Media & Entertainment

  • June 24, 2016

    Brexit To Further Splinter Global Data Protection Rules

    The U.K.’s decision to pull out of the European Union is likely to eventually result in the creation of new data protection and transfer agreements that, while similar to the EU’s current regime, will contain deviations that could leave companies to grapple with divergent standards and duplicative enforcement, attorneys say.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas High Court To Review Dallas Mag 'Welfare Queen' Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a Dallas-based news and lifestyle magazine’s appeal of a decision that kept alive a defamation suit over an article called “The Park Cities Welfare Queen.”

  • June 24, 2016

    Commodores' TM Suit Against Guitarist To Sail On To Trial

    A lawsuit over Commodores co-founder Thomas McClary's alleged misuse of the Grammy Award-winning band's name in marketing and performances will proceed to trial in Florida federal court next month after the judge denied cross motions for summary judgment.

  • June 24, 2016

    Ky. Strip Club Slapped By Dancer Classification, Wage Suit

    Three exotic dancers filed a proposed class action in Kentucky federal court Thursday accusing a Louisville strip club and its owners of misclassifying them as independent contractors and failing to pay minimum wage in violation of state and federal labor laws.

  • June 24, 2016

    T-Mobile CEO Defends ‘Binge On’ At FCC

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere and other executives have told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and several commissioners that the company’s “Binge On” video service, which has faced criticism for allegedly violating the principles of the commission’s net neutrality order, is pro-consumer.

  • June 24, 2016

    Casino Builders Again Say Dickinson Wright Gave Bad Advice

    Four developers of an Oklahoma tribal casino that has been deemed illegal by the National Indian Gaming Commission again asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to resuscitate their malpractice suit against Dickinson Wright PLLC, saying they’ve been harmed even though construction has been given the green light.

  • June 24, 2016

    Chamber Official Urges Quick Action On Privacy Shield

    A U.S. Chamber of Commerce official on Friday asked the European Union’s member states to quickly sign off on the updated version of the so-called Privacy Shield, saying the new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfer is critical for companies on both sides of the pond.

  • June 24, 2016

    Sony, CBS Can’t Dodge Retaliation Claim In Row With Actress

    A California federal judge trimmed most of a lawsuit in which a former star of “The Young and the Restless” says Sony and CBS retaliated after she quit the show following alleged racial discrimination, although the judge let one of the claims proceed.

  • June 24, 2016

    Investment Funds Sue Caesars Over 'Malicious' NY Suit

    A group of investment funds sued Caesars Entertainment Corp. in New York on Thursday over a now-dismissed suit brought by the gambling company that sought to extinguish the funds' fraudulent transfer accusations against Caesars executives in Delaware court, calling Caesars' litigation "malicious."

  • June 24, 2016

    CNN Says TVEyes More Like Meltwater Than Google Books

    CNN, Hearst Television and others threw their weight behind Fox News on Friday in the network’s effort to shut down media-monitoring service TVEyes, comparing the startup to so-called “clipping services” that have been declared illegal.

  • June 24, 2016

    Advocates Question Industry Set-Top Box Alternative Plan

    Representatives from several consumer groups — as well as Google Fiber and TiVo Inc. — have told the Federal Communications Commission that an alternative apps-based approach to the FCC’s plan to unlock the pay-TV set-top box is a positive move but also one that raises concerns.

  • June 24, 2016

    4 Remaining Net Neutrality Sticking Points

    The D.C. Circuit's sweeping endorsement of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules has many experts convinced they are here to stay, but the possibility of Supreme Court review and the question of how the FCC will move forward mean the battles are far from over.

  • June 24, 2016

    Calif. Tribes Want To Nix Gambling Pact Expiration Date

    Two Native American tribes filed suit in California federal court Thursday seeking to lift the 2020 expiration date on their gaming compacts with the state, saying it effectively gives the state veto power over their gaming operations.

  • June 24, 2016

    MGM Won't Give Up Challenge To Conn. Tribal Casino Law

    MGM Resorts International immediately said it would appeal a Connecticut federal judge’s decision Thursday to toss its challenge to a state law that paves the way for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to open a third casino in the state.

