Media & Entertainment

  • April 17, 2015

    Caesars Noteholders Seek Kirkland & Ellis Docs In DQ Row

    Junior creditors in Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc.'s bankruptcy proceedings on Friday urged an Illinois bankruptcy judge to force Kirkland & Ellis LLP to turn over documents they contend may show a conflict, the latest development in their bid to disqualify the firm from representing the company.

  • April 17, 2015

    UFC, Fighters Want ADR To Referee Antitrust Dispute

    An antitrust battle between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a putative class of its mixed martial arts fighters will enter an alternative dispute resolution process before October, according to a joint order signed by a California federal judge Friday.

  • April 17, 2015

    Patent Challenged By Apple, Twitter Survives AIA Review

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday ruled in favor of a patent holding company in an inter partes review requested by Apple Inc., Twitter Inc. and Yelp Inc., finding the tech giants failed to prove the data patent held by Evolutionary Intelligence LLC was invalid.

  • April 17, 2015

    Brand Battles: Procter & Gamble, L'Oreal, 'Dark 'N Stormy'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Procter & Gamble and L'Oreal duke it out over whether the French makeup giant is trying to register a generic term, and the trademark-protected "Dark 'N Stormy" cocktail is tested by a "stormy" rival.

  • April 17, 2015

    Group Says Calif. Never Ceded Jurisdiction Over Casino Site

    A coalition suing to shutter a tribal-owned Sonoma County casino urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a California appeals court's holding that a 2000 federal statute granting the tribe federal recognition divested the state's historic territorial jurisdiction over the casino site.

  • April 17, 2015

    CenturyLink Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality

    CenturyLink Inc. lobbed a suit on Friday challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recently enacted net neutrality rules, saying that the tough new rules are an abuse of discretion and beyond the scope of the agency’s authority, according to documents filed with the D.C. Circuit.

  • April 17, 2015

    Fox Rothschild Opens New Office In Chicago

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Friday that it has expanded the reach of its practice and marked its first foray into the Midwest with the opening of its 21st office nationwide in Chicago, which comprises four gaming, real estate, litigation and corporate attorneys from Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • April 17, 2015

    Altegrity Fights To Keep Units' Docs Under Wraps In Ch. 11

    Risk and information services outfit Altegrity Inc. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday it would identify contractors and government clients of the unit that vetted U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden but requested authority to seal similar data Dow Jones & Co. Inc. has sought about its other businesses.

  • April 17, 2015

    Agents Can’t Strike Out ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Suit

    A California judge ruled on Friday that a talent agency swept up in a suit alleging that screenwriters stole a project to make the 2012 film “Trouble with the Curve” can’t invoke the First Amendment to nix the suit because it wasn’t part of the creative process.

  • April 17, 2015

    Tribal Casino Evades Wrongful Death Suit Over Jurisdiction

    A Mississippi federal judge tossed a wrongful death suit against a tribal casino Friday, saying federal courts lacked jurisdiction because the Choctaw tribe and its casino were not citizens of any state.

  • April 17, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Cirque du Soleil, Vessel, Deutsche Bank

    A TPG Capital Management-led consortium is nearing a deal to buy a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil Inc. valuing the theatrical circus company at about $1.5 billion, while online video service and hopeful YouTube rival Vessel has closed its second fundraising round after raising $57.5 million.

  • April 17, 2015

    Union Not Responsible For Facebook Threats, DC Circ. Rules

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that federal labor law did not require a union to remove Facebook comments posted by union members threatening workers who crossed a picket line, saying the union isn’t responsible for members’ comments in a private online forum.

  • April 17, 2015

    Ariz. Rejects Tribe's $400M Phoenix Casino, Cites Fraud

    Arizona’s gaming authority will not approve a controversial $400 million Native American casino in the Phoenix metro area, the agency has told the tribe, saying the tribe committed fraud and that court rulings allowing casino construction do not require it to certify the operation.

  • April 17, 2015

    Dish, Others Tell FCC To Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger

    Dish Network Corp. and dozens of others urged the Federal Communications Commission chairman to block Comcast Corp.’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable Inc., arguing in an open letter on Friday that the merger would harm competition even if Comcast promises to follow “net neutrality” rules.

  • April 17, 2015

    Oprah Network Says Fla. Man Used Its IP In Fraud Schemes

    The Oprah Winfrey Network and President Barack Obama’s former personal aide sued a man Friday in Florida federal court claiming he used OWN LLC’s trademarks and the officers’ names to try and obtain gifts, employment and access to celebrities.

