Media & Entertainment

  • February 8, 2016

    ICSID Won’t Make Venezuela Put Up Costs In Bank Row

    The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes has declined two requests from a Spanish bank in an ongoing arbitration proceeding to make the government of Venezuela pay $375,000 in arbitration costs and remove two articles bashing the company and its counsel from the Internet.

  • February 8, 2016

    Novel Suit Over Tattoos In Video Games Faces Tough Odds

    Tattoo artists who inked up LeBron James and other NBA superstars are suing the company behind the popular "NBA 2K" basketball video games for copyright infringement for accurately depicting the stars' tattoos in the game. It's a novel claim — and one experts say is almost certain to fail.

  • February 8, 2016

    Film & TV Groups Lobby FCC Against Set-Top Box Changes

    Film and television groups, as well as AT&T Inc., told Federal Communications Commission staff last week that Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to mandate changes to set-top boxes would increase costs and come with other adverse side effects, according to an agency filing made public on Monday.

  • February 8, 2016

    NJ Assembly Panel Advances Casino Expansion Bill

    A New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday continued the advance of a compromise measure to allow casinos in the northern part of the state, despite criticism from an opponent of the proposed constitutional amendment over the current absence of a firm tax rate for those gambling houses.

  • February 8, 2016

    NJ Jury Dings Supplement Maker $1M In Contract Row

    A New Jersey marketing consultant won a $1.17 million judgment Monday after a federal jury found a dietary supplement maker wrongfully refused to pay the consultant contractually owed sales proceeds, but freed the supplement maker’s top executive from individual liability.

  • February 8, 2016

    Matrix Partners Raises $500M For 4th Chinese Venture Fund

    Venture capital firm Matrix Partners has raised $500 million for its fourth China-focused fund, less than two years after its third such fund raked in $350 million for investments in China’s technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

  • February 8, 2016

    Auction House President Gets 5 Yrs For Price-Rigging

    The former president and chief operating office of a Chicago-based auction house will spend the next five years in prison for placing sham bids on rare sports memorabilia to drive up prices and “double-crossing” the FBI after agreeing to be an informant, an Illinois federal judge announced on Monday.

  • February 8, 2016

    Demand For NFL Tix Throws Wrench Into Pricing Challenges

    Issues over the availability of tickets to the NFL’s biggest games, including the Super Bowl, have drawn lawsuits and the eye of regulators like the New York attorney general, but despite such scrutiny, finding the line between unfair markups and high demand seems difficult.

  • February 8, 2016

    Art Gallery Director Settles Fake Rothko Suit Amid Trial

    Knoedler & Co. art gallery director Ann Freedman has reached an undisclosed settlement in a suit alleging she knowingly sold a fake Mark Rothko work to the chairman of Sotheby's for $8.3 million, a New York federal judge said Monday, but the gallery still faces claims at a jury trial.

  • February 5, 2016

    GCs Name Best Of The Best Attorneys

    More than 60 lawyers have been recognized by corporate counsel for cracking the code of client satisfaction and standing out among their peers for at least two years straight.

  • February 5, 2016

    8 Firms Boast The Most Client-Savvy Attorneys

    The names of eight law firms were repeatedly on the lips of general counsel this year as they reported which attorneys stood out to them as the best of the best in client service.

  • February 5, 2016

    Judge Closes Claims In 'Appalling' Cinemark Wage Suit

    A California district judge on Thursday brought an end to wage and break time violation claims brought by Cinemark USA Inc. workers against the movie theater chain in a case he had recently found “appalling” to still be alive.

  • February 5, 2016

    $7.5M Deal In Mich. Magazine Privacy Row Gets Initial Nod

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday granted preliminary approval to a $7.5 million settlement to resolve a putative class action accusing magazine publisher Meredith Corp. of violating the state's Video Rental Privacy Act by disclosing subscribers' personal data.

  • February 5, 2016

    7th Circ. Nixes Infomercial Star’s Prison Sentence Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday refused to overturn or reduce a 10-year prison sentence for TV infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau, saying the jury properly found him guilty of criminal contempt for flouting a prior court order by making spurious claims about his weight loss book on TV.

  • February 5, 2016

    Car Parkers Take Jagger, Apatow Firms Off Hook In OT Suit

    Two parking assistants put the brakes on claims that production companies headed by Judd Apatow and Mick Jagger stiffed them on wages, but then refiled the putative collective and class actions against new defendants, according to New York federal court documents.

  • February 5, 2016

    Autograph Dealers Say Cartel Claims Are Viable

    Two memorabilia dealers on Friday said a California federal judge should not dismiss their antitrust suits over an alleged cartel in the autographed sports and entertainment collectibles market, arguing that they have adequately alleged a conspiracy to withhold autograph authentication from rivals’ goods.

