Media & Entertainment

  • August 20, 2014

    NFL Star's Lost Investment Suit A 'Shakedown,' Ala. Atty Says

    A prominent Alabama attorney on Tuesday struck back against a former NFL star's claim that he was defrauded out of a $1 million investment in the lawyer's waste-to-energy business, calling the lawsuit a “shakedown” and dismissing claims the energy company's parent is actually a Ponzi scheme.

  • August 20, 2014

    IP Firm Claims Getty Falsely Targeted It For Infringement

    Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC on Wednesday filed suit against Getty Images Inc. in Florida federal court, accusing Getty of sending the firm a cease-and-desist letter over a noninfringing image in a scheme of asserting false claims of infringement against small businesses.

  • August 20, 2014

    JPML Sends NHL Concussion Suits To Minnesota

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated three concussion injury suits against the National Hockey League in federal court in Minnesota, reasoning that the location is convenient for many of the parties who are in Canada. 

  • August 20, 2014

    Shazam Tops 100M Users As Mobile App Co. Eyes IPO

    Audio recognition app Shazam can now boast more than 100 million mobile monthly active users, representing a 34 percent increase over last year and putting the London-based company among the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as it quietly eyes a potential initial public offering, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • August 20, 2014

    Kanye West Prevails In 'Coinye' E-Currency Trademark Suit

    Rapper Kanye West on Wednesday won a default judgment against the operators of digital currency exchange "Coinye West" after the defendants had failed to respond to trademark allegations in New York federal court.

  • August 20, 2014

    SeaWorld Won't Fight DC Circ.'s Safety Violation Ruling

    SeaWorld of Florida LLC has decided to not pursue an appeal of the D.C. Circuit's decision denying the company's bid to overturn an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission penalty for allegedly allowing unsafe working conditions that led to a killer whale trainer's death.

  • August 20, 2014

    Revel Casino Hotel Folds For The Second Time

    Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel will close Sept. 1, according to a Wednesday order, after failing to find a buyer in its second round of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the fourth closure announced this year in Atlantic City's hobbled gaming industry.

  • August 20, 2014

    Locke Lord Escapes Atty's 'Frivolous' $15M RICO Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday slammed attorney Andrew U.D. Straw’s “frivolous” appeal over a dismissal of a $15 million Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit against Locke Lord LLP and one of its attorneys, filed after they requested information in a defamation dispute, and said Straw must show why he shouldn’t be sanctioned.

  • August 20, 2014

    Users Suing Facebook Cite Judge Koh's Yahoo Privacy Ruling

    Plaintiffs who sued Facebook Inc. for allegedly violating their privacy by mining private messages urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to consider U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s recent order refusing to toss similar claims in a proposed class action brought against Yahoo Inc.

  • August 20, 2014

    $3.3B Scientific, Bally Merger Clears Antitrust Hurdle

    Less than three weeks after Scientific Games Corp. announced it was purchasing slot machine maker Bally Technologies Inc. for $3.3 billion, the companies said Wednesday they have earned a key federal antitrust approval for the merger.  

  • August 20, 2014

    Judge OKs Tweaks To NCAA Player Pay Ban Ruling

    A California federal judge on Tuesday clarified that an earlier injunction against the National Collegiate Athletic Association's ban on paying players would cover current and incoming students and take effect in 2015.

  • August 20, 2014

    Crumbs Skips Auction As Stalking Horse Goes Unchallenged

    A joint venture between television investment guru Marcus Lemonis and the owner of ice cream chain Dippin’ Dots is poised to buy Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. out of bankruptcy with a $6.5 million bid, after the shuttered cupcake chain said on Wednesday that no competing suitors had emerged.

  • August 20, 2014

    NY Islanders Owner Agrees To Deal To Transfer Ownership

    The New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has reached an agreement to transfer ownership of the hockey team to former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin, chairman of real estate developer Value Retail PLC, the National Hockey League team announced on Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2014

    Pa. High Court Says Casino Dealer's Theft Fine Is Excessive

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a $75,000 fine imposed on a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was unconstitutionally excessive, and remanded the case back to the trial court.

  • August 20, 2014

    Media General, LIN Announce Alteration To $1.6B Merger

    Media General Inc. and LIN Media LLC on Wednesday announced an amendment to their $1.6 billion merger, with both sides reiterating their commitment to the deal and confirming it is still on track to be completed early next year.

