Media & Entertainment

  • September 15, 2014

    Robin Thicke Backpedals On Gaye's Impact On 'Blurred Lines'

    Singer Robin Thicke told a deposing attorney in Marvin Gaye's children's copyright suit that he lied to interviewers about his megahit “Blurred Lines” being inspired by the rhythm and blues legend, with Thicke explaining he had been on alcohol and drugs during the songwriting and exaggerated his creative role, according to documents filed Monday.

  • September 15, 2014

    CNN Must Rehire 100 Union Workers, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday ordered CNN America Inc. to rehire about 100 union workers fired in a 2003 reorganization and pay back wages to about 200 who stayed with the network, ruling it had ended a union contract out of antiunion animus.

  • September 15, 2014

    Judge Koh Urged To Take On DreamWorks Anti-Poaching Suit

    An ex-Sony Pictures Animation technical director asked a California federal judge on Monday to relate with the massive Google Inc. antitrust action she is overseeing, his proposed class action accusing DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and others of conspiring to not poach each other’s animators.

  • September 15, 2014

    Band Seeks Legal Death Blow In $100M Sirius Royalties Fight

    Members of rock band The Turtles suing Sirius XM Radio Inc. in a $100 million class action over unpaid royalties urged a California federal judge Monday to rule in their favor on the suit’s key issue — whether state law grants artists performance rights for songs recorded before 1972.

  • September 15, 2014

    United Reaches Deal With Arista, Sony In Royalties Fight

    United Air Lines Inc. reached a deal with units of Arista Records Inc., Sony Corp. and other record labels that said the airline cheated them out of royalties for music used in its in-flight entertainment, according to an order in New York federal court on Monday.

  • September 15, 2014

    FCC Gets More Than 3M Net Neutrality Comments

    The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 3 million comments from companies, consumers, advocacy groups and others on its proposed new rules guiding how Internet traffic may be managed, setting an agency record, it said on Monday.

  • September 15, 2014

    Big Lagoon Case Presents Key Test For Tribal Casino Deals

    An en banc Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday will hear arguments in a legal tug-of-war between California and the Big Lagoon Rancheria tribe over a failed casino deal in a case that could hand states new powers to challenge tribal gaming projects.

  • September 15, 2014

    CBS Hit With $1.3M Verdict In Personal Audio Patent Suit

    A Texas federal jury on Monday ordered CBS Corp. to pay $1.3 million in damages after finding that it infringed a patent on disseminating media content that patent licensing firm Personal Audio LLC has asserted against numerous media companies and podcasters.

  • September 15, 2014

    Magazine Wholesaler Cancels Ch. 11 Auction, Sells For $24M

    Defunct magazine wholesaler Source Home Entertainment LLC on Monday canceled its bankruptcy auction that was scheduled for Wednesday and said it was prepared to sell its retail display business to senior secured lender Cortland Capital Market Services LLC for $24 million.

  • September 15, 2014

    Revel Bankruptcy Judge OKs Auction For $90M Stalking Horse

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Monday approved an auction for the Revel Casino Hotel to facilitate a $90 million stalking horse bid, greenlighting a $3 million breakup fee and an expedited schedule out of concern the bid may be Revel's last chance to liquidate.

  • September 15, 2014

    Publicity Rights Can Be Assigned, Calif. Appeals Court Says

    Publicity rights can be assigned to other parties — and those parties can litigate those rights — a California appeals court found in a published ruling Friday, reversing a lower court's decision to nix Timed Out LLC's misappropriation-of-rights case against cosmetic surgery company Youabian Inc.

  • September 15, 2014

    Trump Resorts Plagued By Past Ch. 11 Mistakes, Experts Say

    While there is little doubt Atlantic City’s bearish gaming market played a major role in Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.'s fourth spin into Chapter 11 last week, there are experts who say the casino operator was also hobbled by crucial missteps it made during its last trip through bankruptcy.

  • September 15, 2014

    Cowan Attys Urge Court To Toss Inventor's Malpractice Suit

    Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC on Monday urged a New York federal court to sanction an inventor and toss her malpractice suit alleging the firm shared her inventions, saying she constantly ignores court orders to stop making discovery demands outside the scope of her claims.

  • September 15, 2014

    Alibaba To Overshadow Debuts Of 6 Health Care Cos.

    Seven companies are planning to go public this week as the initial public offering market heats up, but the anticipated debuts of five biotechs and a private equity-backed care provider will likely be overshadowed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s historic float.

  • September 15, 2014

    Alibaba Lifts IPO Share Price On Investors' Hunger

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the Chinese Internet giant that was already poised for the world’s largest initial public offering, lifted the deal's price range, according to a Monday regulatory filing, confirming earlier reports that strong investor demand could boost the offering.

  • September 15, 2014

    Feds Want DLA Piper, Kasowitz Docs In Facebook Scam Case

    New York federal prosecutors are seeking confidential documents from DLA Piper LLP and Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP related to their prior representation of Paul Ceglia, a businessman charged with filing sham litigation against Facebook Inc., according to a Monday filing.

  • September 15, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Farella Braun's Philip Peters

    The main driver of recent deal activity is a host of strategic acquisitions as blue-chip companies double down on or otherwise complement their strategies. This consolidation forces other companies to reevaluate their own strategies and possibly undertake deals of their own, says Philip Peters of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • September 15, 2014

    AT&T's $48.5B DirecTV Deal Under State AGs' Antitrust Lens

    Florida, Ohio and several other states are conducting antitrust investigations into AT&T Inc.'s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV Inc., the state attorneys general's offices said Monday.

  • September 15, 2014

    Dow Jones Is Owed $5M Over Headline Theft, Judge Says

    A federal magistrate said Monday that Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones & Co. should be awarded the full $5 million it's seeking from an audio news service called Ransquawk, which was found liable this year for instantaneously rebroadcasting news headlines without permission.

  • September 15, 2014

    Denmark's TDC to Pay $2.2B for Norwegian Cable TV Co.

    In the latest European telecommunications hook-up, Denmark’s TDC Group said Monday it is acquiring private equity-backed Get AS, a Norwegian premium TV and broadband provider, for 12.5 billion Danish kroner ($2.17 billion) in a deal that the companies say will create Scandinavia’s leading cable TV provider.

Expert Analysis

  • No Industry Is Safe From TCPA Litigation

    Richard Benenson

    In recent years, the number of private actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has risen sharply, but perhaps more concerning is that litigants are using the act to target an increasingly broad range of industries, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • OPINION: Pro Bono May Help Diversity Recruiting Efforts

    David A. Lash

    A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms — going beyond traditional mentoring programs by creating a sponsorship relationship. Pro bono can also play a part, say David Lash and Merle Vaughn of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • How Research Efficiency Impacts Law Firm Profitability

    David Houlihan

    For a law firm, excess time dedicated to legal research generates waste, either in the form of artificially reduced billable hours or, particularly in flat or contingency fee projects, as overhead eroding the profitability of legal work. By measuring five factors, firms will begin to understand their own opportunities for improving profits, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • A Look At Constitutional Challenges To Redskins Decision

    Richard Crudo

    Although the ruling in the Washington Redskins trademark case has garnered much fanfare, Pro-Football Inc.’s constitutional challenges to that decision and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act have received relatively little attention, say Vinita Ferrera and Richard Crudo of WilmerHale.

  • Best Business Planning Practices For Lawyers

    Jenn Topper

    Each lawyer's practice is a self-run business, even within the platform of a firm, and yet the level of entrepreneurialism within the practice of law is oftentimes marginalized, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • Reinforcing Division Between Police And Taxing Powers

    Michael J. Wynne

    As state and local governments increasingly turn to taxes on gaming and other traditionally regulated products and activities, a recent Illinois case is a timely reminder to taxpayers that many of these “sin taxes” may be vulnerable to challenge, because they do not represent a valid exercise of the police power and are merely a veiled attempt to raise revenue, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Not So Duty Free: Importing And Exporting Fashion Products

    With Fashion Week in full swing in New York, now is a good time to consider the hottest issues in fashion product imports and exports. In this short video from Arent Fox LLP, partner Anthony Lupo talks with international trade counsel David Salkeld about customs valuations, trade agreements and rules of origin for textile and apparel goods.

  • Music-Licensing Reform May Be On The Way

    Danica Mathes

    Given the breakneck speed at which advancements in technology have occurred since the last comprehensive review of the Copyright Act occurred in 1976, not to mention the tremendous effect this has had on content creation and delivery, the current review seems long overdue, says Danica Mathes of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • Rodarte, Star Wars And The Fair Use Doctrine

    Zuzana S. Ikels

    Rodarte's Fall/Winter 2014 collection included ready-to-wear silk gowns with images of Yoda, Luke Skywalker and even the Death Star. Was Rodarte required to obtain licenses for the intellectual property rights, or could the fashion house invoke a defense to any infringement claims under the fair use doctrine? asks Zuzana Ikels of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP.

  • How To Use NJ Open Public Records Act To Get The Scoop

    CJ Griffin

    While there is no law that requires a public official to talk to the media, a properly crafted request under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act can get a reporter a public agency record — and possible "smoking gun" — within seven business days, says CJ Griffin of Pashman Stein PC.