Media & Entertainment

  • July 30, 2014

    Time Warner Unit Dodges Antitrust Suit Over Cable-Box Tying

    A Time Warner Inc. subsidiary on Tuesday escaped a proposed antitrust class action accusing the cable operator of illegally tying cable box rentals to its premium cable services, with a Kentucky federal judge finding that the plaintiffs hadn't provided enough evidence of the alleged practice.

  • July 30, 2014

    DreamWorks Says SEC Investigating 'Turbo' Write-Downs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into how DreamWorks Animation SKG handled accounting around one of its films released last year, the film studio disclosed Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2014

    Ex-News Of The World Editors Charged In Phone Hack Sting

    British prosecutors on Wednesday charged two more former editors at defunct tabloid News of the World as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. media empire.

  • July 29, 2014

    5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed In $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Row

    A New York Times reporter and at least four other food reporters have been subpoenaed in the $1.2 billion suit accusing American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. and journalist Diane Sawyer of defaming a beef trimmings maker by referring to its product as “pink slime,” according to reports on Tuesday.

  • July 29, 2014

    NCAA's $75M Deal Shortchanges Players, Judge Told

    The NCAA’s freshly minted $75 million settlement of student-athlete concussion litigation prompted an immediate backlash Tuesday from some plaintiffs’ attorneys, with one telling an Illinois federal judge that the deal lets the NCAA dodge billions of dollars in liability while doing nothing for players who were actually injured.

  • July 29, 2014

    Facebook Hit With $123M 'Revenge Porn' Suit Over Fake Pics

    Facebook Inc. has been hit with a $123 million "revenge porn" lawsuit in Texas state court by a Facebook user who says her former friend posted doctored photos depicting sexual acts, without her knowledge or consent, "to the Facebook world of 1.23 billion subscribers worldwide."

  • July 29, 2014

    Patent ‘Troll’ Accuses Adam Carolla Of Spurning Podcast Deal

    Personal Audio LLC on Tuesday threw some punches at comedian and star podcaster Adam Carolla, accusing him of soliciting money from fans to cover legal fees even though the podcast patent-holding company had agreed to dismiss its patent infringement suit against him.

  • July 29, 2014

    5th Circ. Axes Texas Bingo Law Limiting Political Speech

    The Fifth Circuit said Monday that a Texas law that prevents charities from spending money raised through bingo games on political lobbying imposes an impermissible restriction on free speech.

  • July 29, 2014

    Gawker Not Covered For Hogan Sex Tape Row, Insurer Says

    Nautilus Insurance Co. has slammed Gawker Media LLC with a suit to recover costs it paid to defend the website against privacy and copyright allegations made by Hulk Hogan over Gawker's publication of a leaked sex tape and an associated article, saying the policy excluded Hogan's claims.

  • July 29, 2014

    Chase Beats Rocker Rundgren's Mortgage Suit In 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday tossed '70s rocker Todd Rundgren's suit contending JPMorgan Chase Bank NA is liable for defunct Washington Mutual Bank FA's allegedly fraudulent handling of his $3 million mortgage, saying the musician failed to exhaust his administrative remedies before suing.

  • July 29, 2014

    Affinity Gaming Ends Shareholder Feud With Board Change

    Casino owner Affinity Gaming has agreed to reshuffle its board of directors in order to dismiss pending shareholder litigation over its implementation of alleged “poison pill” provisions to keep certain private equity shareholders from taking control, according to a Monday statement.

  • July 29, 2014

    Delaware Says Gift Card Suit Belongs In State Court

    The Delaware Department of Justice on Monday doubled down on its efforts to remand back to state court a lawsuit seeking unclaimed gift card balances, rejecting claims raised by Netflix Inc., Overstock.com Inc. and others that the complaint implicates federal jurisdiction.

  • July 29, 2014

    Sens. McCain, Flake Move To Stop Controversial Indian Casino

    Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, have introduced legislation prohibiting the building of any new Indian gaming operation in the Phoenix metro area, in a move that would block construction of a controversial casino by the Tohono O'odham Nation, the senators announced Monday.

