Media & Entertainment

  • May 27, 2016

    Google-Backed Startup Says Execs Stole Secrets For New Biz

    A virtual reality startup that has received backing from Google, Qualcomm and Warner Bros. has sued two of its former top executives in California federal court, saying the pair stole trade secrets and plotted to start a rival company.

  • May 27, 2016

    Freedom Watch Head Loses Defamation Suit In 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday refused to revive Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman's $15 million defamation suit against several news outlets, ruling that he had not shown evidence of malice on the part of the reporters or bias against him from the trial court judge.

  • May 27, 2016

    Netflix Loses Fight Over Early Showing Of Relativity Films

    Netflix Inc. lost a bid to release two of Relativity Media’s new films early when a New York bankruptcy judge issued a ban Friday on the streaming service’s use of the works before they hit theaters, a ruling Netflix immediately said it would appeal.

  • May 27, 2016

    Nationals Want TV Fight With Orioles Sent Back To Arbitration

    The Washington Nationals on Friday again urged a New York state judge to force the Baltimore Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to re-arbitrate before a Major League Baseball committee a long-running dispute over broadcast fees owed by the network, which televises both teams’ games.

  • May 27, 2016

    Beastie Boys Fight For Their Right To Atty Fees In IP Row

    Attorneys for rap group the Beastie Boys argued in New York federal court on Thursday that a small record label is on the hook for $845,000 in attorneys’ fees, saying that the label is responsible for its “baseless” claims that the group violated copyright laws with samples from a funk group’s songs.

  • May 27, 2016

    Dickinson Wright Slams Malpractice Claims In Casino Row

    Dickinson Wright PLLC urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to nix four developers' bid to overturn a district court dismissal of their malpractice suit over the firm’s advice regarding federal regulatory approvals to build a Native American casino, arguing the lower court correctly ruled the developers had failed to state a claim.

  • May 27, 2016

    Online Ticket Broker Sues Yahoo For Misrepresenting Ads

    A Missouri ticket reseller alleged Yahoo advertising salespeople misrepresented how Yahoo's online advertising platform worked, tricking the ticket reseller into racking up $129,000 in unknown service charges, according to a lawsuit removed to Missouri federal court Friday.

  • May 27, 2016

    Facebook Fights Amended TCPA Suit Over Hack-Alert Texts

    The man leading a proposed class action claiming Facebook violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unauthorized text message warnings still hasn’t proven they were generated automatically, which got his complaint nixed the first time around, the social media giant told a California federal judge Thursday.

  • May 27, 2016

    Atlantic City Bailout Bills Win NJ Gov.'s Approval

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed legislation that would help Atlantic City recover from a crippling financial spate of poor gambling revenue and successful tax appeals, ending fears that a legislative stalemate would drive the city into insolvency.

  • May 27, 2016

    Insurer Says It Owes Nothing Toward Dish Copyright Suits

    Ace American Insurance Co. says it owes no repayment to Dish Network for any money the satcaster spent hashing out numerous copyright battles with television broadcasters over its ad-skipping, place-shifting Hopper DVR, according to a complaint filed in Colorado federal court on Thursday.

  • May 27, 2016

    Whitney Houston's Estate Battles IRS Over $11M Tax Bill

    Singer Whitney Houston's estate pushed back on an $11 million Internal Revenue Service tax bill in a tax court filing, maintaining that the agency overvalued record royalties, publicity rights and other intellectual property by more than $22 million.

  • May 27, 2016

    Dylan Thomas Pic Owners Rage Against The Dying Of The Suit

    Two entities that purport to own copyrighted images of the Welsh-born poet Dylan Thomas, which allegedly were used without permission to promote tourism in Wales, said Friday they have no intention of going gently despite a New York judge's refusal in large part to hear the case and a challenge to their control over the stills across the pond.

  • May 26, 2016

    Thiel's Gawker Crusade Belies Business Of Litigation Funding

    Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel's admission this week that he secretly bankrolled Hulk Hogan's sex-tape lawsuit against Gawker has thrown a spotlight onto third-party litigation funding, though industry experts say the billionaire's personally motivated patronage differs dramatically from how the business typically operates.

  • May 26, 2016

    11th Circ. Dumps LaTele's Fee Appeal In Telemundo IP Row

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that it lacked jurisdiction to consider Venezuela's LaTele Television's appeal of a sanctions order for attorneys' fees in a copyright dispute with Telemundo, finding the sanctions are intertwined with the underlying case's merits and cannot be separately considered on appeal.

