Media & Entertainment

  • April 29, 2016

    Tribe's Bad Faith Claims Face High Hurdle At High Court

    A California tribe faces more than just the significant barriers written into the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act on bad faith claims in its bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that the state acted improperly in negotiating its gaming compact.

  • April 29, 2016

    Jury Clears Trio Charged In $1.6B Wynn Casino Land Deal

    A Massachusetts federal jury on Friday cleared three landowners of all claims of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a land purchase deal for Wynn Resorts Ltd.’s $1.6 billion casino resort project, according to defense lawyers.

  • April 29, 2016

    1st Circ. Revives USA Today App User's Privacy Class Action

    The First Circuit on Friday revived a USA Today smartphone app user’s putative class action alleging the paper’s parent Gannett illegally collected his browsing data to sell to advertisers, ruling the app user, unlike a website user, is a “subscriber” protected by federal privacy law.

  • April 29, 2016

    Facebook's Stock Plan Consolidates Power To Founder: Suit

    Facebook Inc. shareholders on Friday accused the company’s board of hatching a plan to issue nonvoting stock that would hand over more power to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, giving him the equivalent of “billions of dollars in equity” he won’t pay for, according to a proposed class action filed in Delaware.

  • April 29, 2016

    Gaye Heirs Appeal Lost $3.5M Fees Bid to 9th Circ.

    Marvin Gaye’s family filed a notice of appeal Wednesday to the Ninth Circuit over a California federal judge’s refusal to award an extra $3.5 million in legal fees after last year’s jury finding that Robin Thicke’s and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” infringed one of Gaye’s songs.

  • April 29, 2016

    FCC Spectrum Clearing Target Starts Auction With A Bang

    The Federal Communications Commission's experimental incentive auction passed its first test with flying colors Friday on news that the maximum spectrum possible could be on the table, indicating a strong level of broadcaster interest and a solid chance for success as the auction unfolds, experts say.

  • April 29, 2016

    WB, Legendary Stole King-Kong Pitch For New Film: Artist

    A pulp artist launched a contract suit in California court Thursday against Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures alleging the film companies ripped off his copyrighted tale of King Kong’s origins on “Skull Island” for their upcoming reboot of the giant-gorilla monster movie franchise.

  • April 29, 2016

    Warner Bros. Sued Over 'War Dogs' Gun Runner Manuscript

    A Tampa-area entertainment company slapped a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and other Hollywood heavyweights Thursday in Florida federal court, alleging they used a proprietary manuscript about the life of a so-called “gun runner” for their upcoming film, “War Dogs.”

  • April 29, 2016

    Sedgwick Partner Can’t Dodge Suit Over Roadside Brawl

    A Sedgwick LLP partner must face defamation and other claims lodged by a neighbor following a roadside fight the attorney captured on his cellphone, a California appeals court has held, saying the anti-SLAPP statute doesn’t extend to disputes between private persons.

  • April 29, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Yahoo, Pfizer, Atlante

    Yahoo Inc. has a short list of 10 bidders, which includes Verizon Communications Inc., for its core Internet business, according to a Reuters report Friday. Most of the offers are cash-only, and also come from big private equity players such as TPG Capital LP. The move to divest the core assets comes after Yahoo scrapped plans to spin off its Alibaba stake in December. Earlier this week, Yahoo announced a truce with activist investor Starboard Value that saw the company partially shake up its board to avoid a proxy fight.

  • April 29, 2016

    Law Firm Fee Hikes Under Scrutiny In Caesars Bankruptcy

    The committee scrutinizing the professional fees being charged in the Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. bankruptcy has urged an Illinois judge to take a closer look at rate hikes at Kirkland & Ellis LLP,  Proskauer Rose LLP and other firms involved in the massive Chapter 11 case.

  • April 29, 2016

    Former Fox News Commentator Cops To Defrauding Gov’t

    A former Fox News commentator on Friday pled guilty in Virginia federal court to defrauding the federal government by lying on overseas contractor job applications, admitting that there is no record he ever served in the CIA, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 29, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Baker & McKenzie, Gibson Dunn

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, a health care giant acquires a medical device maker with help from Baker & McKenzie and Gibson Dunn tax counsel, while a media stalwart picks up an animation studio and a medical services company is purchased.

  • April 29, 2016

    WWII Photog's Estate Says Corbis Owes $4M For Using Images

    Photo licensing company Corbis Corp. owes $4 million to an agent of Soviet World War II photographer Yevgeny Khaldei’s estate for using images from Khaldei’s collection without paying for them, according to a suit filed Thursday in a New York state court.

  • April 29, 2016

    Ex-Bryan Cave Atty Appeals Conviction Over Maxim Deal

    Former Bryan Cave LLP transactional attorney Harvey Newkirk on Thursday launched an appeal of his fraud conviction and prison sentence for a purported scheme to defraud lenders of $8 million as part of a failed ploy to acquire Maxim magazine.

  • April 29, 2016

    Google Says FCC Vacant Channel Rule Has No Downside

    Google Inc. has pressed the Federal Communications Commission to approve a proposal to set aside TV station white space for wireless purposes, saying Thursday that even the National Association of Broadcasters conceded the rule would have minimal consequences.

  • April 29, 2016

    NJ Casino Group Urges Action On Atlantic City Bailout

    The Casino Association of New Jersey renewed its push to save Atlantic City’s struggling gaming industry and overall finances, urging lawmakers Friday to enact a legislative package, in one of two competing forms, that calls for a state takeover and casino tax deferral plan.

  • April 29, 2016

    Morgan Lewis Denied Dilworth Docs In Philly Newspaper Row

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP was blocked Thursday from securing documents from Dilworth Paxson LLP in a Pennsylvania lawsuit accusing the former firm of improperly taking sides in a feud between rival groups that had owned Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers.

  • April 29, 2016

    Cooley, Skadden Steer $1B Rovi-TiVo Deal

    Rovi Solutions Corp., which provides digital media guides and licenses entertainment device patents, said Friday it is acquiring set-top-box maker TiVo Inc. in a $1.1 billion cash and stock deal guided by Cooley LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • April 29, 2016

    Ex-NBA Star Arenas Sues Over Investment In Phone Game

    Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas sued a former business partner in California state court Wednesday over a mobile game they co-own, saying he invested more than $100,000 in development that has yet to yield a viable game.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: Engaging The Media May Help Your Client

    Liz Mair

    While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.

  • Highlights From 2nd FCC Video Marketplace Workshop

    Jennifer Scullion

    The Federal Communications Commission’s second public workshop on the video marketplace focused on smaller multichannel video programming distributors and independent programmers. Several common themes emerged, including frustration with the role of most favored nation clauses in carriage agreements, says Jennifer Scullion of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Dentons: A New Kind Of Network?

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    Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Tattoo Copyrights May Finally Get Their Day In Court

    Yolanda M. King

    In a complaint recently filed in the Southern District of New York, licensing company Solid Oak alleges that the developers, marketers and distributors of the "NBA 2K16" video game are infringing its exclusive right to publicly display its copyrighted tattoos. Perhaps this will be the tattoo copyright case that does not settle, says Yolanda King, associate professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Researching Attorneys In PACER

    Brian Howard

    While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.

  • High Court Takes On Attorneys’ Fees In Copyright Cases

    Eleonora Zlotnikova

    On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court once again will hear argument in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley and visit — for the first time in at least 20 years — the issue of attorneys' fee awards in copyright cases. While Wiley argues that the circuit split is exaggerated and the district court did not abuse its broad discretion in applying the nonexclusive factors to its analysis under the Copyright Act, what we are witnessing is the continued erosi... (continued)

  • REBUTTAL: Why 'Monkey Selfie' Case Is Important

    Jeffrey S. Kerr

    Rather than giving the "monkey selfie" case the careful consideration that it deserves, a recent Law360 Expert Analysis article opted for dismissive retorts. PETA's argument in a federal court on behalf of a monkey named Naruto made legal history, and we have the moral imperative to further the evolution of the law, which has proved so vital to the betterment of our society in the past, says Jeffrey Kerr, general counsel at PETA.

  • What 2nd Circ. Signaled In NY Casino Antitrust Case

    Moses Silverman

    The Second Circuit's recent decision in Concord Associates v. Entertainment Properties Trust reaffirms the viability of motions to dismiss based on inadequate market definition in antitrust cases, say Moses Silverman and Joshua Kaye of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Is It Time To Repeal NY's Ancient Attorney Deceit Statute?

    David Bayne

    In 2014, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg brought an action in New York County Supreme Court against four law firms and nine individual lawyers, asserting violation of N.Y. Judiciary Law Section 487 — a peculiar statute that looms over every litigator in hotly contested state and federal cases in New York, say David Bayne and Steven Cordero of Akerman LLP.

  • New State Laws May Authorize More Than Just Fantasy Sports

    Andy Moore

    The definition for fantasy contest in recently enacted Indiana and Virginia bills — and in other states’ proposed bills based on the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Fantasy Contests Act — appears to expand authorized gambling under state law beyond traditional fantasy sports. A broad definition in state legislation is an avenue for the daily fantasy sports industry to increase the appeal of the products it offers, says Andy Moor... (continued)