An informal committee of senior bank lenders holding more than half of the $5.4 billion in bank debt owed by Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s operating unit launched an adversary proceeding Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court in their latest attempt to block its restructuring.
A New Jersey federal judge's recent dismissal of Video Privacy Protection Act claims against Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. is likely to provide relief to companies that collect information that can't be directly linked to their users, but it won't stop plaintiffs from wielding the privacy statute to go after businesses that take steps to attach an identity to the data they have collected.
Covington & Burling LLP was involved in the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year, including the NFL's $12 billion Sunday Ticket pact with DirecTV, and helped seal Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, making it a Law360 Media and Entertainment Group of the Year.
A Georgia federal judge on Friday nixed a proposed class action claiming Dow Jones & Co. violated the Video Privacy Protection Act by collecting and sharing consumers' data, saying that the machine serial numbers it gathered aren't personally identifiable information.
Cablevision Systems Corp. brass asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday to throw out a derivate lawsuit alleging that the company’s stock value has been diluted by "nepotism run amok" from the controlling Dolan family, arguing that the suing shareholder has no support for any of his claims.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, two remnants of once-proud electronics company RCA continue to duke it out over the famous name, Warner Bros. cites a trademark-protected quote from "The Wizard of Oz," and the official Italian trade group behind "Asiago" fights back after the name is deemed a generic type of cheese.
An $8 million legal malpractice suit that a military memoirist has lobbed in New York against Carson Boxberger LLP over his book about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden is based on “sheer speculation" and should be thrown out, the firm said on Friday.
A Virginia federal jury Wednesday acquitted a former CIA agent who allegedly leaked government secrets to a New York Times reporter of mail fraud, while the agent argued in a brief filed Friday that venue for the remaining nine counts cannot lie in the state’s Eastern District.
Consumers pursuing a class action accusing Hulu LLC of illegally sharing their personal data fired back at the video streaming service on Thursday, urging a California federal judge to preserve their remaining claims because Hulu had actual knowledge the information would be disclosed to Facebook Inc.
Apollo Global Management LLC kicked off a $10 billion bankruptcy fight for its troubled Caesars Entertainment Corp. just last week, but debt investors are already fighting back in another arena: the debt financing package backing another Apollo buyout.
The state takeover of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s finances drastically raises the risk of investor losses on $344 million in long-term municipal debt, a ratings agency said Friday while lowering the fallen resort city’s credit profile deeper into junk territory.
Defunct Aereo Inc. on Thursday accused the broadcasters who vanquished the would-be internet television pioneer of overkill by seeking to sabotage its upcoming Chapter 11 auction, even though Aereo has ceased all commercial operations for good.
Google Inc., Twitter Inc. and other tech companies, joined by public policy and civil liberties groups, pushed lawmakers on Thursday to strengthen digital privacy laws, urging Congress in a letter to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to better protect personal information stored in the cloud.
The company behind the iconic SkyMall in-flight shopping catalogs succumbed to new technologies and rules that now let airline passengers keep their noses buried in smartphones and laptops instead, filing for bankruptcy on Thursday with plans to sell off a scaled-down version of its business.
A California federal judge on Thursday again trimmed an amended class suit accusing the makers of 5-Hour Energy drinks of false advertising, finally tossing the plaintiffs' fraud-based claims about the products' television advertisements and state claims asserting breaches of warranty but allowing certain other warranty claims to proceed.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rejected on Friday a controversial $808 million casino resort proposed by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and Hard Rock, marking the latest twist in a series of interconnecting issues between the state and its Indian communities.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. is suing Georgia rapper Royce Rizzy, formerly known as Rolls Royce Rizzy, for trademark infringement in New Jersey federal court claiming his stage name and apparel sold on his website infringe and dilute the automaker's “famous and distinctive” mark.
Apple Inc., Google Inc, Sony Corp. and several other providers of online radio are now facing the same problem Sirius XM has for more than a year: class actions claiming they're illegally refusing to pay for pre-1972 recordings.
A former photographer for Life magazine on Thursday hurled a copyright infringement suit at Nike Inc. in Oregon federal court, accusing the footwear giant of making its own copycat version of his photo of Michael Jordan, which has since become the iconic “Jumpman” logo for the company.
A California judge Thursday tentatively ruled to keep alive a putative class action alleging The Walt Disney Co. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using criminal background check reports to make employment decisions without providing copies to applicants, saying the plaintiffs presented sufficient questions of fact.
While there have so far been no reported cases regarding the application of directors and officers policies to class actions arising out of data breaches, D&O policies are designed to cover acts that directors and officers perform in their jobs and the allegations in the Target Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and other lawsuits fall directly within that purpose, say Matthew Jacobs and Sabrina Guenther of Jenner & Block LLP.
The draft of China's new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue lifts restrictions on foreign investment in dozens of service and general manufacture industries and would relax Chinese ownership requirements. Although foreign investors still would have to operate in some of these industries through Sino-foreign joint ventures, control by the Chinese partners would no longer be required, say Woon-Wah Siu and Liang Tao of Pillsbury Wi... (continued)
We trust our law firms with huge amounts of data, whether in or out of discovery, investigations or litigation. All too often, we have relied on privilege, confidentiality and attorney ethics as a proxy for data protection and information security. But in fact, law firms ought to be held to a much more stringent standard — and in-house counsel would be wise to begin with a number of specific inquiries, says legal industry consultan... (continued)
Despite the negative publicity and the obvious resistance by some courts, we are likely to continue to see a stream of cases by alleged “copyright trolls,” says Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba PL.
Recent interviews with law departments in eight companies — ranging from $600 million to $70 billion in annual revenue, and spanning the financial services, telecommunications, hospitality, software and discrete manufacturing industries — reveals that e-billing and "spend management solutions" offer some of the clearer business cases for technology investment by an organization’s legal department, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
While the world of patentable subject matter shrinks, the world of trade secret protection may be expanding, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
This will likely be a standout year for new developments in First Amendment law, with federal appellate courts ruling on issues surrounding individuals' speech on social media, the First Amendment rights of government entities and speech by public employees, among others, says David Urban of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.
The Marriott International mobile hotspot-jamming matter illustrates a growing tension between consumers’ ability to create their own Wi-Fi networks and the ability of facility hosts to protect and securely manage their own networks. It remains to be seen when and how the Federal Communications Commission will resolve these competing interests, says Timothy Kevane of Sedgwick LLP.
The Ninth Circuit’s reluctance to diverge from or limit precedent in the San Jose antitrust case against Major League Baseball could well be bad news for the college athlete plaintiffs in the O’Bannon case that is currently also pending before the Ninth Circuit, says Ron Katz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises Inc., thus opening the door to review of its holdings in Brulotte that royalty agreements projecting payments beyond the expiration date of a patent are unlawful per se patent misuse. Overturning Brulotte or revising its unyielding per se standard could affect rates of post-expiration patent royalties, says Adam Daniels of Novak Druce Connolly Bove Quigg LLP.