In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Eldorado Resorts snatches up Isle of Capri Casinos for $1.7 billion, a tech-focused private equity firm buys California-based Infoblox for nearly as much, and Lennar Corp. expands its Florida footprint with a $643 million deal.
Celebrity gossip site TMZ escaped a copyright infringement suit Friday brought by actor and musician Jared Leto for publishing a clip where he swears about Taylor Swift in his home studio, when a California federal court said Leto doesn’t own the copyright to the video.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received permission on Friday to step into a lawsuit in which a federal judge recently ruled in favor of a group of Massachusetts residents by holding that the U.S. Department of the Interior was wrong to take land into trust for the tribe's planned casino.
A Friday order by an Ohio federal court relating to a motion filed under seal in an access dispute between a Berkshire Hathaway Inc.-owned jet charter company and the pilots’ union signaled the court’s exasperation with a stream of filings via its one-word opening: “Enough.”
Google, News Corp. and Ask.com owner Interactive Corp. urged a California federal judge Friday to declare a former MySpace co-owner a vexatious litigant over his pursuit of allegations they depressed MySpace’s price ahead of its 2005 sale, saying he’s filed 16 “really harassing” motions since the court dismissed the claims a year ago.
Ex-New York Gov. David Paterson and a music executive have settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over charges they failed to timely report stock ownership while on the board of a defunct startup movie production company whose executives are accused of fraud, the agency said Friday.
The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court’s decisions that two streaming media patents asserted against Amazon.com Inc., DirecTV LLC and the major sports leagues are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.
A California judge Friday reversed her decision requiring a music publisher that unsuccessfully sued Madonna for infringement over a horn-riff sample to pay the singer’s $720,000 in legal costs, determining the claims were not frivolous or objectively unreasonable after the Ninth Circuit mandated reconsideration.
A California federal judge refused Friday to pare back a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit accusing DirecTV of misleading customers about a promotional channel package, finding the satellite television provider can't show its disclosures to be “clear and conspicuous” without going to trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in on whether Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and other federal statutes by allegedly tracking children's internet and video-viewing activities, with petitioners claiming that a recent Third Circuit opinion "would eviscerate wiretap protections for internet communications."
Anchin Block & Anchin LLP renewed its call Friday to dismiss crime writer Patricia Cornwell's allegation that the accounting firm falsely accused her of a crime to federal prosecutors, despite a judge's earlier indication that a retrial would probably best deal with the claim, which is what remains of an overturned blockbuster verdict.
A California federal judge on Friday refused to give attorneys for 1960s rock band The Turtles a cut of a $210 million settlement inked between Sirius XM Radio Inc. and the major record labels over so-called pre-1972 recordings, saying he had no power to do so.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the producers of hit podcast "Serial" tell the board its name isn't generic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency takes aim at name it says was designed to mimic a federal flood insurance program, and two former BigLaw attorneys struggle to register their new firm name as a trademark.
A trade group for small and medium cable companies pushed back on the Federal Communications Commission’s plan for new rules for so-called special access services, saying in a Thursday letter that the currently planned rules would amount to a “tax” on smaller providers.
DirecTV subscribers blasted the National Football League on Thursday for trying to evade multidistrict litigation alleging the NFL's exclusive Sunday Ticket package with the broadcaster violates federal antitrust law, arguing there's nothing “pro-competitive” about the arrangement.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear Yelp’s petition challenging a lower court’s ruling ordering it to remove a negative review by a former client of a personal injury attorney, which Yelp had argued violated its free speech rights.
United States Soccer Federation Inc. scored a win against a labor union for U.S. men’s national team members when the Seventh Circuit Thursday reversed an arbitrator’s decision, saying he erred in ruling that a tequila print ad featuring players’ likenesses required advance approval.
Iconic guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. urged a California judge Thursday to rule a United Kingdom company willfully infringed on its trademark by offering similarly-shaped but inferior instruments, saying the company “pirated” Gibson’s product designs and tarnished its image.
Video game maker Electronic Arts and a putative class of retired NFL players who say “Madden NFL” uses their likeness without permission argued over class certification in a California federal court hearing Thursday, clashing over whether publicity is a property right and whether it's feasible to ascertain thousands of players’ avatars.
The National Basketball Association has partnered with sports data firms Sportradar and Second Spectrum in a deal that the league said will help it get statistics and game feeds to international gaming operators and improve its advanced player tracking.
Although the Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Beckman v. Match.com is unpublished, it creates a potentially troubling gap in the Communications Decency Act immunity protecting online services from suits based on the conduct of their users, say Tyler Newby and Hanley Chew of Fenwick & West LLP.
In 2006, the California Supreme Court held that a lawyer’s prelitigation communications can constitute extortion. Ever since, lower courts have wrestled with how to distinguish between extortionate threats and proper demand letters. The most important distinction is between threats of civil litigation and threats of criminal prosecution, say Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen of Horvitz & Levy LLP.
In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series about a fictional NYC jury consultant. Spoiler alert.
With the recent amendments to Regulation A and the adoption of Regulation Crowdfunding, companies have now become more acutely focused on broadening their investor base by soliciting interest in offerings of their securities from their customers. In this article, Ze’-ev Eiger and David Lichtstein of Morrison & Foerster LLP discuss the history of direct-to-consumer offerings, current approaches and considerations for companies.
While all organizations, regardless of size, are vulnerable to data breaches, casinos are particularly attractive targets for cybercriminals for obvious reasons. Erica Dominitz and Venus Prince of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP outline the steps that casinos should take in order to secure adequate cyberinsurance and protect themselves from cyberlosses.
The Federal Trade Commission recently rebuked the mobile app company InMobi for sneakily tracking the locations of app users who did not consent to revealing their location. This case of indirect geolocation determination and indirect misleading of mobile app users has indirectly set broad new responsibilities for app providers, ad networks and analytic firms, says Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP.
In the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' litigation against Backpage, a D.C. federal court recently ruled the company cannot assert attorney-client privilege to protect certain documents. The decision has significant implications for any individual or company facing demands from Congress for documents, information or testimony, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.
For the most part, the same rules that govern traditional advertising also govern commercial speech on social media. But there are some issues that seem to arise more commonly or even exclusively in the context of social media advertising. What are these issues and how do you think through them? Here are 10 questions to get you started, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.
As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.
The Ninth Circuit recently issued its decision in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T, ruling that AT&T is protected by Section 5 of the FTC Act. The court said that common carrier providers are exempt from FTC scrutiny even when they are not providing common carrier services, potentially redefining the jurisdiction boundaries between the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission, say attorneys at Cooley LLP.