  • February 5, 2016

    Daily Fantasy Suits Enter MDL Quagmire

    With the dozens of lawsuits and class actions against daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel consolidated in Massachusetts, experts said the companies gain some relief from having to litigate in courts across the country, but the court will now have to deal with parsing out the nuances of individual state anti-gambling laws.

  • February 5, 2016

    Lifetime Wants FCC Input As TCPA Deal Faces Opposition

    The Federal Communications Commission sought comment Friday on a Telephone Consumer Protection Act petition from Lifetime network, which also faced opposition Friday from a plaintiff in related litigation who told a New York federal judge the network cannot escape the suit by offering to pay $3 more than what he could win at trial.

  • February 5, 2016

    DirecTV Customers Appeal Tax Surcharge Arbitration Order

    A proposed class of DirecTV customers said Thursday that they plan to appeal a Connecticut federal judge's decision forcing their $5 million pending class action over the company's allegedly deceptive tax surcharge into arbitration.

  • February 5, 2016

    FCC Video Plans Could Foster Diversity, Panelists Say

    The Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming proposal on changes to video set-top boxes and its plan to review barriers to independent programmers were hailed as ways to open the marketplace to more diverse voices at a Public Knowledge panel Friday, but not everyone saw it that way.

Expert Analysis

  • California Anti-SLAPP In 2015: A Look At The Top Cases

    Thomas R. Burke

    Last year brought new wrinkles and interpretations of California’s anti-SLAPP statute — one of the broadest and strongest statutory protections for free speech and petitioning activities in the nation, say Thomas Burke and Diana Palacios of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Some TCPA Class Action Defense Strategies

    Richard Benenson

    If you regularly contact customers via telephone, text or fax, there is a high likelihood that at some point you will be named as a party to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Successfully resolving TCPA class actions requires a proactive, methodical approach and a specialized skill set, say Richard Benenson and Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • EU Antitrust Vs. US Companies

    Paula Riedel

    From time to time, the European Commission is accused of unfairly targeting U.S. companies in its antitrust scrutiny. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has been quick to reject this suggestion. Our quick look at cases involving U.S. companies reveals a nuanced picture, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Further Clarity On Duty To Disclose Wells Notices

    David M.J. Rein

    Judge John Koeltl’s recent decision in Lions Gate Entertainment Securities Litigation follows and expands upon a 2012 decision by Judge Paul Crotty, also of the Southern District of New York, in Richman v. Goldman Sachs, which similarly held that the receipt of a Wells notice does not create an independent duty to disclose potential regulatory claims, say David Rein and Jacob Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • The Sweet Sound Of A 363

    Steve Gubner

    The idea of a bankruptcy sale of substantially all of a firm's assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code usually brings to mind a depressed company with potential buyers waiting in the wings to buy the assets at a substantial discount. This does not have to be the case, as evident in the case of California-based DigitalSound, say Steve Gubner and Reed Bernet of Brutzkus Gubner.

  • What Every GC Needs To Know About Mobile Apps

    Mitzi L. Hill

    With many businesses delving into the world of app development, general counsels should be aware of several broad sets of issues, including rules of development and distribution, intellectual property and privacy considerations, and the differences between rules for U.S. and global audiences, says Mitzi Hill, leader of Taylor English Duma LLP's data security and privacy practice.

  • Opening Pandora’s Trademark Box Resets Disparagement Bar

    Elizabeth H. Cohen

    It is not only high-profile marks and disputes that are affected by the Federal Circuit’s recent invalidation of the disparagement bar in the Tam case. Indeed, trademark practitioners frequently encounter the provision as an obstacle to registration. In the last decade, the disparagement bar became an increasingly frequent ground for refusal, say Elizabeth Cohen and Thorne Maginnis of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Cicero On Legal Advocacy

    Eliot J. Walker

    Today’s lawyers might be surprised to find that the teachings of Cicero remain relevant to modern practice. In recognition of the ancient Roman orator's birthday this month, Skiermont Derby LLP attorney Eliot Walker offers three practice points for lawyers and politicians plucked from Cicero’s seminal dialogue on rhetoric.

  • 9th Circ. Raises The Bar For Crime-Fraud Exception

    Jason H. Casell

    A recent grand jury investigation involving an advertiser that marketed a device designed to treat obesity is the Ninth Circuit’s latest pronouncement on the discoverability of privileged communications in the context of the crime-fraud exception. The decision vacated a scary district court order, says Jason Casell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 4 Ways To Improve The Business Intake Process

    Terrence J. Coan

    When executed properly, an efficient new business intake process can drive growth, minimize risk, and ensure new clients support a law firm’s business and financial objectives. But determining how to streamline the NBI process is easier said than done, says Terrence Coan, leader of HBR Consulting LLC's information governance and risk management practice.