Purported Snapchat Inc. co-founder Reggie Brown shot back Monday at claims that he improperly leaked confidential material about his suit to the media, confirming the releases but saying the information wasn’t actually secret.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Tuesday to allow the Suffolk Downs racetrack owners and Mohegan Sun to move forward with a significantly revised bid to build a $1 billion casino in the state, on the condition that the companies pass a new host city referendum.
Comcast Corp. told a Texas bankruptcy judge Monday that a fraud suit filed by the owner of the Houston Astros is threatening efforts to revive a co-owned regional sports network and that the team should be forced to present a viable plan for salvaging the network.
An executive for casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp., testifying before a U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee on Tuesday, asked Congressional members to refortify the Wire Act in a way that will block states from instituting online gambling.
Payday lending network Money Mutual and talk-show host Montel Williams on Monday asked a California federal judge to toss a putative class action alleging they lured borrowers into illegal loan agreements, arguing that Money Mutual was not responsible for the actions of individual lenders.
A software developer on Tuesday pressed the Seventh Circuit to revive its unusual claim that a fictional computer program in the Warner Bros. film “The Dark Knight Rises” infringes its software trademark, arguing that the movie confused potential customers and caused sales to plummet.
A local ABC Inc. affiliate in Boston on Monday launched the latest appeals court battle over online streaming service Aereo Inc., pressing the First Circuit to overturn a district decision that said Aereo likely didn’t violate copyright law.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC urged a New York federal judge on Monday to dismiss a $100 million antitrust suit against it and Apple Corps Ltd. for halting the release of a Beatles documentary, saying the suit is redundant and the film's debut was thwarted by an injunction, not a conspiracy.
The Fox News reporter who revealed that Colorado murder suspect James Holmes sent a “chilling” notebook to a psychiatrist before a 2012 mass shooting does not have to reveal her source, New York’s highest court said Tuesday, reversing lower courts.
Rapper Jay-Z and his record label Roc-A-Fella Records LLC on Monday blasted an artist’s contract and copyright lawsuit over the design for the label’s logo, saying the infringement claims were filed in bad faith.
The Tennis Channel Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to review a lower court's conclusion that Comcast Cable Communications LLC did not discriminate against it in favor of similar, competing, Comcast-affiliated networks, saying the decision rewrote discrimination law and clashes with precedent.
A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday allowed heirs of a Holocaust victim to advance their case to recover an impressionist masterpiece currently in a Spanish museum, ruling California’s six-year statute of limitations for recovering fine art from museums did not intrude on foreign affairs.
Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and five other technology giants on Monday stepped up efforts to limit government access to users' data by banding together to push U.S. officials to enact reforms that would rein in recently exposed surveillance activities.
A federal bankruptcy trustee on Friday asked a New Jersey judge not to approve up to $2.1 million in bonuses for the executives of an Atlantic City casino as they try to secure a buyer while working through the casino’s Chapter 11 restructuring.
A New York federal judge on Friday tossed a putative antitrust class action alleging Amazon.com Inc. conspired with the six largest book publishers to monopolize the e-book market and prevent competitors from undercutting their prices, ruling the plaintiffs couldn’t back up their claims with evidence.
Caesars Entertainment Corp. plans to ask the New Jersey Supreme Court to overturn a $5.2 million judgment leveled against it in a class action over an allegedly misleading casino promotion, according to a regulatory filing last week.
The attorneys general of more than 30 states on Friday shot back at Apple Inc.'s bid to dismiss their case seeking damages for the company's alleged conspiracy with publishers to fix e-book prices, calling it a "Hail Mary" attempt to avoid accountability.
Officials for Greenwood Racing Inc. on Friday blasted a third-party study conducted for a Maryland gambling authority, saying it shows a bias in favor of a rival project proposed by MGM Resorts International.
New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. said Monday that it will acquire content delivery services company EdgeCast Networks, in a deal designed to help Verizon strengthen its video delivery and Web services capabilities.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young settled a $5.5 million breach of contract lawsuit that accused his former agent and a financial adviser of misappropriation, heading off a trial that was set to start this week, his attorney said Monday.
The lesson from a Nevada federal court's recent decision in Gamble v. Boyd Gaming Corp. is that if defense counsel does have grounds for an injunction to stop false or misleading advertising on social media, it must make every effort to narrowly tailor their specific injunction requests to stop only the inappropriate contact with putative class members and not to infringe on the plaintiff’s counsel rights to free speech, says Casie Collignon of Baker & Hostetler LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
The term of copyright in sound recordings and performers' rights has been extended in Europe from 50 to 70 years for sound recordings that were first released on or after Jan. 1, 1963. It seems likely that the new law will have at least some commercial impact once the interplay between a number of provisions meant to benefit performers have been subject to careful analysis, say Sarah Byrt and Daniel Gallagher of Mayer Brown LLP.
The stars of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" recently succeeded in convincing the California labor commissioner to side with them in a dispute against their former manager/producer. The case provides a valuable lesson for managers who have side agreements with others in connection with their clients’ projects, says David Mark of Buchalter Nemer PLC.
In the past few months, several courts have considered how U.S. state and federal laws apply to defamation claims over negative online reviews. As the resulting decisions demonstrate, the barriers to succeeding on such a claim are high, say Matt Kellogg and Simon Frankel of Covington & Burling LLP.
The recent California appeals court decision in GetFugu Inc. v. Patton Boggs LLP serves as a reminder that parties should refrain from attempting to litigate their case in the press or on social media, particularly if the statements are known to be false, or the veracity of such statements is not yet confirmed, say Mark Hansen and Robert Milligan of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Whether or not the significant changes to China's trademark laws can be practically implemented or lead to real change, China has taken a positive step toward recognizing and protecting intellectual property rights in a manner consistent with international norms, say Perry Viscounty and Jennifer Barry of Latham & Watkins LLP.
The aggressively regulatory approach under the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act ensures that the bill as a whole is not likely to become law. The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports Act, introduced in the Senate the same day, addresses sports blackouts and also is unlikely to move as a standalone bill, say Seth Davidson and Arthur Harding of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The Federal Communications Commission recently unanimously adopted a declaratory ruling granting a request by the Coalition for Broadcast Investment to relax a longstanding de facto cap on foreign investment in broadcast companies, which marks a significant shift in regulatory policy and, in turn, presents a significant business opportunity, says Mace Rosenstein of Covington & Burling LLP.