Media & Entertainment

  • January 30, 2015

    Warner Bros. Scores Win In ‘Gravity’ Dispute With Novelist

    A California federal judge dismissed a suit filed by a best-selling author who alleged Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.’s Oscar-winning film “Gravity” was based in part on her novel of the same name, ruling that the author failed to show she had a contract with Warner Bros.

  • January 30, 2015

    Ban On Expired-Patent Royalties Must End, High Court Told

    The time has come to throw out a 50-year-old rule barring royalty agreements that extend beyond the expiration of a patent, the inventor of a Spider-Man toy has told the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the rule hinders innovation and competition.

  • January 30, 2015

    Brand Battles: 'Star Wars,' 7-Eleven, Red Bull

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a hologram technology company with a name linked to "Star Wars" gets targeted by Disney's Lucasfilm, 7-Eleven is tripped up by a small company's trademarks on coffee, and Red Bull thinks consumers will be confused by "ox" trademarks.

  • January 30, 2015

    Market Rumors: Alibaba, 1MBD, GFI Group

    Alibaba's financial arm, worth an estimated $50 billion, is mulling an initial public offering, while Malaysia's second-richest man might be the key to helping state investor 1MDB move forward with its $3 billion IPO.

  • January 30, 2015

    NY Senator Bets On Casino Licensees' Success In Court

    New York state Sen. John J. Bonacic told a room of lawyers on Friday that he believes the state's casino license winners will survive litigation attempts to block the projects and that with Albany reeling from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's indictment, lawmakers’ outside employment should be banned to avoid corruption temptation.

  • January 30, 2015

    Porn Co. Vivid Wins Trademark Suit Against Ex-Club Owner

    A Florida federal judge on Friday imposed harsh sanctions for a former club owner sued by Vivid Entertainment LLC in a trademark infringement case, granting a default judgment after the ex-owner failed both to help prepare the pretrial statement and to appear at the final pretrial conference.

  • January 30, 2015

    Taylor Swift Launches Bid To Trademark Trendy ‘1989’ Lyrics

    Fans of Taylor Swift may love to sing along to her songs, but the Grammy-winning singer draws the line at putting her lyrics on T-shirts and a smorgasbord of other products, according to a series of trademark filings for catchy phrases like “This Sick Beat” and “Party Like It’s 1989.”

  • January 30, 2015

    Vermont Secures Settlement Over Marketer's Info Gathering

    A marketing company that generates leads for insurance agents has agreed to pay $90,000 and enhance its privacy disclosures to resolve the Vermont attorney general's claims that it solicited consumers' personal information without explaining how the data would be used, the regulator said Thursday. 

  • January 30, 2015

    Chancery Finds Ancestry.com Stock Price Fair In $1.6B Deal

    A Delaware Chancery judge ruled Friday that the $32-per-share price in the $1.6 billion buyout of Ancestry.com by a private equity firm was indeed fair value for the merger, rejecting an argument by several hedge fund shareholders that the deal should have been valued at up to $47 per share.

  • January 30, 2015

    Revel Creditors Make Peace With $125M Bankruptcy Loan

    Lawyers for the Revel Casino Hotel’s unsecured creditors announced a last-minute settlement Friday with bankruptcy lender Wells Fargo NA that hands them a better return in exchange for their support of a strenuously contested $125 million financing package.

  • January 30, 2015

    Hard Rock Nabs Preliminary OK For Possible NJ Casino

    New Jersey gaming regulators on Thursday gave Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment Inc., the owner of the Hard Rock cafes, preliminary approval to move toward launching a casino in Atlantic City.

  • January 30, 2015

    Michael Jackson's Mom Loses Bid For New Trial Against AEG

    A California appellate court on Friday upheld a jury's verdict that concert promoter AEG Live LLC was not liable for the doctor who fatally overdosed pop legend Michael Jackson, rejecting arguments from the performer's family that jury instructions were flawed.

  • January 30, 2015

    2nd Circ. Skeptical Of DOL Test At Intern Wage Arguments

    The Second Circuit was openly critical of a six-factor U.S. Department of Labor test backed by both the agency and former unpaid interns pursuing closely-watched wage class actions against the Hearst Corp. and Fox Entertainment Group Inc. at oral arguments Friday morning. 

  • January 30, 2015

    Keells Pushes $850M Sri Lanka Resort Despite Casino Ban

    Conglomerate John Keells PLC said Friday it would continue with a Sri Lankan waterfront project estimated at $850 million even without a casino — now that the new government is blocking such gambling venues — saying its multifaceted development retains broad appeal.

  • January 30, 2015

    Vegas Casino Hotels Score Live Entertainment Tax Refunds

    A dozen Las Vegas hotel casinos on Thursday scored more than $600,000 in tax refunds from Nevada gambling regulators for overpaying the state’s live entertainment tax.

  • January 30, 2015

    Jay-Z Swipes At Spotify With $56M Music Streaming Co. Buy

    Rap mogul Jay-Z expanded his business empire into music streaming on Friday with the $56 million purchase of Aspiro AB, an up-and-coming competitor to streaming giant Spotify AB best known for its Wimp and Tidal services.

  • January 30, 2015

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s bustling media and entertainment group deftly handled complex financing and distribution deals on acclaimed films including “Selma,” while its litigation team scored major wins for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. in contract disputes, placing Sheppard Mullin among Law360’s Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2015

    NCAA Antitrust Judge Recuses Self Over Butler U Trusteeship

    An Indiana federal judge on Thursday recused herself from overseeing an antitrust class action over the NCAA’s scholarship cap, granting the plaintiff’s motion to hand off the case because her position as a trustee of Butler University could divert attention from litigating the merits of the case.

  • January 29, 2015

    Sony Coverage Denial Was Right Call, Insurance Groups Say

    A pair of insurance industry groups on Wednesday urged a New York appellate court to uphold a lower court's groundbreaking decision to free two insurers from covering the infamous PlayStation Network data breach, contending that a ruling in Sony's favor would conflict with longstanding legal precedent.

  • January 29, 2015

    Cablevision Sues Verizon Over 'Fastest Wi-Fi' Ads

    Cablevision Systems Corp. on Thursday hit rival Verizon Communications Inc. with a false advertising suit in New York federal court, alleging Verizon’s recent advertising in the New York area promising the “fastest Wi-Fi” is a deliberate falsehood meant to undercut Cablevision’s business.

Expert Analysis

  • FTC Is Cracking Down On 'Revenge Porn'

    Whitney Gibson

    The Federal Trade Commission just announced that a Colorado man will be banned from distributing nude photos and videos without the subjects’ consent. Free speech advocates might argue that the FTC cannot require websites containing nudity to have consent from all subjects of the photos, but what is notable about many revenge porn websites is that photos and videos are often accompanied by the subjects' contact information, say Whi... (continued)

  • A General Counsel's Top 10 Tips On Calif. Wage-And-Hour Law

    Francis M. Drelling

    California is a great place to live, but it can be a challenging place to do business, with one of the biggest challenges being the multitude of wage-and-hour class actions filed each day. I never had a "starter kit" when I first began my in-house practice, but I certainly wish someone had given me one, says Francis Drelling, general counsel with Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • 5 TCPA Questions To Ask Your Marketing Department

    Ross Shanken

    To make sure that your marketing department is complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, you need to look at the TCPA through a slightly different lens. Marketers don’t speak much legalese, so you might try your hand at some marketing speak, says Ross Shanken, CEO of LeadiD.

  • Key Questions When Selecting E-Discovery Vendors

    David Houlihan

    While e-discovery remains a critical pain point in litigation, the "solutions" supporting its processes continue to evolve. In order to help organizations navigate the sea of options, we conducted research with 21 organizations across e-discovery market segments to understand the factors involved in successful e-discovery investments, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • How To Fix College Football's Legal Issues

    James Gulotta Jr.

    Baseball and basketball players have professional employment opportunities at an early age — there is no reason why football players should not have similar opportunities. If the National Football League's three-season waiting rule were lifted, much of the confusion affecting college football resolves into clarity, says James Gulotta Jr. of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC.

  • Who Owns Your Company Facebook Account? #unclear

    Nary Kim

    Over 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies now maintain a Twitter or Facebook account. Like their human counterparts, companies are actively blogging, tweeting, updating their Facebook pages, and posting videos and comments on YouTube. But who owns these social media accounts, employee or employer? Turns out, it's not so clear, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2014 JPML Practice Trends

    Alan E. Rothman

    At its December session, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered the second attempt by a distributor of dietary supplements to create an MDL proceeding, raising the prospect of the first Hawaii MDL proceeding in nearly 20 years. But as we gear up for the panel hearing on Thursday, let's also consider how JPML trends of 2014 compare with prior years, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Caesars’ Bankruptcy Plan Already Under Attack?

    Mark A. Salzberg

    The Southern District of New York’s opinion denying in large part two motions to dismiss filed by Caesars Entertainment Corp. in response to a lawsuit brought by noteholders is notable as being the first examination of Caesars’ pre-bankruptcy financial maneuvering and highlights some problems that could arise in the bankruptcy proceeding, says Mark Salzberg of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • When Scientific Research Becomes False Advertising

    Sandra Edelman

    Publicizing the results of scientific research in advertising or promotional material may enhance a company’s reputation or increase product sales, but it is important to do so carefully. The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Eastman Chem. Co. v. PlastiPure Inc. demonstrates that the use of scientific research can lead to liability for false advertising under the Lanham Act, says Sandra Edelman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • D&O Coverage May Be An Asset During Data Breaches

    Sabrina N. Guenther

    While there have so far been no reported cases regarding the application of directors and officers policies to class actions arising out of data breaches, D&O policies are designed to cover acts that directors and officers perform in their jobs and the allegations in the Target Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and other lawsuits fall directly within that purpose, say Matthew Jacobs and Sabrina Guenther of Jenner & Block LLP.