Media & Entertainment

  • March 26, 2015

    Tribe Asks To Keep Casino Builder In Desecration Suit

    The Muscogee Creek Nation on Thursday urged an Alabama federal judge not to let a construction company that allegedly desecrated its sacred burial grounds while helping build a casino resort avoid its lawsuit, arguing they haven’t had a chance yet for discovery.

  • March 26, 2015

    'Napoleon Dynamite' Appeal Says Fox Owes $10M Of DVD Take

    The producers of the hit indie film “Napoleon Dynamite” urged a California appeals court Thursday to revive their claim that Fox Searchlight Pictures owes them $10 million in DVD royalties, arguing Fox altered the terms of their distribution agreement without notice after the deal was already sealed.

  • March 26, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Zhong An, TIAA-CREF, Jets' Johnson

    Zhong An Online Property Insurance is reportedly in talks to raise as much as $1 billion, a TIAA-CREF venture is said to have scored $190 million for work at a Third Avenue tower in New York, and Jets owner Woody Johnson has reportedly sold his Manhattan co-op for a record $77.5 million.

  • March 26, 2015

    Fla. House Committee Mulls Massive Gambling Expansion Bill

    Gaming industry representatives and anti-gambling advocates squared off Thursday in a lengthy Florida House of Representatives committee workshop on a bill that would allow for massive gambling expansions in the state, including two resort-style casinos in South Florida.

  • March 26, 2015

    Court Settlement Bars Go-Kart Racetrack Above College

    A Georgia federal judge ordered a permanent injunction on Wednesday that bars a go-kart racing directly above Virginia College LLC as part of a settlement involving a case accusing a property owner of breaking a contract by allowing the racecourse to be installed above the Savannah Mall-based vocational school, prompting nuisance complaints.

  • March 26, 2015

    Carnival Workers In Wage, Visa Suit Win Class Cert.

    Workers accusing an amusement park company of underpaying them and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses won class certification from a Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday, one day after the company was hit with a National Labor Relations Board suit over its response to the action.

  • March 26, 2015

    Atlantic City Job Recovery Bill Approved By NJ Assembly

    The New Jersey General Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would create an Urban Enterprise Zone in Atlantic City for the next 10 years, permitting businesses other than casinos to offer a reduced sales tax to encourage business growth and help stimulate the city's struggling economy.

  • March 26, 2015

    11th Circ. Won't Make Porn Co. Pay Extra Atty Fees

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court decision denying prevailing-party fees to a man accused of copyright infringement for illegally downloading adult films produced by Malibu Media LLC, ruling the lower court did not abuse its discretion.

  • March 26, 2015

    Journalist Suing Law Firm Over Video Must Use Real Name

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday ordered a journalist suing Bernabei & Wachtel PLLC over the firm’s sharing of her video of alleged sexual harassment in a related suit to provide her real name if she wants to proceed with her claims against the firm.

  • March 26, 2015

    Billboard REIT Outfront Media Selling $100M In Notes

    Outfront Media Inc., which formed last year as a real estate investment trust spinoff from CBS Corp. in the wake of the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations on real property, has priced a $100 million notes offering, the REIT announced Wednesday.

  • March 26, 2015

    Judge Upholds NY Land-Into-Trust For Oneida Nation

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a nonprofit group challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to take over 13,000 acres of land in central New York surrounding the Oneida Indian Nation of New York’s Turning Stone Resort & Casino into trust for the tribe.

  • March 26, 2015

    Moody's Says Default Still Possible For Atlantic City

    In light of a recent state-sponsored report outlining Atlantic City, New Jersey's troubled financial condition, credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services Inc. issued comments Wednesday saying it believes the proposals made for recovery are credit negative because they leave open the possibility of a default.

  • March 26, 2015

    Funk Icon's Ex-Partner Sues Stroock Over 'Malicious' Suit

    A long-standing legal feud between funk mystic George Clinton and his ex-business partner continued Wednesday in a lawsuit filed alleging malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy and defamation springing from a previous litigation over master recordings of Parliament music.

  • March 26, 2015

    Former Dolan Co. Execs Sidestep Class Action Over BofA

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action against former executives of business information provider Dolan Co. accusing them of misleading investors over the company’s deteriorating relationship with one of its largest customers, Bank of America Corp., ahead of its March 2014 bankruptcy.

  • March 26, 2015

    Pa. High Court Affirms Propriety Of 2nd Philly Casino License

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed an appellate ruling that state regulators could reissue a revoked license allowing a second casino in Philadelphia, delivering a blow to SugarHouse Casino, currently the city's only operating table gaming venue.

