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  • April 23, 2014

    Judge Denies Apple's Bid To Halt E-Book Conspiracy Trial

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied Apple Inc.'s attempt to halt a damages trial and class notification in antitrust actions over its alleged conspiracy with publishers to fix e-book prices, after state attorneys general and Apple customers argued against the delays.

  • April 23, 2014

    NJ Pols Rail Against Online Gaming Ban Proposed For US

    New Jersey politicians on Wednesday slammed members of the U.S. Congress over a recently proposed federal ban on online gaming, a move that would shut down the industry touted as a potential gold mine for New Jersey’s economy.

  • April 23, 2014

    Writer Says Grooveshark Computer Subpoena Violates Privacy

    A music journalist on Wednesday urged a California appeals court to block a subpoena of his computer servers by the owner of music streaming service Grooveshark in its defense of a copyright claim by UMG Recordings Inc., saying demands for an invasive inspection violate his privacy rights as a third party.

  • April 23, 2014

    Al Jazeera Says Public Doesn't Need Details Of AT&T Dispute

    Al Jazeera America LLC urged Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday to reverse a decision requiring the network to file a largely unredacted version of its complaint against AT&T Services Inc., saying the company would be damaged financially if details of the contract dispute are made public.

  • April 23, 2014

    Ex-ValCom CEO No Longer On Hook For Racketeering Charges

    The former CEO of ValCom Inc. on Wednesday won a New Jersey federal judge's dismissal of racketeering charges in a suit, brought by the very entertainment company he founded, that accuses him and other top brass of scheming to defraud Valcom out of millions of shares.

  • April 23, 2014

    Miami Music Promoters Sue Sony, World Cup Songwriter

    A group of Miami-based music promoters claim in a lawsuit filed Monday in Florida state court that musician Elijah King, winner of a Sony Corp.-sponsored World Cup song contest, and the entertainment giant conned them into releasing King from his contract without providing promised compensation.

  • April 23, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Groupon's Bid To Move Peer-To-Peer IP Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday denied Groupon Inc.'s bid to transfer digital marketing company Blue Calypso Inc.'s suit alleging that it infringed patents related to peer-to-peer advertising technology from Texas to Illinois, finding that a lower court judge correctly denied the transfer.

  • April 23, 2014

    FCC To Introduce New Open Internet Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission will reportedly propose new net neutrality rules on Thursday that would allow content creators to pay Internet providers to guarantee faster access to consumers, replacing the regulations struck down by the D.C. Circuit in January.

  • April 23, 2014

    Huffington Seeks 2nd Chance To Quash HuffPost Idea Suit

    Arianna Huffington on Wednesday told a New York appeals court that a lower judge erred in denying her move to dismiss a suit brought by two Democratic consultants who claim Huffington stole their idea for what became the Huffington Post, saying new allegations by the plaintiffs warranted her renewed motion to quash the suit.

  • April 23, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Bank Of NY Mellon, Sony, JPMorgan

    Bank of New York Mellon considers moving to New Jersey, Sony plans to get into real estate business, and New York plans to shut down Long Island College Hospital.

  • April 23, 2014

    NCAA Athletes Launch Bias Suit Over Lost Scholarships

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Tuesday by female athletes who say they were promised Dorsey scholarships but then had them pulled after their school was hit with violations of NCAA rules that disproportionately affect female students.  

  • April 23, 2014

    Judge Taps Trustee To Oversee Money Centers Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday granted a request by creditors of casino check-cashing firm Money Centers of America Inc. to have a Chapter 11 trustee appointed for ruling that the evidence of financial impropriety “overwhelmingly” supported the need for an outsider to steward the case.

  • April 23, 2014

    Fla. Lawmakers Push MLB To Ease Rules For Cuban Players

    Spurred by the recently reported dangers Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig faced being smuggled out of Cuba, two Florida lawmakers on Wednesday launched a bid to push Major League Baseball to change its rules regarding Cuban players by attaching the issue to a stadium financing bill.

  • April 23, 2014

    Seminole Tribe Fights Florida's Casino Rent, Utilities Taxes

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida told a federal judge Wednesday that it should not have to pay a state utilities tax and sales tax levied on rent the tribe charges to companies running restaurants at tribal casinos, arguing that the taxes are expressly prohibited by federal law.

  • April 23, 2014

    Video Game Makers Say Free Speech Bars 'Mob Wives' Suit

    Video game giant Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. asked a Manhattan federal judge last week to dismiss claims that it stole the life story of a former "Mob Wives" star for a minor character in "Grand Theft Auto V,” saying the allegations are foreclosed by the First Amendment.

  • April 23, 2014

    Lamar Advertising Lands IRS Approval For REIT Conversion

    Lamar Advertising Co. has received the go-ahead from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to convert to a real estate investment trust, it said Wednesday, issuing its announcement days after a CBS Corp. advertising subsidiary said it too will convert to an REIT.

