Media & Entertainment

  • December 19, 2014

    Caesars Unit Gets Buy-In From Senior Noteholders

    Troubled Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. said Friday that its first-lien noteholders have signed a restructuring support agreement, getting the company closer to kicking off a Chapter 11 reorganization in January.

  • December 19, 2014

    Pandora Tries To Ax Rockers' IP Suit Under Free Speech Law

    Pandora Media Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to toss copyright class action claims brought by members of the 1960s rock band The Turtles alleging the online radio company infringed copyrights for pre-1972 songs, saying the rockers are claiming nonexistent rights to threaten Pandora's free speech rights.

  • December 19, 2014

    Brand Battles: Detroit Pistons, Apple, JetBlue

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Detroit Pistons have a "bad" time trying to register the nickname of their late '80s dynasty, Apple spells out why it challenged an apple image, and JetBlue leaves an applicant feeling "blu."

  • December 19, 2014

    Bankrupt Aereo Gets Green Light To Stage Asset Auction

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday refused to halt Aereo Inc.'s plan to auction assets including intellectual property and equipment among as many as 17 potential buyers, some said to be significant competitors of broadcasters who had put on a full-court press to block the bidding.

  • December 19, 2014

    FBI Points To North Korea For Sony Studio Hack

    After weeks of speculation, the FBI on Friday placed blame squarely on North Korea for the massive hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. that has roiled Hollywood and compelled the movie studio to pull the plug on its comedy film, “The Interview.”

  • December 19, 2014

    $1M Fee Award Slashed In $3M Gann TCPA Settlement

    A New Jersey federal judge has slashed a $1 million fee award in a $3 million class action settlement over thousands of junk faxes sent by Gann Law Books Inc., saying that the fee dwarfed the benefits to the class because much of the settlement will actually revert back to the publisher.

  • December 19, 2014

    Player Recruiter Pleads Guilty In Biogenesis Doping Case

    A Florida man accused of recruiting Major League Baseball players for a Miami anti-aging clinic at the center of a recent doping scandal pled guilty Friday in federal court to charges of conspiracy to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

  • December 19, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Minskoff Equities, Viceroy, Steve Harvey

    The head of Edward J. Minskoff Equities reportedly scored a $200 million refinancing package for a Manhattan office property, while Viceroy Hotel Group is said to be working with a developer on a new 18-story downtown Chicago project and comedian Steve Harvey is reportedly part of a team bidding to redevelop an Atlanta convention site.

  • December 19, 2014

    THQ Estate Launches Avoidance Suits To Claw Back $9M

    The estate for defunct video game developer THQ Inc. launched dozens of so-called avoidance actions in Delaware bankruptcy court, looking to claw back more than $9 million in payments the company made shortly before it filed for Chapter 11 protection.

  • December 19, 2014

    Google Sues Miss. AG For MPAA-Linked 'Campaign Of Threats'

    A day after Google accused the Motion Picture Association of America of orchestrating a secret attack through Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, the search giant formally lodged a suit accusing Hood of carrying out an unlawful “sustained campaign of threats against Google.”

  • December 19, 2014

    ACLU Urges Lift Of Gag Order In Coal Exec's Criminal Case

    The American Civil Liberties Union urged a West Virginia federal judge Thursday to lift a sweeping gag order in the criminal case of former Massey Coal Co. CEO Don Blankenship in connection with 29 miner deaths, saying in a sealed document that the order flies in the face of the Supreme Court's absolute prohibition of prior restraint under the First Amendment.

  • December 19, 2014

    The Biggest M&A Moments Of 2014: First Half

    Deal makers' strong start to 2014 put the year on pace to hit high marks not seen since the financial crisis, priming the mergers and acquisitions marketplace for a long-awaited resurgence that has since taken firm hold.

  • December 19, 2014

    $450M Live! Casino License Faces Pa. High Court Challenge

    At least two of the losers in the fight to secure the second and final license for a Philadelphia casino on Thursday launched a Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeal of a November decision that favored Stadium Casino LLC's $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia proposal.

  • December 18, 2014

    5th Circ. Affirms $2.1M Verdict In Rap Song Rights Fight

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday rejected a music publisher’s contention that it deserves a new trial or judgment in a long-running $2.1 million post-bankruptcy sale dispute over the rights to the song “Whoomp! (There It Is),” ruling the district court correctly nixed a new argument introduced after the trial.

  • December 18, 2014

    NJ Assembly Seeks Fed. Aid For Displaced Casino Workers

    The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution to lobby the federal government for a grant to assist former Atlantic City casino workers displaced by the closure of casinos, money that would be used to offer workforce education and training.

  • December 18, 2014

    Sports Giant IMG Latest Hit With Unpaid Intern Suit In NY

    A former intern for sports marketing giant IMG Worldwide LLC on Thursday filed the latest in a series of putative class actions in New York court that accuse companies of not paying their interns minimum wage for work that doesn't qualify as education or training.