  • August 19, 2014

    National Enquirer Publisher To Convert $121M Debt To Equity

    The owners of American Media Inc., which recently acquired all issued and outstanding shares of the National Enquirer publisher, said Monday that they would convert $121.3 million of second lien notes into common equity and that they have taken efforts to minimize the fallout from the bankruptcy of distribution partner Source Interlink Cos.

  • August 19, 2014

    Fox Can't Escape Dilution Claim In Exxon Trademark Row

    A Texas federal judge on Monday refused to trim Exxon Mobil Corp.'s trademark infringement suit accusing Fox unit FX Networks LLC of using the signature design of two interlocking Xs for its comedy network FXX, ruling a state-law dilution claim wasn't barred under the Lanham Act.

  • August 19, 2014

    Commodores Sue Ex-Guitarist For Playing Under Band's Name

    The Grammy Award-winning Motown funk band The Commodores sued former lead guitarist and co-founder Thomas McClary in Florida federal court Tuesday, alleging false advertisement and trademark infringement for his use of the band's name in marketing and playing concerts.

  • August 19, 2014

    Sony Liable For Shakira's Illegally Copied 'Loca,' Judge Rules

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the Spanish version of Shakira’s “Loca” was stolen from a Dominican singer, finding two Sony Corp. units liable for the infringement, but dismissed claims over the English version of the pop song. 

  • August 19, 2014

    Tech Cos. Urge High Court To Keep Claim Construction Rule

    Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and a slew of other tech giants filed amicus briefs Monday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve the Federal Circuit’s practice of reviewing claim constructions fresh on appeal, saying the rule is in line with high court precedent and promotes consistency in patent claim decisions.

Expert Analysis

  • Disc Drive Ruling May Make ITC Less Attractive To NPEs

    Sten Jensen

    If affirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, the administrative law judge's ruling in Optical Disc Drives would continue the trend of recent decisions heightening the domestic industry requirement for nonpracticing entities, say Sten Jensen and Jordan Coyle of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Tips For Massachusetts Gaming Vendor Applicants

    Laura McAllister Cox

    As part of the investigatory process established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, gaming vendor applicants may need to provide confidential or proprietary information. The availability of public records in Massachusetts is quite broad, so applicants should take all available precautions to protect any sensitive information, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • New Broadband-Friendly Laws In Ohio, Louisiana

    Dave Thomas

    In recent separate actions, Ohio and Louisiana adopted comprehensive pole attachment regulatory regimes that should facilitate the deployment of broadband communications infrastructure and level the competitive playing field for broadband providers, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Beyond The Redskins: Other Names, Logos Are At Risk

    Richard LaBarge

    With the football season about to kick off, debates renew about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's June decision to cancel trademark registrations of the Washington Redskins on the grounds that the name is disparaging to Native Americans. Seven teams are potential targets for trademark cancellation on the same grounds, says Richard LaBarge of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Prepare For The Wave Of FCRA Class Actions

    Stephanie A. Sheridan

    To minimize exposure to the recent influx of Fair Credit Reporting Act complaints it is best to use a properly worded stand-alone document and keep all other content in the employment application form separate and distinct, say Stephanie Sheridan and Denise Trani-Morris of Sedgwick LLP.

  • An In-House Lawyer's Top 10 Tips For Outside Counsel

    Francis M. Drelling

    To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • The Pre-IPO Company And Failure-To-Launch Claims

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    When a company is on a trajectory toward an initial public offering, there is a natural tendency to focus on the liability exposures the company will face after it goes public, but the process leading up to the IPO often involves circumstances that can create their own set of risks and exposures, as seen in a recent investor suit against Westergaard.com, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Law Firms May Be Violating Copyrights

    Roy Kaufman

    On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.

  • The Cloud Is Not Falling: A Rational Read Of Aereo

    Arthur Beeman

    Despite industry concern, a close read of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo Inc. reveals that the majority opinion not only narrowly applied the Copyright Act to the retransmission of broadcast television, but also went out of its way to limit future application of the opinion on technologies and services not before the court, say attorneys with Arent Fox LLP.

  • A Close Look At NY's New Privilege Log Rule

    Joseph B. Schmit

    In addition to significantly reducing costs incurred in the preparation of privilege logs, the new categorical approach to privilege logs in New York will allow parties to identify and frame legal issues requiring the court’s attention more clearly — thus positively impacting the efficiency of the dispute resolution process as well, say Joseph Schmit and Aaron Schue of Phillips Lytle LLP.