  • April 17, 2015

    NJ Judge Blocks Straub's Plan To Re-Energize Revel

    A New Jersey federal judge issued a bench ruling on Friday morning barring the new owner of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City from using equipment claimed by the resort’s former energy supplier to restore power to the building following a weeklong blackout.

  • April 17, 2015

    Disney 'Frozen' IP Accuser Lets It Go — To 3rd Circ.

    The author who claims the Walt Disney Co. ripped off the idea for “Frozen” from her memoir is urging the Third Circuit to revive her $250 million copyright infringement suit, which a New Jersey federal judge threw out in February after finding that the two works are “entirely different.”

  • April 17, 2015

    Multimedia Games Shareholders Settle Suit Over $1.2B Buyout

    Shareholders who sued over casino game maker Multimedia Games Holding Co. Inc.’s $1.2 billion merger with a gaming services company last year have settled with the companies after more information about the deal was released.

  • April 17, 2015

    Judge Who Leaked Celebrity Adoption Loses Law License

    The Supreme Court of Arkansas on Thursday accepted the voluntary surrender of the law license of the disgraced former judge who stepped down after leaking information about actress Charlize Theron’s adoption online and later pled guilty to being bribed in a nursing home wrongful death suit.

  • April 17, 2015

    Trump Agency Blasts Model's Opposition To Dismissal Bid

    Trump Model Management LLC pressed forward Thursday in its bid to dismiss a putative class action accusing the agency of exploiting and underpaying foreign models, telling a New York federal judge the plaintiff has yet to address the fatal flaws of her argument.

Expert Analysis

  • Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-In-Fiction Claim

    Kelli Sager

    In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” recently successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897 Henry James novel. The case highlights the unusual legal questions raised by defamation claims arising from fictional works, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Protecting Company And Athlete In Endorsement Deals

     Sekou Lewis

    Situations where a professional athlete no longer feels comfortable using a product that he or she has been paid to endorse, such as the recent case of Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons and Chinese shoe company Anta, present a litany of problems for both the athlete and the apparel company. There are ways to structure an endorsement contract to avoid issues like this, say Sekou Lewis and Benjamin Wanger of Schnader Harrison... (continued)

  • 2 Routes To Hourly Rates For Lawyers

    Gerald G. Knapton

    If we were developing a system to determine legal fees from a clean slate, we would price our professional services according to quality, efficiency and results — tasks and team would be agreed upon. Instead, we have an hourly system that discourages tight management, can lead to padded bills and includes time for work that may not have been necessary, says Gerald Knapton of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC.

  • Time To Re-Evaluate Your TLD Strategy

    Sheri Falco

    It is clear that many marks owners have not yet maximized the trademark protections built into the new top-level domain program, says Sheri Falco, general counsel of ICM Registry LLC.

  • 10 Considerations When Your Departing Employee Is A Lawyer

    Tyler Young

    The Schlumberger Ltd. and PTT LLC suits underscore the significant risks and difficult decisions presented by the departure of an in-house attorney who knows trade secret and confidential information, say Randy Kahnke and Tyler Young of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • How To Weather Media Inquiries In High-Profile Cases

    Jolie Balido

    Avoid using “no comment” in response to a question or statement from reporters. Some reporters, particularly TV news reporters, are simply trying to elicit a reaction for a quick visual and aren’t particularly concerned with the actual answer, says Jolie Balido, president of marketing communications firm Roar Media.

  • This Week In Congress: Taxes, Budget Resolution And Iran

    Richard A. Hertling

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a markup on Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act, a strong, bipartisan tool ensuring that Congress would have the final say over any deal worked out at the negotiating table. The impact of inflammatory Iranian statements and the proxy war going on in Yemen is likely to provide further momentum for the bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Will The Pendulum Swing Back In IPR Proceedings?

    Fangli Chen

    Inter partes review is increasingly being used by competitors in the pharmaceutical industry to knock out commercially significant patents that protect drug products. While early signs indicate the Federal Circuit will give much deference to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, time will tell if the pendulum begins to swing back in favor of beleaguered patent owners, say attorneys at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • California Is Latest State To Tackle Lawyer Blogs

    Trisha Rich

    While the California State Bar's recent attempt to address lawyer blogs will ultimately provide clarity to some authors, the draft opinion is not without problems, including some constitutional issues, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • How US Sanctions Can Affect Cos. With Russian Investors

    Arman Pahlavan

    Many Russian investors presently hold shares in U.S. companies that may be acquired or go public, and there are concerns about violating U.S. sanctions when distributing such assets to Russian investors. These portfolio companies now face questions as to what risks they may face in the event of liquidity, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.