  • December 18, 2014

    Sanctions Ruling For Fla. Tribal Leader Waits On 11th Circ.

    The chairman of Florida's Miccosukee tribe gained a further reprieve Thursday from potential sanctions requested by the federal government over his failure to produce tax documents, when a district judge decided she must await an Eleventh Circuit ruling on overlapping issues.

  • December 18, 2014

    Sony Hit With 2 More Suits Over 'The Interview' Hack

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. is facing two more putative class actions from employees whose personal information was leaked as part of a massive hack directed at the movie studio over its comedy “The Interview,” about a plot to kill North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

  • December 18, 2014

    Nev. Gaming Commission OKs Blackstone's $1.7B Casino Buy

    The Blackstone Group LP has cleared a regulatory hurdle in connection with its $1.73 billion purchase of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, winning approval Thursday afternoon from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

  • December 18, 2014

    Rays Stadium Search Deal Blocked By St. Petersburg Council

    The St. Petersburg, Florida, City Council voted Thursday against an agreement that would have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to explore stadium sites in surrounding Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, a move that the Rays organization said could doom Major League Baseball in the region.

Expert Analysis

  • The 'Transformation' Of The Copyright Fair Use Test

    Rollin Ransom

    Lawyers are frequently asked to clear copyright issues for new works, and when a new work is based on an existing work, the different approaches that the courts have adopted in analyzing fair use can significantly complicate the analysis. Assuming the lawyer concludes the work is "transformative," she must also decide the significance to afford to such conclusion, says Rollin Ransom of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • A Busy Year For Anti-SLAPP Litigation And Legislation

    Alicia Calzada

    Over the past year, both legislatures and courts have made significant strides in the arena of anti-strategic lawsuits against public participation laws and decisions. Anti-SLAPP laws are now the rule in 30 U.S. jurisdictions, with the addition this year of Oklahoma, say Laura Lee Prather and Alicia Calzada of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • What Happens When Legal Aid Cuts Stimulate Pro Bono?

    Kevin J. Curnin

    The bad news coming out of the European Pro Bono Summit in November was the rising toll of heavy cuts to public legal aid in England. From this crossroad, there is a lot to be learned about the relationship between public and private assistance, the direction of legal help for the poor in the EU, and whether the American legal aid/pro bono experience offers a road map for what’s next in Europe, says Kevin Curnin of the Association ... (continued)

  • Shifting Injunction Standards In Copyright, Trademark Cases

    Eleanor Lackman

    In 2015, the copyright or trademark litigator will need to keep an eye on the courts as they continue to tell us what it takes to win or defeat an injunction in a copyright or trademark case in the post-eBay world, says Eleanor Lackman of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.

  • Another Big Year For ITC: Top 12 Section 337 Highlights

    Shara Aranoff

    This year, the Federal Circuit agreed to reconsider its decision narrowing Section 337’s applicability to induced infringement, as the U.S. International Trade Commission held onto its jurisdiction over standard-essential patents and confirmed its ability to reach digital imports. Meanwhile, the ITC took steps toward better exclusion order enforcement, even as it stayed a remedial order pending appeal for the first time, says Shara... (continued)

  • Is Jury’s Verdict In IPod Antitrust Litigation Irrelevant?

    Daniel Ferrel McInnis

    The iPod antitrust trial proceeded to a verdict Tuesday in Apple Inc.’s favor, despite the lack of an actual plaintiff. This class action presents the stark contrast between the broad discretion of courts to organize and manage cases, especially complicated ones, against the federal courts’ limited power to hear cases as cabined by the Article III standing requirement of the Constitution, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Hiring Appellate Counsel

    David Axelrad

    In the classic case, a client and his attorney seek appellate counsel after the trial court proceedings are concluded. But these days, “classic cases” are few and far between — more and more, appellate lawyers assist in the trial court with preservation of the appellate record and compliance with the many technical rules of appellate procedure, says David Axelrad of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • High Court Clarifies What Is Compensable Work Time

    Neal Mollen

    In addition to resolving the specific security-screening question, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk narrows the range of activities that might be considered compensable and provides needed clarity for employers in determining the limits of their obligations under federal law, say Neal Mollen and Aaron Ver of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • You Don’t Get 3 Strikes When Filing A Complaint

    L. John Bird

    A Delaware bankruptcy court judge's recent ruling in the Tropicana Entertainment bankruptcy illustrates the importance of providing all the necessary details and required allegations in a complaint, particularly if the court has already provided you with one "do-over," says John Bird of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

    Ty E. Howard

    Ample literature exists on how to conduct an effective internal investigation and best practices in doing so. Far less common, but equally important, are the questions a company’s decision-makers — whether a CEO, compliance officer or in-house counsel — should ask before the investigation begins, says Ty Howard, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and former federal and state prosecutor.