  • April 23, 2014

    Caesars Proposes $750M Casino Resort In NY

    Las Vegas entertainment giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Wednesday jumped into the bidding race for one of New York’s new gambling licenses, putting in its bid to develop a $750 million luxury resort casino in Woodbury, N.Y.

  • April 23, 2014

    LIN Shareholder Sues Over $1.6B Media General Merger

    A LIN Media LLC shareholder has filed a class action in Delaware Chancery Court against the TV company's board and Media General Inc., which agreed to acquire LIN for $1.6 billion.

  • April 23, 2014

    FTC Greenlights $2B Facebook, Oculus Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission granted early termination to the required waiting period for Facebook Inc.’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift VR, the company developing a virtual reality headset, according to a brief notice Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Charter, Eni, Carlo Tassara

    Charter Communications is closer to inking a deal to snag 1.5 million subscribers from Comcast as the cable giant looks to appease competition regulators before they review its $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, while Hungary’s MOL Group has snapped up more than 100 Czech gas stations from Italy’s Eni.

Expert Analysis

  • Will Investors 'Like' SEC's New Social Media Ad Rules?

    Abigail Bertumen

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent guidance on third-party social media commentary in investment adviser advertising maintains existing agency principles while providing greater latitude under the Testimonial Rule. Advisers must be willing to adopt a fairly specific and practical policy for social media advertising, and policies should include ways of managing the "do's" and "don'ts" of publishing site commentary, say attorneys at Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • ITC On Digital Imports: Takeaways For Software, Media Cos.

    Aarti Shah

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models confirms that the ITC can provide a powerful remedy for software, publishing and media companies whose intellectual property rights have been violated. However, those wishing to take advantage of this decision should craft their discovery requests carefully, and consider the timing of when they file complaints, says Aarti Shah, a partner with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and former senior investigative attorney at the ITC.

  • Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

     Amanda D. Smith

    The State Bar of California has decided to follow New York's lead and require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. While we applaud the intentions behind these initiatives, there are a number of reasons why state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys as some have suggested, say attorneys with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • NCAA Player Antitrust Class Action Advances To Final Round

    Bruce Sokler

    Nearly five years into the lawsuit, a California federal court recently denied the NCAA's summary judgment motion and ordered that the student-athletes' antitrust claims proceed to trial in June. The decision is noteworthy in its fact-intensive assessment of the NCAA’s procompetitive justifications, its repeated reliance on the least restrictive means test and its demands that the specific restraint be closely tied to the purported procompetitive justifications, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Fla. Film Tax Credit Bills Are Good For Business

    Alan Feldman

    The goal of the proposed tax incentive bills being considered by the Florida Legislature is to encourage production companies to produce movies, music and television series in the state. The incentives will likewise benefit law firms and the legal profession by increasing revenues, says Alan Feldman of Lydecker Diaz.

  • 4th Circ. CPSC Ruling Won't Stop Fight For Accurate Reports

    Kerrie Campbell

    The Fourth Circuit’s unsurprising opinion that the district court records in Company Doe v. Tenenbaum be unsealed does not in any way diminish the district court’s groundbreaking order permanently barring the Consumer Product Safety Commission from posting an inaccurate, inflammatory report on its website, and should not deter companies from exercising their right to insist that information published about them be truthful and accurate, says Kerrie Campbell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

  • Should Bloggers Be Treated As Publishers Under Libel Law?

    Robert L. Rogers III

    The Florida appellate case of Comins v. VanVoorhis offers the latest in a small but growing number of debates over whether and, if so, what kinds of bloggers or publishers of Internet content should be afforded the same protection as print and broadcast journalists. Indeed, one of the more controversial points of contention for the Free Flow of Information Act bill still awaiting passage by Congress is a provision that narrowly defines "covered journalist" to exclude bloggers, says Robert Rogers of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • Proving Harm In Trademark Cases Post-Herb Reed

    Beth Goldman

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Herb Reed Enterprises LLC v. Florida Entertainment Management Inc. has shifted the balance against plaintiffs seeking a preliminary injunction in the trademark context to be in line with the trend in patent cases. The party seeking an injunction must proffer some evidence of irreparable harm, and can no longer rely on the presumption, say Beth Goldman and Daniel Justice of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Baidu Ruling Reinforces Search Engine Immunity

    Joshua Fowkes

    The ruling by the Southern District of New York in Zhang v. Baidu strongly supports the principle that search engines and e-commerce sites are immune from legal claims based on how they retrieve, present and rank information and products. This result is particularly important because high rankings on Google, Amazon and other powerful search engines are critical for companies conducting e-commerce, says Joshua Fowkes of Arent Fox LLP.