Media & Entertainment

  • April 27, 2015

    Bill Blocking Ariz. Tribal Casino Could Cost $1B, CBO Says

    A bill to stop construction of a $400 million Native American casino in Arizona would likely set off litigation that could cost the federal government $1 billion or more to resolve, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

  • April 27, 2015

    Facebook Urges 2nd Circ. Not To Revive IPO Investor Suits

    An attorney for Facebook Inc. owner Mark Zuckerberg and other executives urged the Second Circuit on Monday not to reinstate several shareholder derivative suits over the social media giant’s controversial 2012 initial public offering that included allegations the company concealed potential revenue troubles.

  • April 27, 2015

    Insurer Can't Duck $2.2M Award For Hepburn Estate's Buyers

    First American Title Insurance Co. owes the new owners of the late Katharine Hepburn's summer home $2.2 million for a loss of value resulting from the presence of an easement on the property, a Connecticut appeals court ruled Monday, concluding that the owners had sufficiently alleged they suffered a direct loss.

  • April 27, 2015

    DreamWorks To Face Some No-Hire Pact Claims In Arbitration

    An animator must arbitrate his putative class claims alleging his former employer DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. depressed his pay with an anti-solicitation scheme while he worked there, but he can pursue in federal court other claims against it and other studios including Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., a California federal judge ruled Friday.

  • April 27, 2015

    Ex-Fox VP Says He Was Fired For Being Gay, Native American

    A former Twentieth Century Fox Inc. vice president has hit the film studio with a lawsuit in California court alleging yearslong discrimination for being a gay Native American over 40 years old, discrimination he said ultimately culminated in his firing without cause.

  • April 27, 2015

    Del. Chancery Backs ATK In Bushnell Accounting Row

    The Delaware Chancery Court ruled Friday that defense products maker Alliant Techsystems Inc. can have an accounting firm handle its dispute with private equity firm MidOcean Partners over accounting methods tied to ATK’s $985 million purchase of sport-shooting company Bushnell Group Holdings Inc. in 2013.

  • April 27, 2015

    Disney, Marvel Settle Spider-Man IP Case With Theater

    A Pennsylvania theater has agreed to cease its use of Spider-Man and other Disney items without permission or pay a hefty fine, in a settlement that concludes a copyright and trademark infringement suit mounted by the entertainment giant and Marvel Comics.

  • April 27, 2015

    NJ Regulator Says Straub Can't Take Revel's Casino License

    Real estate tycoon Glenn Straub, the new owner of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, is facing another obstacle in his bid to reopen the property after New Jersey's gaming regulator told a bankruptcy court Monday that state law prohibits his company from assuming Revel's casino license from the previous owner.

  • April 27, 2015

    Marine Science Institute Says Resort Co. Botched Dolphin Deal

    A Honduran marine sciences outfit claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Florida state court that things have not gone swimmingly with an agreement it entered with Miami-based Carib Resorts Inc. to establish a dolphin attraction in the Bahamas.

  • April 27, 2015

    Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sued Over NFL Star's Branding Deal

    A lawsuit filed in Dallas state court last week alleges Roc Nation LLC poached the representation of star Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant from a Florida-based sports marketing firm that had been responsible for Bryant’s branding and merchandising.

  • April 27, 2015

    NCAA Can't Delay Attys' Fees Fight In Antitrust Row

    A federal magistrate judge on Friday refused to hold off on deciding how much the National Collegiate Athletic Association owes in fees to attorneys for student-athletes who accused them of antitrust violations until after the Ninth Circuit rules on the case.

  • April 27, 2015

    Class Plaintiff Blasts Zynga's Bid To Toss IPO Suit

    The lead plaintiff in a class action alleging Zynga Inc. misled investors amid its initial public offering urged a California federal judge Friday not to reconsider the company’s failed motion for dismissal, claiming the social media game-maker is rehashing discredited arguments.

  • April 27, 2015

    Ex-Bryan Cave Atty Pleads Not Guilty In Maxim Fraud Case

    Former Bryan Cave LLP transactional lawyer Harvey Newkirk pled not guilty Monday to charges of helping a client fraudulently obtain more than $8 million in bank financing to acquire Maxim magazine and trying to fraudulently obtain $34.5 million more.

  • April 27, 2015

    Comcast, Time Warner Cable Blast $20B Race Bias Suit

    Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a complaint alleging Comcast led a conspiracy to exclude black-owned media companies while paying civil rights groups for complicity, arguing the $20 billion suit is a business dispute disguised as a racial discrimination case. 

  • April 27, 2015

    ESPN Sues Verizon Over Custom TV Offerings

    ESPN Inc. accuses Verizon Services Corp. of breaching an agreement between the two over the media company’s new Custom TV service in a summons filed in New York state court Monday.

