Media & Entertainment

  • July 30, 2014

    Mugshots Website Says Free Speech Bars Class Action

    JustMugshots.com Corp. urged a California judge on Wednesday to toss a putative class action alleging the website violated arrestees' publicity rights by publishing mugshots and arrest data without consent and charging to remove the information, saying the site is protected under the First Amendment because it provides a public service.

  • July 30, 2014

    Copyright Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2014

    Things move slowly in the dog days of summer, but expect the world of copyright law to speed up in the second half of the year, with highly anticipated decisions and developments on mass digitization, the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” ruling, Aereo's bid for a compulsory license, and more.

  • July 30, 2014

    $1.75M Exec Bonus Plan OK'd In Bankrupt Revel Casino Sale

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a plan that would give Revel AC Inc., owner of Atlantic City’s beleaguered Revel Casino Hotel, permission to dole out $1.75 million in executive bonuses in connection with the hotel's sale.

  • July 30, 2014

    NJ May Be Ready To Roll Dice On Casino Gambling Expansion

    As pressure mounts for New Jersey to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City, lawmakers are considering putting the issue to voters before the end of an unofficial five-year moratorium, but questions remain about how specific the constitutional referendum should be to win the support of lawmakers and the public.

  • July 30, 2014

    Judge Won't Toss Copyright Suit Over Disney's 'Frozen'

    A California federal judge refused Tuesday to toss a suit claiming the Walt Disney Co. infringed a short-film creator's copyright with the teaser trailer for its 3-D computer-animated blockbuster "Frozen," ruling its plot and sequence of events are substantially similar to the plaintiff's two-dimensional computer-animated movie.

  • July 30, 2014

    Al Jazeera Tries To Ax Sealed Docs In Settled AT&T Row

    Al Jazeera America LLC urged a Delaware Chancery Court judge to eliminate sealed documents filed in its suit against AT&T Services Inc., saying Wednesday that the order requiring the lion’s share of the contract dispute to be made public should no longer apply now that the case has been settled.

  • July 30, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Snapchat, TRW Automotive, UniCredit

    Snapchat, maker of a mobile app that shares photos briefly before deleting them, may become the latest tech startup with an 11-digit valuation while Germany's ZF is preparing to pour out $12 billion to snap up U.S.-based TRW Automotive.

  • July 30, 2014

    Failed Philly Casino Venture Wins Ch. 11 Plan Approval

    A Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy judge has approved a modified Chapter 11 plan in the bankruptcy of Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners LP, the entity behind a planned Foxwoods casino project that fell through in 2010.

  • July 30, 2014

    Study Finds Calif. Firms Dominated US IPO Market In 2013

    California-based companies dominated the U.S. initial public offering market in 2013, accounting for 28 percent of public floats during the year as health care, technology, media and telecommunications companies flocked to the stock market, a study released Wednesday found.

  • July 30, 2014

    Amaya Shareholders OK $5B Deal For PokerStars' Parent

    Shareholders of Amaya Gaming Group Inc. on Wednesday approved the financing for a $4.9 billion deal that will have the Canadian-based gambling machine supplier pick up the owners of online gambling companies PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

  • July 30, 2014

    Comcast Spectacor Ducks Finder's Fee Suit Over 76ers Sale

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which two sports industry veterans sought a $2 million finder's fee from Comcast Spectacor LP, the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, stemming from the 2011 sale of the franchise.

  • July 30, 2014

    Apple, States Can't Agree On Changes To E-Books Deal

    Apple Inc. and state authorities have been unable to strike a deal to modify a $450 million antitrust settlement of legal claims over Apple's e-books store, attorneys said Wednesday after the judge expressed concern that the deal may be unfair to consumers.

  • July 30, 2014

    Time Warner Unit Dodges Antitrust Suit Over Cable-Box Tying

    A Time Warner Inc. subsidiary on Tuesday escaped a proposed antitrust class action accusing the cable operator of illegally tying cable box rentals to its premium cable services, with a Kentucky federal judge finding that the plaintiffs hadn't provided enough evidence of the alleged practice.

  • July 30, 2014

    DreamWorks Says SEC Investigating 'Turbo' Write-Downs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into how DreamWorks Animation SKG handled accounting around one of its films released last year, the film studio disclosed Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2014

    Ex-News Of The World Editors Charged In Phone Hack Sting

    British prosecutors on Wednesday charged two more former editors at defunct tabloid News of the World as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. media empire.

  • July 29, 2014

    5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed In $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Row

    A New York Times reporter and at least four other food reporters have been subpoenaed in the $1.2 billion suit accusing American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. and journalist Diane Sawyer of defaming a beef trimmings maker by referring to its product as “pink slime,” according to reports on Tuesday.

  • July 29, 2014

    NCAA's $75M Deal Shortchanges Players, Judge Told

    The NCAA’s freshly minted $75 million settlement of student-athlete concussion litigation prompted an immediate backlash Tuesday from some plaintiffs’ attorneys, with one telling an Illinois federal judge that the deal lets the NCAA dodge billions of dollars in liability while doing nothing for players who were actually injured.

  • July 29, 2014

    Facebook Hit With $123M 'Revenge Porn' Suit Over Fake Pics

    Facebook Inc. has been hit with a $123 million "revenge porn" lawsuit in Texas state court by a Facebook user who says her former friend posted doctored photos depicting sexual acts, without her knowledge or consent, "to the Facebook world of 1.23 billion subscribers worldwide."

  • July 29, 2014

    Patent ‘Troll’ Accuses Adam Carolla Of Spurning Podcast Deal

    Personal Audio LLC on Tuesday threw some punches at comedian and star podcaster Adam Carolla, accusing him of soliciting money from fans to cover legal fees even though the podcast patent-holding company had agreed to dismiss its patent infringement suit against him.

  • July 29, 2014

    5th Circ. Axes Texas Bingo Law Limiting Political Speech

    The Fifth Circuit said Monday that a Texas law that prevents charities from spending money raised through bingo games on political lobbying imposes an impermissible restriction on free speech.

Expert Analysis

  • The Risks Posed By Anonymous Social Apps

    Susan McLean

    Users of new social media apps like Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak should not be lulled into a false sense of security simply because these apps purport to be anonymous — they may even be riskier than traditional social media platforms because anonymity may create an environment where users feel free to behave recklessly, says Susan McLean of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Death Rattle For Unfinished Business Claims?

    Angelo G. Savino

    In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Redskins Ruling Is Consistent With TTAB Precedent

    Patricia Cotton

    While the highly publicized Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision canceling trademark registrations used by the Washington Redskins has taken some by surprise, the holding is in line with several recent TTAB decisions involving the registration of disparaging marks — decisions that received far less media attention, says Patricia Cotton of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 6th Circ. Errs In Conflating Primary With Excess Insurance

    Richard C. Mason

    The Sixth Circuit’s IMG Worldwide v. Westchester Fire Insurance Co. decision needlessly eliminates consumer choice — and promises to increase declaratory judgments by excess insurers who heretofore had not needed to preemptively involve the courts, says Richard Mason, co-chairman of Cozen O’Connor PC's professional liability insurance coverage and reinsurance practices.

  • VIDEO: Lacoste North America CEO Discusses US Market

    Anthony Lupo

    Shedding light on the lifestyle brand’s strategic initiatives in the U.S., as well as real estate law and the importance of Fifth Avenue, Lacoste North America president and CEO Francis Pierrel sat down for a video interview with Anthony Lupo, co-chairman of Arent Fox's IP practice and chairman of the firm's fashion, luxury goods and retail group.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Can A Domain Name Trump Trademark Rights?

    Roberta Horton

    Courts seemingly have not faced a domain name registrant’s claims to enjoin use of a subsequently adopted trademark. Yet, there is hope for the registrant. By using the name prominently to distinguish goods and services, and seeking federal registration, the domain name holder should make a good case for prevailing in a dispute with a junior trademark user, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.