Media & Entertainment

  • August 24, 2016

    Country Singer Wins Atty Fees From Label In Copyright Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday ordered a record label to pay a little more than $15,000 in attorneys’ fees to a country singer whom it sued over copyright infringement, saying the award is merited given the “baseless” nature of the suit.

  • August 24, 2016

    FCC Urged To Waive Cable Box Rule For Small Providers

    A small cable and Internet supplier in Missouri is urging the Federal Communications Commission to exempt smaller pay-TV providers from its broadband plan, claiming that encrypting its cable service in accordance with the rules would burden it with providing cable boxes to all of its TV customers.

  • August 24, 2016

    Jenner & Block Says There's No Conflict In Getty Photos Suit

    A partner at Jenner & Block LLP told a New York federal judge Wednesday that pro bono work his firm did for a woman suing Getty Images US Inc. for allegedly demanding licensing fees for her photos that were donated to the Library of Congress shouldn't stop the firm from representing Getty in the suit.

  • August 24, 2016

    Attys In $300M Boxing Battle Threatened With Sanctions

    Counsel on both sides of a $300 million antitrust suit against boxer Floyd Mayweather's manager were threatened with monetary sanctions Wednesday for failing to adhere to a case management schedule.

  • August 24, 2016

    DOI Wants Redo In Trust Land Fight Over Planned Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday to rethink part of his recent conclusion that the agency was wrong to take land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s planned casino, saying that the scope of the ruling went too far.

  • August 24, 2016

    Caesars Shouldn’t Be Rewarded For Not Talking: Creditors

    Caesars Entertainment creditors pushing to lift the hold on $11 billion in note guarantee litigation against the company’s nondebtor parent painted a picture Wednesday of a company that refuses to discuss a possible out-of-court solution to the parties’ problems, asking an Illinois bankruptcy judge to finally let the creditors have their day in court.

  • August 24, 2016

    Mayors Unite After Internet Autonomy Is Axed By 6th Circ.

    More than three dozen mayors and city leaders sent their “support and solidarity” Wednesday to colleagues in Tennessee and North Carolina who championed municipal broadband autonomy after a key policy adopted by the Federal Communications Commission was struck down by the Sixth Circuit.

  • August 24, 2016

    Charter The Latest Cable Co. To Pan FCC Biz Data Regs

    Charter Communications added its voice to the growing industry chorus crying foul over the Federal Communications Commission's proposed framework of new rules for high-bandwidth business internet services, calling on the agency to scrap the scheme Tuesday.

  • August 24, 2016

    Ariana Grande, Apple Face Songwriter’s Copyright Suit

    A Canadian music producer and songwriter filed a copyright infringement suit against Ariana Grande, Apple Inc. and others alleging the pop singer’s hit 2014 song, “One Last Time,” rips off a song he penned in 2012, according to a suit filed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • August 24, 2016

    Academic Benefits To Hearst Interns Sink FLSA Class Suit

    The tasks performed by a proposed class of interns at various Hearst magazines provided beneficial academic experience and exposure to hands-on training and do not meet a level of employment requiring compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • August 24, 2016

    Law Firm Faces DQ Bid In Animation Studio Ownership Suit

    An animation studio’s investor asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to block a law firm from representing the studio’s CEO in an ownership rights lawsuit, saying the counterclaims the investor filed against him on behalf of the studio creates a conflict because now the firm represents both parties.

  • August 24, 2016

    Juvenile Inmates Sue Fox Over 'Empire' Filming Lockdowns

    A pair of teens held in a Chicago juvenile detention center used to film episodes of the Fox show “Empire” filed a class action suit in Illinois federal court against the broadcaster and the county Wednesday, claiming they were kept from school and activities while the cameras rolled.

  • August 24, 2016

    Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa Sued Over Concert Railing Collapse

    Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation Worldwide Inc. were slapped Wednesday with a negligence lawsuit in Pennsylvania over a collapsed railing that injured fans and event workers during the rappers' "The High Road" tour stop in Camden, New Jersey, earlier this month.

  • August 24, 2016

    Hasbro Trims 'Pony' Toy Trade Secrets Suit, But It Trots On

    A California judge Tuesday ruled that Hasbro had not stolen a toy designer’s idea for glittered snow-globe style toys for its My Little Pony line after passing on her prototypes, but said there was a triable question about whether it misappropriated her marketing advice.

  • August 24, 2016

    The Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission's aggressive agenda has resulted in a flurry of meetings and filings in recent weeks during what is often a quieter period running up to the presidential election, with groups registering particular concern over the FCC's regulatory plans for set-top boxes and the special access market. Here, Law360 looks at the top organizations lobbying the FCC in the past month.

  • August 24, 2016

    Blank Check Co. Files $200M IPO To Pursue Media Deals

    Blank check company Saban Acquisition Corp. filed and set terms Tuesday on a $200 million initial public offering, raising proceeds to hunt for targets in the media and entertainment industries, marking the latest acquisition-minded vehicle to join the IPO pipeline.

  • August 24, 2016

    Judge Dismisses Copyright Fight Over Beatles Documentary

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Sony/ATV Music Publishing and The Beatles' Apple Corp. of unlawfully asserting copyright claims to block a documentary about the Fab Four, after a U.K. court ruled that the film improperly used copyrighted songs.

  • August 24, 2016

    AT&T Tweaks Data Breach Reporting Alternative

    AT&T Inc. has revised its preferred alternative approach to proposed requirements for internet service providers to report data breaches, according to a filing Tuesday that floated a shorter notice period but continued to push back on the privacy rules under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • August 24, 2016

    Glenn Beck’s News Outlet Says Ex-CEO Can't Get Indemnity

    TheBlaze Inc., the news outlet run by Glenn Beck, sued its former CEO Christopher Balfe in Texas state court Monday seeking a declaration it doesn’t have to indemnify the ex-executive in litigation accusing Balfe of mismanaging Beck’s production company.

  • August 24, 2016

    Hallmark Channel Investors Want Appraisal After $175M Deal

    Investors whose Hallmark Channel shares were bought for $22.1 million by privately owned Hallmark Cards Inc. in a $175 million merger asked the Delaware Chancery court on Tuesday whether around $5 a share had been a fair price.

Expert Analysis

  • FTC Alums: Retail Mergers Reflect New Approaches At FTC

    Joshua D. Wright

    The Federal Trade Commission is poised to take the next step — perhaps the most significant one in its century-long history — in the evolution of its approach to merger enforcement. This evolution is apparent in the context of retail markets, as illustrated by FTC decision-making and analysis in the recent Safeway and Family Dollar transactions, say former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright and Theodore Serra of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • FTC Alums: 5 Institutional Challenges For The FTC

    William E. Kovacic

    The five institutional challenges confronting the Federal Trade Commission deal with fundamental assumptions that guided the agency’s creation. These challenges are policy perennials and will face the agency regardless of who wins the 2016 presidential election, says former FTC Chairman William Kovacic, a professor at George Washington University Law School.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.

  • Spokeo Making Its Mark On No-Injury Privacy Class Actions

    Greg Herbers

    Applied correctly, the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision should spell an end to the recent glut of data security lawsuits where many — if not most — plaintiffs cannot allege concrete harm. In several recent cases, Spokeo has stopped such lawsuits in their tracks, says Greg Herbers, a staff attorney at Washington Legal Foundation.

  • FTC Alums: SMARTER Changes To FTC Merger Reviews

    Terry Calvani

    The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act — known as the “SMARTER Act” — simply seeks to codify how the Federal Trade Commission has used administrative litigation for proposed mergers in the past 20 years, and ensures that parties are subjected to the same legal standard when the FTC or DOJ seeks to block a merger, say former FTC Commissioner Terry Calvani and Hiram Andrews of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • Respecting The Rules For Searching Jurors' Social Media

    Steven J. Boranian

    A few months ago, a district judge in the Northern District of California made a unique order in Oracle v. Google, asking parties to voluntarily abstain from searching the jury's social media. Steven Boranian, partner at Reed Smith LLP, discusses the three main rules regarding the searching of jurors' social media, and potential future interactions between juries and the internet.

  • CFAA Clarity From 9th Circ. Password-Sharing Decisions

    Hanley Chew

    Coming less than two weeks apart in July, the Ninth Circuit's decisions in U.S. v. David Nosal and Facebook v. Power Ventures provide some guidance — at least in the Ninth Circuit — concerning when password-sharing is permissible under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, say Hanley Chew and Sebastian Kaplan of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • FTC Alums: Focusing On The FTC With 2020 Vision

    Andrew J. Strenio Jr.

    I wish the Federal Trade Commission and its dedicated officials well in their service to the public interest — but I also wish the agency would do still better in its adherence to these principles and in fulfilling the competition and consumer protection missions entrusted to it. That requires the insight to distinguish good intentions from wisdom and busyness from progress, says former FTC Commissioner Andrew Strenio, a partner a... (continued)

  • Ailes Scandal Puts Sex Discrimination Issues In Plain View

    Debra Katz

    Regardless of the outcome of ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s recent lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, the scandal set off by her sexual harassment allegations graphically illustrates how employers can enable and protect harassers through years of egregious sexual discrimination, say Debra Katz and Hannah Alejandro at Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.