4,500 Ex-Workers Over Vacation Pay

    A California judge on Wednesday approved a deal by two units of The Walt Disney Co. ending putative class actions alleging 4,500 resort and theme park workers lost out when the companies miscalculated how much vacation pay exiting workers were owed.

  • July 1, 2015

    EA Says Conflicting Testimony Undermines $4.9M IP Verdict

    Electronic Arts Inc. made another bid in Texas federal court Tuesday to escape a jury’s $4.9 million verdict in a patent infringement case, arguing a key expert offered conflicting testimony and that Uniloc Luxembourg SA secured the verdict through “fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct.”

  • July 1, 2015

    Watchdog Calls For Time Warner Cable Lobbying Disclosures

    A consumer watchdog appeared at Time Warner Cable’s shareholder meeting Wednesday to present the board of directors a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures demanding the company disclose its political spending, especially on campaigns against net neutrality.

  • July 1, 2015

    NHL Head Injury Suit Falls Outside Players' CBA, Judge Told

    The parents of the late National Hockey League “enforcer” Derek Boogaard, who are suing the league over his head injuries and drug addiction, told an Illinois federal court on Tuesday their claims are not preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act because they are based on duties outside of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • July 1, 2015

    Sport Leagues Back Magistrate On Media Patent's Invalidity

    The media arms of three professional sports leagues blasted Affinity Labs of Texas LLC's objections to a magistrate’s recommendation that Affinity's patent suit against the broadcasters be dismissed, telling a Texas federal court Tuesday that the patent is invalid.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Compliance Red Cards After FIFA Scandal

    Jeff Severson

    Sports marketing companies were central to the criminal conduct described in the FIFA indictment, which raises issues about how both sports marketing companies and sponsors can avoid being taken advantage of and steer clear of entering into contracts with organizations that engage in bribery and corruption, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Casinos Can No Longer Gamble On FinCEN Compliance

    Travis Nelson

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's comments at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas and recent enforcement actions against casinos reflect FinCEN’s expectation that casinos and card clubs be held to the same high compliance standards as their much more pervasively regulated bank counterparts, say attorney at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Del. Defines Derivative Standing Of Creditors Committees

    Sharon L. Levine

    Given a recent decision in the Standard Register Chapter 11 case allowing a creditors committee to pursue claims in connection with an acquisition, it now seems likely that in certain cases, a debtor’s officers and directors cannot claim they are justified in deciding not to bring suit against themselves, say Sharon Levine and Anthony De Leo of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Why NJ May Win 3rd Circ. Sports Betting Case

    Daniel Wallach

    New Jersey may hold the upper hand in the sports betting case, based on what unfolded at the oral argument. In contrast to the district court, the Third Circuit signaled strongly that principles of statutory interpretation would dictate the outcome. And this bodes well for New Jersey, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • Music In Politics — Copyright And Lanham Act In The Mix

    Since Frank Sinatra helped John F. Kennedy get elected to the presidency in 1960, every candidate has used popular music to help inspire voters. But the copyright laws and Lanham Act do not give them free rein to use musician’s work without license — and musicians have started to fight back. Entertainment attorney Allen Grodsky explores the trend.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • Anti-SLAPP — A Constitutional Tug-Of-War

    Mitch Langberg

    While intending to protect freedom of speech, some state legislatures are considering or have adopted anti-SLAPP statutes that are blatant infringements on equally important constitutional guarantees. Recently, this played out both in Washington and Nevada, with strikingly different results, says Mitch Langberg of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • The Staggering Breadth Of Chicago's New 'Cloud' Taxes

    Michael J. Wynne

    The city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction, demonstrating that bad times make for bad tax administration. And there are strong arguments that the tax rulings run afoul of provisions in the Federal Telecommunications Act, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and federal and Illinois constitutional limits on taxation, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Brulotte Rule Upheld Despite Suspect Economic Rationale

    Scott Doyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment Inc. is likely to be felt by unsophisticated parties — inventors such as Kimble — who are unfamiliar with how to draft a licensing agreement to avoid Brulotte’s severe restrictions on post-expiration patent royalties. But even sophisticated parties may still feel the bite of the Brulotte rule, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • TCPA Takeaways From Makaron V. GE Security Manufacturing

    Daniel S. Blynn

    The Central District of California decision in Makaron v. GE Security Manufacturing Inc. marks a victory for companies that operate using a dealer or retailer network to distribute their products in a legal area that is a noted favorite for class action plaintiffs' attorneys and provides an example for how companies may avoid vicarious liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, says Daniel Blynn of Venable LLP.