  • May 26, 2016

    Ill. Legislator Claims Fantasy Sports Lobby Is Unethical

    Efforts to get a bill regulating fantasy sports on the books could be in jeopardy after a legislator claimed on Thursday that she was shown evidence that industry lobbyists discussed trading charitable contributions for bill support.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pa. Justices Order Release Of Probe's Storm Repair Findings

    A split Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with two newspapers' quest for information about an investigation by the state Public Utility Commission into claims that PPL Public Utilities Corp. misallocated repair crews after a major snowstorm, with the majority concluding that the documents should be made public.

  • May 26, 2016

    Daily Fantasy Cos. Should Plan Now To Avoid Tax Errors

    The legalization of daily fantasy sports in Mississippi and Tennessee in recent weeks has opened the door to fresh questions about how revenue from these games should be taxed, and experts say proactive compliance measures should be taken to avoid running afoul of state tax laws.

  • May 26, 2016

    Stephanie McMahon Deposed In WWE Concussion Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday granted a request by two former professional wrestlers to depose World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. executive Stephanie McMahon Levesque in their suit alleging the wrestling company hid the harmful effects of repeated head injuries from its employees.

  • May 26, 2016

    UK Modeling Agencies Broke Antitrust Laws, Says Regulator

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog alleged on Wednesday that a trade association and five modeling agencies — including entities that have previously represented models such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss — violated the nation’s competition laws by coordinating prices and sharing confidential information with each other.

  • May 26, 2016

    Atlantic City Bailout Bills Pass Both NJ Houses

    New Jersey legislation that aims to help Atlantic City financially recover from a crippling spate of poor gaming revenue and successful tax appeals now awaits Gov. Chris Christie’s signature, after passing both houses of the state Legislature on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Behind The Curtain: Technical Advisers In Complex Cases

    Christopher S. Finnerty

    During complex litigation, litigants often retain consulting experts to help them understand any intricate aspects of social and natural sciences present in a case, but the federal rules provide no such mechanism for the presiding judge. That is where technical advisers come in, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • Preventing Competitive Harm In AB InBev-SABMiller Merger

    Andre P. Barlow

    Despite no geographic overlap in any local market, the U.S. Department of Justice required comprehensive behavioral conditions to prevent New Charter from engaging in future anti-competitive conduct against its smaller rivals. The DOJ should take the same tough and sophisticated approach to protecting consumers from the much larger Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller merger, says Andre Barlow of Doyle Barlow & Mazard PLLC.

  • How To Prepare Your Employees For Litigation Discovery

    Charles N. McGee III

    The discovery process can be stressful and nerve-wracking for a company’s employees. Their reactions can vary tremendously and the effects are often overlooked by general counsels. Keeping your employees informed and educated prior to and during a collection or preservation hold can help to minimize disruption, maintain productivity and help discovery budgets stay in line with projections, say attorneys at Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: A Deeply Gratifying Result

    Neil Richards

    Rather than being the end of consumer protection lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo v. Robins opinion offers Congress a green light to give consumers the rights they need to protect their privacy and other digital rights. This is exactly the result Spokeo was most likely dreading, says professor Neil Richards of Washington University School of Law.

  • Does Mickelson Case Signal A New SEC Insider Trading Rule?

    Thomas O. Gorman

    Absent allegations that he violated the insider trading laws, there does not appear to be any reason for professional golfer Phil Mickelson to be named as a party in a recently announced insider trading case — unless the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is rewriting insider trading law, says Thomas Gorman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and former senior counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: A Win For Consumers

    Nicholas R. Diamand

    Our friends in the defense bar, still smarting from the outcomes in Campbell-Ewald and Tyson Foods, have already begun to try to spin Spokeo as creating new limits on class actions. But the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion, in a sure-to-be-cited footnote, expressly said that whether a case is a class action “adds nothing to the question of standing,” say Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: Ruling Represents Win For Businesses

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    Regardless of how the Ninth Circuit handles the remanded case, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins places new safeguards against baseless and costly class actions, and will prevent the federal courts from being used by plaintiffs lawyers for actions more appropriately left to the discretion of government enforcers, says Joseph Jacquot, a partner with Foley & Lardner and former deputy attorney general of Florida.

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.