  • July 29, 2014

    Pa. GC To Hire Outside Counsel For Foxwoods Casino Case

    The Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel said Monday that it will hire an outside law firm to defend the state in a case brought by the operator of the defunct Foxwoods casino, since the attorney general and the general counsel declined to take the case.

  • July 29, 2014

    NCAA Agrees To $75M Settlement In Concussion Injury MDL

    The NCAA agreed Tuesday to establish a $70 million medical monitoring fund and set aside an additional $5 million for concussion research to settle claims in multidistrict litigation brought by former student-athletes who accuse the organization of failing to address injuries arising from football, basketball and other high-contact sports. 

  • July 28, 2014

    FTC, Ireland Urged To Curb Facebook's Expanded Ad Tracking

    A coalition of U.S. and European consumer advocates on Tuesday pushed the Federal Trade Commission and the Irish privacy regulator to block Facebook Inc. from gathering users' web browsing activities to better target advertisements, arguing the planned data collection expansion would violate the site's previous privacy commitments.

  • July 28, 2014

    Employment Law Firm Again Sued Over Sex Harassment Video

    An unnamed journalist who claimed in a copyright and privacy suit that Bernabei & Wachtel PLLC publicly shared a video she took of her supervisor's alleged sexual harassment in order to bolster a separate case renewed her claims in D.C. federal court Monday, months after the dismissal of her D.C. Superior Court suit.

  • July 28, 2014

    'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Says Judge Can't Jail Him

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis told a California bankruptcy court on Monday that he should not be jailed after the judge found him in contempt for entering the offices of his bankrupt company, arguing the court couldn't lawfully hand down such a sanction.

  • July 28, 2014

    Warner 'Happy Birthday' Rights Letters Privileged, Judge Says

    A California federal magistrate judge ruled Friday that the plaintiff in a putative class action alleging a Warner Music Group Corp. unit's copyright for “Happy Birthday to You” is bunk can't see decades-old letters detailing the song's copyright history because they are protected by attorney-client privilege.

  • July 28, 2014

    Donald Sterling Loses Clippers Fight As Judge OKs $2B Sale

    Shelly Sterling had authority to seize control of the Los Angeles Clippers from her husband, Donald Sterling, and can complete her $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a California probate judge tentatively ruled Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Risks Posed By Anonymous Social Apps

    Susan McLean

    Users of new social media apps like Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak should not be lulled into a false sense of security simply because these apps purport to be anonymous — they may even be riskier than traditional social media platforms because anonymity may create an environment where users feel free to behave recklessly, says Susan McLean of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Death Rattle For Unfinished Business Claims?

    Angelo G. Savino

    In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Redskins Ruling Is Consistent With TTAB Precedent

    Patricia Cotton

    While the highly publicized Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision canceling trademark registrations used by the Washington Redskins has taken some by surprise, the holding is in line with several recent TTAB decisions involving the registration of disparaging marks — decisions that received far less media attention, says Patricia Cotton of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 6th Circ. Errs In Conflating Primary With Excess Insurance

    Richard C. Mason

    The Sixth Circuit’s IMG Worldwide v. Westchester Fire Insurance Co. decision needlessly eliminates consumer choice — and promises to increase declaratory judgments by excess insurers who heretofore had not needed to preemptively involve the courts, says Richard Mason, co-chairman of Cozen O’Connor PC's professional liability insurance coverage and reinsurance practices.

  • VIDEO: Lacoste North America CEO Discusses US Market

    Anthony Lupo

    Shedding light on the lifestyle brand’s strategic initiatives in the U.S., as well as real estate law and the importance of Fifth Avenue, Lacoste North America president and CEO Francis Pierrel sat down for a video interview with Anthony Lupo, co-chairman of Arent Fox's IP practice and chairman of the firm's fashion, luxury goods and retail group.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Can A Domain Name Trump Trademark Rights?

    Roberta Horton

    Courts seemingly have not faced a domain name registrant’s claims to enjoin use of a subsequently adopted trademark. Yet, there is hope for the registrant. By using the name prominently to distinguish goods and services, and seeking federal registration, the domain name holder should make a good case for prevailing in a dispute with a junior trademark user, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.