Media & Entertainment

  • October 24, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: PetSmart, Societe Generale, Atlanta Hawks

    Private equity powerhouse KKR & Co. LP is reportedly among the buyout firms looking at snatching up PetSmart Inc., while Societe Generale SA is eyeing an exit from Brazil and has been negotiating a sale of its assets in the South American country to major local banks.

  • October 24, 2014

    FCC Pushes Airwave Auction For Mobile Broadband To 2016

    The Federal Communications Commission is pushing back the voluntary auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum to mobile broadband providers until 2016 because of a pending lawsuit over the auction’s rules filed by the National Association of Broadcasters in the D.C. Circuit, the agency announced Friday.

  • October 24, 2014

    BMI Defeats Sly Stone Manager's Royalty Contract Claims

    A California judge on Friday rejected funk legend Sly Stone's former manager's bid to revive claims that Broadcast Music Inc. breached a royalty agreement by paying $1 million to “impostors” posing as the manager, upholding a jury's finding that BMI had no agreement with the manager.

  • October 24, 2014

    Regal Theaters Escapes First-Run Films Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed an independent movie chain’s antitrust suit accusing Regal Entertainment Group of using its market dominance to coerce film distributors into granting it exclusive film licenses, ruling the complaint was too vague to survive.

  • October 24, 2014

    Dispute Over 'Boardwalk Empire' Song Rights Settled

    A California federal judge on Thursday approved an undisclosed settlement between the founder of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre and a former guitar player in a spat over who owns the copyright to several of the band’s songs, including one used in the “Boardwalk Empire” credits.

  • October 24, 2014

    Atty Linked To Ohio State Scandal Suspended Over Ticket Lie

    A former Ohio attorney who was drawn into the scandal that brought down former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel had his law license indefinitely suspended by the state’s top court Thursday after trying to maneuver his way out of speeding ticket.

  • October 24, 2014

    Exotic Dancers Win Cert. In Miami Club OT Suit

    A Florida magistrate judge conditionally certified a collective class of exotic dancers Thursday in their lawsuit accusing a Miami strip club of stiffing them on wages and overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 24, 2014

    Investors Blast Multimedia Games' $1.2B Sale To Global Cash

    Casino games maker Multimedia Games Holding Co. Inc. was hit with a second shareholder class action in Texas federal court Thursday alleging its proposed $1.2 billion buyout by Las Vegas-based Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. cheats shareholders, casting another cloud over the deal.

  • October 24, 2014

    Insurer Wants Gawker Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Feud Trashed

    Nautilus Insurance Co. asked a New York federal judge to call the match early on Thursday in its dispute with Gawker Media LLC over a lawsuit involving the release of a sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan, arguing the claims fall outside the scope of coverage Gawker’s policy provides.

  • October 23, 2014

    Senator Questions Whisper's Location Data, Privacy Policies

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., on Thursday called on anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper to provide him with more information about its location tracking and data-sharing practices, after a report accused the company of surreptitiously collecting location information and colluding with media organizations.

  • October 23, 2014

    Leagues Push For 'Urgent' Injunction Of NJ Sports Betting

    The four major U.S. sports leagues and the NCAA on Thursday said they would be irreparably injured if the courts don’t grant an “urgent” injunction stopping New Jersey’s new sports betting law from going into effect on Sunday.

  • October 23, 2014

    Top NY Court Backs EMI In Duke Ellington Royalty Suit

    New York's top appeals court on Thursday refused to revive a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Duke Ellington that claimed music publisher EMI was effectively “double-dipping” into foreign sales of the jazz legend's music.

  • October 23, 2014

    'Jersey Shore' Star Remains On Bail In $9M Tax Situation

    Former "Jersey Shore" star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his manager can remain free on bail but under strict bail terms, such as abstention from drinking, on their indictment for tax fraud, conspiracy and failure to file taxes on $8.9 million in income, a New Jersey federal judge said on Thursday.

  • October 23, 2014

    Amazon To Refund 1,000 Prime Memberships In Iowa

    Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to provide refunds or credits to more than 1,000 Iowa residents who were unaware they would be automatically charged for one-year Amazon Prime memberships if they did not opt out of a free trial offer of the service, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.

  • October 23, 2014

    Judge Questions Scope Of $75M NCAA Concussion Deal

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday questioned why the NCAA’s proposed $75 million concussion settlement includes student-athletes who played noncontact sports such as archery, one of several concerns he raised as the organization and plaintiffs’ attorneys pressed him to grant the deal preliminary approval.

  • October 23, 2014

    Pa. Officials Ask High Court To Keep $60M NCAA Suit Rolling

    Two Pennsylvania government officials are asking the state’s Supreme Court to deny the NCAA’s request to toss a suit over a $60 million consent decree with Penn State University related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, saying the NCAA is seeking special treatment in the case.

  • October 23, 2014

    Aereo Can't Use Compulsory License, Judge Says

    Aereo Inc., the upstart online streaming service that was shuttered by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, lost its bid Thursday to continue operating by using the compulsory copyright license available to cable providers.

  • October 23, 2014

    Trump Resorts Gets Final OK To Fund Case With Icahn Cash

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. final approval Thursday to fund its case with cash collateral that secures credit from companies controlled by Carl Icahn after the casino operator resolved issues from unsecured creditors who worried it might dash any hope of a recovery.

  • October 23, 2014

    7th Circ. Won't Resurrect Redbox Video Privacy Class Action

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a proposed class action accusing Redbox Automated Retail LLC of illegally disclosing consumers' personally identifiable information to a customer service contractor, ruling the data sharing was necessary for the contractor to perform its duties.

  • October 23, 2014

    Facebook Skirts UK Corporate Taxes For A 2nd Year

    Facebook Inc.'s U.K. arm earned over £49.8 million ($79.9 million) in revenue last year, yet paid zero U.K. corporate taxes for the second year in a row, according to financial filings released Tuesday that could draw increased scrutiny as European governments crack down on corporate tax avoidance.

Expert Analysis

  • Aereo Bid To Avoid Injunction Gets Poor Reception

    Robert Kenney

    Aereo Inc. is now barred from retransmitting broadcast television programming at any time while that programming is being broadcast. The New York federal judge's ruling emphatically answers at least one question that may not have been clear — any time delay in retransmission that is less than the entire length of the broadcast to its conclusion is impermissible, says Robert Kenney of Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP.

  • Sterling Case Offers Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insight

    Shari A. Levitan

    The dispute between Donald and Shelly Sterling — resolution of which determined the control of the trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers and whether it could be sold for a reported $2 billion — highlights the steps required for trustee removal, and raised other interesting issues as to the relevant degree of capacity required for certain actions and the time at which the measure of capacity was taken, say Shari Levitan and Stac... (continued)

  • Why You Should Start Thinking About Upcoming Drone Regs

    William O'Connor

    Companies and trade associations interested in obtaining the benefits of small unmanned aircraft systems should start formulating plans now to help shape the Federal Aviation Administration's much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking — likely to issue in mid-December — and the regulations that will come out of it. They need not wait for the notice, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • NCAA Insurance News — A Step In The Right Direction

    Richard Giller

    Although the National Collegiate Athletic Association's recent decision to enable student-athletes to borrow against their potential future earnings in order to purchase insurance that protects those earnings only affects the handful of student-athletes who might play professional sports, it nevertheless represents a significant departure from the NCAA’s previous position, says Richard Giller of Polsinelli PC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • The Latest On Preliminary Injunctions In Trademark Cases

    Richard Kirkpatrick

    For many years, preliminary injunctions have long been the standard remedy of choice to challenge and stop trademark infringements at an early stage, but that long tradition may be in for a big change, says Richard Kirkpatrick of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Tax Lessons From Reality Stars On What Not To Do

    Stephanie C. Chomentowski

    Two reality stars recently made headlines for being prosecuted for tax crimes and fraud, underscoring the fact that how information is conveyed to the government can sometimes make the difference between being able to avoid criminal charges and being sentenced to prison, says Stephanie Chomentowski of Blank Rome LLP.

  • 7th Circ. Ruling Makes Fair Use Even More Unpredictable

    Alan Friedman

    In Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC, the Seventh Circuit recently criticized and distinguished itself from a major fair use ruling that the Second Circuit issued in 2013. This could create incentives to forum shop with respect to works distributed nationwide in which jurisdiction and venue lies in both the Second and Seventh circuits, says Alan Friedman of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Essential Legal Considerations For Cos. Developing Apps

    Armand Zottola

    App development can bring great opportunity, visibility and income to a company. But there are some pronounced or unique intellectual property, ownership, privacy, data security and advertising considerations that a company should keep in mind, say Armand Zottola and Morgan Brubaker of Venable LLP.