  • March 26, 2015

    Oppenheimer Hit With $3.8M Punishment Over Broadway Fraud

    Asset manager Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. has been fined almost $4 million in connection with a Broadway financing scam that landed one of its former brokers in jail.

  • March 25, 2015

    Watchdog Eyes Fees In $275M Standard Register Ch. 11 Sale

    The U.S. Trustee’s Office targeted on Wednesday the breakup fee in bankrupt Standard Register Co.'s proposed $275 million stalking horse sale to a group led by Silver Point Capital LP, arguing it ought to be nixed and the proposed expense reimbursement reduced more than fivefold.

  • March 25, 2015

    Ex-Clippers Owner Testifies He Bought Girlfriend House, Cars

    Donald Sterling’s wife and his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano faced off Wednesday in a Los Angeles trial over $3.6 million in cash, home payments and other gifts to Stiviano, with the real estate magnate and ex-Clippers owner testifying that Stiviano didn't "have 50 cents” during their relationship.

  • March 25, 2015

    Fla. Court Axes Seminole Members' Appeal In Ad Agency Row

    A Florida appeals court has dismissed an appeal by members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc., allowing a South Florida advertising company to pursue its claims over an allegedly broken contract to handle advertising for the tribe and its casinos.

  • March 25, 2015

    Bikram Yoga Guru Can’t Flex Way Out Of Sex Harassment Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday refused to let Bikram Choudhury and his yoga college out of a suit alleging he made unwanted sexual advances toward a female student, ruling that plaintiff Sarah Baughn’s sexual harassment and unfair competition claims could stand, while granting leave to amend others.

Expert Analysis

  • NLRB Appears Poised To Overturn Brown University Ruling

    Daniel V. Johns

    The recent reversal of earlier dismissals of two union representation petitions from graduate students by the National Labor Relations Board has boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities — the move could even pave the way for the NLRB to overturn its 2004 Brown University decision, say Daniel Johns and Emilia McKee Vassallo of Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • UK Competition And Markets Authority Targets Local Markets

    Alan Davis

    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority's recent settlement with an association of estate and lettings agents, three of its members and a newspaper publisher is notable as an indication of the CMA's ambition to be more active in relation to cartel enforcement compared with its predecessor, say Matt Evans and Alan Davis of Jones Day.

  • High Court May Take On Corporate 5th Amendment Privilege

    Ramzi Abadou

    A festering but virtually unnoticed circuit split over a legal doctrine the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized early last century may provide the Roberts court with the opportunity to grant corporate persons privilege against self-incrimination for the first time in U.S. history, says Ramzi Abadou of Kahn Swick & Foti LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Just Say No (To MDLs)?

    Alan E. Rothman

    What will spring bring for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation? Will it continue to close the door on new MDL proceedings? Will it decide to throw the baby out with the bathwater and decline to create a baby wipe MDL? asks Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • No Game-Changer For Fantasy Sports In Washington State

    Christopher Stanton

    Fantasy sports game operators and players were hopeful when Washington state legislators recently tried to legalize fantasy sports games in their state, but a problem with the proposed legislation surfaced almost immediately — a problem that centers on the difference between season-long fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • A Closer Look At Florida's Attempt To De-Anonymize Websites

    Andrew Hinkes

    In order to facilitate claims by copyright holders for unauthorized use of intellectual property online, the Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would require all website owners to conspicuously publish their contact information. But several aspects of the bill appear to contradict — and possibly be preempted by — federal law, says Andrew Hinkes of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • What's New In Pennsylvania's Latest Video Gaming Bill

    Frank DiGiacomo

    This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a bill that would authorize video gaming machines in establishments with valid liquor licenses. While similar legislation was introduced last year, there are distinct differences between the two bills, say attorneys with Duane Morris LLP.

  • We've Got Spirit — And It's Trademarked

    Briana Emerson

    School colors are more than a way to tell if a stranger deserves a high five or heckling on game day — they, along with traditional trademarks, are part of university licensing portfolios, which brought in total royalty revenues of $209 million in 2013, say Briana Emerson and Michael Spink of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • OPINION: Not All That Is Public Should Be Publicized

    Adam C. Sherman

    Although court decisions are public records, that doesn’t mean they should be publicized by the courts on search engines, such as Google. Access alone isn’t the problem. The issue is that these decisions appear prominently atop search results — even when browsing parties are not looking for them. Courts have opened their doors, but they need not remove them entirely, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Provides Guidance On Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

    Bradford Breen

    The Federal Circuit's decision and reasoning in Helferich Patent Licensing LLC v. New York Times Co. make clear that assertion of a patent exhaustion defense requires a detailed analysis of the asserted patent claims and individual analysis for each claimed invention, as well as a careful reading of any licenses granted by the patent owner, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.