  • June 24, 2016

    Comcast Says Exec Who Left For Sprint Broke Noncompete

    Comcast Corp. sued a former senior vice president who worked on the company’s digital media business in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, claiming that he breached an employment contract by leaving to take a job with rival Sprint Corp.

  • June 24, 2016

    Frustrated George Lucas Won't Build Museum In Windy City

    Star Wars’ creator George Lucas said he’d finally had it Friday with political wrangling over the location of his proposed museum in the city of Chicago, officially calling it quits and ending nearly two years of litigation between the city and a group dedicated to preserving the land the museum was to be built on.

  • June 24, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Covington, Davis Polk, Gibson

    This week's edition of Taxation With Representation sees the technology industry light up with major purchases in the gaming, security and software sectors, and a German forklift company makes a multibillion-dollar purchase to enhance its advanced materials-handling capabilities.

  • June 24, 2016

    Judge Blocks Sale Of Whitney Houston's Emmy

    The organizers of the Emmy Awards won a restraining order Thursday blocking the estate of Whitney Houston from auctioning off an award statuette won by the late singer.

  • June 24, 2016

    Boies Schiller Beats Ex-Model's Malpractice Suit On Appeal

    A New York appellate court on Thursday denied a former fashion model’s attempt to revive her suit accusing Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP of mismanaging her price-fixing and other claims against major modeling agencies, saying she didn’t prove the firm represented her despite a conflict of interest.

  • June 24, 2016

    Roots' Ex-Bassist Didn't Take Too Long To Sue, Judge Rules

    A Philadelphia judge has rejected an argument by hip-hop ensemble and "Tonight Show" house band The Roots that its former bass player waited too long to sue the music group for allegedly cutting him out of its profits after a cancer diagnosis forced him to stop performing.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • Red Or Black? Difficult Decisions Ahead For Atlantic City

    Steven Wilamowsky

    With the passage of the Casino Tax Property Stabilization Act, New Jersey appears to be moving forward to help stabilize Atlantic City and avoid a bankruptcy filing by the city. Success, however, will require buy-in by not only the city’s casinos but also the city itself and its citizens, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • Inside 9th Circ. Decision On Anti-SLAPP Appeals

    Brian Sutherland

    Under Ninth Circuit case law, an order denying a defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion is immediately appealable. But is an order granting a defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion immediately appealable? According to the Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Hyan v. Hummer, the answer is no, says Brian Sutherland of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Taking My Talents To South Beach': Law Firm Version

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    LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Your 401(k) Plan: A Ticking Time Bomb Of Liability?

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    No one understands the concept and obligations of “fiduciary duty” better than legal professionals — and yet, many law firm partners and principals may be overlooking a significant source of liability in their practices, says Tom Zgainer, CEO and founder of America’s Best 401k.

  • More Challenges For Class Plaintiffs After Campbell-Ewald

    David J. Lender

    Six months after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, lower courts have been divided on the key legal questions raised in the case. While some courts have refused to dismiss putative class actions, several district courts have reached a different conclusion and chose to deem cases moot, say attorneys at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • NY Fantasy Sports Law May Face Constitutional Roadblock

    Daniel Wallach

    The months-long legislative battle to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York mercifully ended last week with the passage of NY Senate Bill 8153 nearly 12 hours after the New York Assembly passed an identical version of the DFS bill. But that does not necessarily mean that DFS has cleared its final legal hurdle in New York, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • One Month Later: Reflections On The Impact Of Spokeo

    Brandon N. Robinson

    Rather than busting open or shutting closed the door to privacy-related actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Spokeo v. Robins struck a more nuanced approach, tightening up standing requirements to more clearly filter out frivolous lawsuits, while preserving Congress’ flexibility to address serious information-related harms in the future, say Brandon Robinson and Gregory Cook at Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Did Aereo Open The Door To Compulsory Licenses?

    Andrea Weiss Jeffries

    Last year, a California federal judge held that FilmOn’s internet retransmission service is entitled to a compulsory license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act, notwithstanding the rejection of this legal theory by numerous district courts and the Second Circuit. Now the Ninth Circuit must decide whether Section 111 is unambiguous and, if so, whether FilmOn’s “facility” “makes secondary transmissions” of broadcast signals or pr... (continued)