  • April 27, 2015

    HBO Nixes 'Living On Video' Name After TM Challenge

    Home Box Office Inc. is changing the name of David Fincher’s planned TV series “Living on Video,” a move it attributed to “creative reasons” but one that came two weeks after a 1980s pop band with a song of the same name fought the network’s efforts to register the name as a trademark.

  • April 27, 2015

    Pa. AG Fights Contempt Hearings On Staffer's Termination

    A panel of Pennsylvania judges was told Monday it had no grounds to hold contempt hearings on whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane fired a top staffer for testifying to a grand jury about Kane’s potentially illegal leak of confidential information to the media.

  • April 27, 2015

    Ex-NBCUniversal Interns Seek $1.2M In Atty Fees

    Plaintiffs in a putative class and collective action claiming unpaid interns at MSNBC and "Saturday Night Live" should have been compensated urged a New York federal judge to grant $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees.

  • April 27, 2015

    Lawyers Must Guard Against Tribal Disenrollment Abuses

    Lawyers serving Native American governments are hurting tribal sovereignty by participating in disenrollment procedures that don’t offer enough legal protections to members and should hold themselves responsible for making sure members’ rights aren’t trampled upon, attorneys say.

  • April 27, 2015

    City’s Policy Doesn’t Cover $11M Stadium Row, Insurer Says

    OneBeacon America Insurance Co. restated its claim to an Illinois federal judge Friday it had no responsibility to cover Zion, Illinois, and city officials in a $10.7 million stadium construction fraud lawsuit, saying that wasn’t part of the policy.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Takeaways From The ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting

    Colin Kass

    As a deputy assistant director at the Federal Trade Commisision noted during one of the panels at the 63rd ABA Antitrust Section spring meeting, the FTC's investigations into nonmerger conduct typically are triggered by complaints from competitors, customers or suppliers. That means companies are not often aware that they are being investigated until it is too late, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • When Internet Libel Lands You In An Out-Of-State Court

    Pierre Grosdidier

    A recent Texas federal court case — Hawbecker v. Hall — illustrates the “sufficient minimum contacts” that Internet contributors must show to fall under the jurisdiction of a foreign court, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Data Breaches Happen To Small Companies Too

    Gavin Skok

    The legal obligations following a data breach can be just as onerous and complex for a small business as they can for a Target Corp., and the economic impact even more devastating. Yet, small businesses are often least prepared to handle a data breach, say Gavin Skok and James Wendell of Riddell Williams PS.

  • The Changing Landscape Of Fair Use: 'Transformative' Is Key

    Michelle Lee

    North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. Pirro and Fox News Network LLC is the latest in a recent line of fair use cases from the Second Circuit in which whether the use is “transformative” has won the day, to the point where it impacts what weight the courts give to the other three statutory fair use factors, say Michelle Lee and Erin Hickey of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • Protecting Social Media Assets: Lessons From CDM Media

    Jason Hirsh

    An Illinois federal court's recent decision in CDM Media USA Inc. v. Robert Simms provides much-needed guidance for businesses that utilize private social media groups as a means of staying in touch with customers and serves as an excellent backdrop to consider the steps that may have been taken to better protect the employer’s social media assets, says Jason Hirsh of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • 2015 Begins With A Drop In FCPA Enforcement Activity

    Marc Bohn

    The pace of enforcement under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has slowed considerably in 2015, with just three resolved enforcement actions during the year’s first quarter — all brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — which represents the lowest level of enforcement to begin a year since 2006, say Marc Bohn and Austen Walsh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Tips For Guiding Your Client Through The Mediation Process

    Raphael Lapin

    With all the tangible and intangible costs associated with litigation today, mediation is becoming more common as a means of resolving disputes. Yet attorneys trained and experienced in litigation do not always have the skills to guide their clients through a mediation process, says Raphael Lapin, an adjunct professor at the Whittier School of Law and principal of Lapin Negotiation Strategies.

  • Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-In-Fiction Claim

    Kelli Sager

    In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” recently successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897 Henry James novel. The case highlights the unusual legal questions raised by defamation claims arising from fictional works, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Protecting Company And Athlete In Endorsement Deals

     Sekou Lewis

    Situations where a professional athlete no longer feels comfortable using a product that he or she has been paid to endorse, such as the recent case of Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons and Chinese shoe company Anta, present a litany of problems for both the athlete and the apparel company. There are ways to structure an endorsement contract to avoid issues like this, say Sekou Lewis and Benjamin Wanger of Schnader Harrison... (continued)

  • 2 Routes To Hourly Rates For Lawyers

    Gerald G. Knapton

    If we were developing a system to determine legal fees from a clean slate, we would price our professional services according to quality, efficiency and results — tasks and team would be agreed upon. Instead, we have an hourly system that discourages tight management, can lead to padded bills and includes time for work that may not have been necessary, says Gerald Knapton of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC.