A bill to stop construction of a $400 million Native American casino in Arizona would likely set off litigation that could cost the federal government $1 billion or more to resolve, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.
An attorney for Facebook Inc. owner Mark Zuckerberg and other executives urged the Second Circuit on Monday not to reinstate several shareholder derivative suits over the social media giant’s controversial 2012 initial public offering that included allegations the company concealed potential revenue troubles.
First American Title Insurance Co. owes the new owners of the late Katharine Hepburn's summer home $2.2 million for a loss of value resulting from the presence of an easement on the property, a Connecticut appeals court ruled Monday, concluding that the owners had sufficiently alleged they suffered a direct loss.
An animator must arbitrate his putative class claims alleging his former employer DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. depressed his pay with an anti-solicitation scheme while he worked there, but he can pursue in federal court other claims against it and other studios including Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., a California federal judge ruled Friday.
A former Twentieth Century Fox Inc. vice president has hit the film studio with a lawsuit in California court alleging yearslong discrimination for being a gay Native American over 40 years old, discrimination he said ultimately culminated in his firing without cause.
The Delaware Chancery Court ruled Friday that defense products maker Alliant Techsystems Inc. can have an accounting firm handle its dispute with private equity firm MidOcean Partners over accounting methods tied to ATK’s $985 million purchase of sport-shooting company Bushnell Group Holdings Inc. in 2013.
A Pennsylvania theater has agreed to cease its use of Spider-Man and other Disney items without permission or pay a hefty fine, in a settlement that concludes a copyright and trademark infringement suit mounted by the entertainment giant and Marvel Comics.
Real estate tycoon Glenn Straub, the new owner of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, is facing another obstacle in his bid to reopen the property after New Jersey's gaming regulator told a bankruptcy court Monday that state law prohibits his company from assuming Revel's casino license from the previous owner.
A Honduran marine sciences outfit claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Florida state court that things have not gone swimmingly with an agreement it entered with Miami-based Carib Resorts Inc. to establish a dolphin attraction in the Bahamas.
A lawsuit filed in Dallas state court last week alleges Roc Nation LLC poached the representation of star Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant from a Florida-based sports marketing firm that had been responsible for Bryant’s branding and merchandising.
A federal magistrate judge on Friday refused to hold off on deciding how much the National Collegiate Athletic Association owes in fees to attorneys for student-athletes who accused them of antitrust violations until after the Ninth Circuit rules on the case.
The lead plaintiff in a class action alleging Zynga Inc. misled investors amid its initial public offering urged a California federal judge Friday not to reconsider the company’s failed motion for dismissal, claiming the social media game-maker is rehashing discredited arguments.
Former Bryan Cave LLP transactional lawyer Harvey Newkirk pled not guilty Monday to charges of helping a client fraudulently obtain more than $8 million in bank financing to acquire Maxim magazine and trying to fraudulently obtain $34.5 million more.
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a complaint alleging Comcast led a conspiracy to exclude black-owned media companies while paying civil rights groups for complicity, arguing the $20 billion suit is a business dispute disguised as a racial discrimination case.
ESPN Inc. accuses Verizon Services Corp. of breaching an agreement between the two over the media company’s new Custom TV service in a summons filed in New York state court Monday.
Home Box Office Inc. is changing the name of David Fincher’s planned TV series “Living on Video,” a move it attributed to “creative reasons” but one that came two weeks after a 1980s pop band with a song of the same name fought the network’s efforts to register the name as a trademark.
A panel of Pennsylvania judges was told Monday it had no grounds to hold contempt hearings on whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane fired a top staffer for testifying to a grand jury about Kane’s potentially illegal leak of confidential information to the media.
Plaintiffs in a putative class and collective action claiming unpaid interns at MSNBC and "Saturday Night Live" should have been compensated urged a New York federal judge to grant $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees.
Lawyers serving Native American governments are hurting tribal sovereignty by participating in disenrollment procedures that don’t offer enough legal protections to members and should hold themselves responsible for making sure members’ rights aren’t trampled upon, attorneys say.
OneBeacon America Insurance Co. restated its claim to an Illinois federal judge Friday it had no responsibility to cover Zion, Illinois, and city officials in a $10.7 million stadium construction fraud lawsuit, saying that wasn’t part of the policy.
As a deputy assistant director at the Federal Trade Commisision noted during one of the panels at the 63rd ABA Antitrust Section spring meeting, the FTC's investigations into nonmerger conduct typically are triggered by complaints from competitors, customers or suppliers. That means companies are not often aware that they are being investigated until it is too late, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.
A recent Texas federal court case — Hawbecker v. Hall — illustrates the “sufficient minimum contacts” that Internet contributors must show to fall under the jurisdiction of a foreign court, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.
The legal obligations following a data breach can be just as onerous and complex for a small business as they can for a Target Corp., and the economic impact even more devastating. Yet, small businesses are often least prepared to handle a data breach, say Gavin Skok and James Wendell of Riddell Williams PS.
North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. Pirro and Fox News Network LLC is the latest in a recent line of fair use cases from the Second Circuit in which whether the use is “transformative” has won the day, to the point where it impacts what weight the courts give to the other three statutory fair use factors, say Michelle Lee and Erin Hickey of Fish & Richardson PC.
An Illinois federal court's recent decision in CDM Media USA Inc. v. Robert Simms provides much-needed guidance for businesses that utilize private social media groups as a means of staying in touch with customers and serves as an excellent backdrop to consider the steps that may have been taken to better protect the employer’s social media assets, says Jason Hirsh of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.
The pace of enforcement under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has slowed considerably in 2015, with just three resolved enforcement actions during the year’s first quarter — all brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — which represents the lowest level of enforcement to begin a year since 2006, say Marc Bohn and Austen Walsh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
With all the tangible and intangible costs associated with litigation today, mediation is becoming more common as a means of resolving disputes. Yet attorneys trained and experienced in litigation do not always have the skills to guide their clients through a mediation process, says Raphael Lapin, an adjunct professor at the Whittier School of Law and principal of Lapin Negotiation Strategies.
In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” recently successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897 Henry James novel. The case highlights the unusual legal questions raised by defamation claims arising from fictional works, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Situations where a professional athlete no longer feels comfortable using a product that he or she has been paid to endorse, such as the recent case of Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons and Chinese shoe company Anta, present a litany of problems for both the athlete and the apparel company. There are ways to structure an endorsement contract to avoid issues like this, say Sekou Lewis and Benjamin Wanger of Schnader Harrison... (continued)
If we were developing a system to determine legal fees from a clean slate, we would price our professional services according to quality, efficiency and results — tasks and team would be agreed upon. Instead, we have an hourly system that discourages tight management, can lead to padded bills and includes time for work that may not have been necessary, says Gerald Knapton of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC.