Media & Entertainment

  • November 21, 2014

    Aereo's Gone, But Internet TV Is Here To Stay

    Aereo Inc. ended its three-year copyright battle with a bankruptcy filing, but the trend that the streaming startup so publicly represented — the increasing popularity of novel, Internet-based services for access to video content — isn't going anywhere.

  • November 21, 2014

    Miami Shoots Down $121M Plan To Renovate Marine Stadium

    A $121 million privately funded plan to renovate the Miami Marine Stadium was shot down Thursday by city commissioners who expressed concern about the no-bid process and said they may want to pursue a formal request for proposals or voter referendum on the issue.

  • November 21, 2014

    DC Circ. Bars Disclosure Of Contracts In Comcast, AT&T Deals

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday barred the Federal Communications Commission from requiring companies to disclose the details of their programming contracts in the agency's review of Comcast Corp.’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T’s pending deal for DirecTV.

  • November 21, 2014

    Private Copyright Cop Sued For Bogus DMCA Subpoenas

    Copyright enforcement group Rightscorp Inc. was hit with a class action Friday accusing it of violating consumer protection laws and issuing objectively baseless Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoenas to online downloaders.

  • November 21, 2014

    After Facebook Fails, Google Shoots For Photo Patent Review

    Google Inc. took a stab at a patent for transmitting and characterizing digital images, asking the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for an inter partes review of the patent just two months after the board rejected a similar petition by Facebook Inc., according to a filing entered on Friday.

  • November 21, 2014

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Covington's Doug Gibson

    Covington & Burling LLP partner Doug Gibson’s name appears on many high-profile sports industry deals, including this summer’s negotiation of former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers and the National Football League’s extension on DirecTV’s rights for NFL Sunday Ticket, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Pepper Hamilton Stay Bid Axed In Penn State Privilege Row

    Pepper Hamilton LLP won’t get a reprieve from a Pennsylvania state court order mandating that it turn over documents from an independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal while Pennsylvania State University appeals the order, according to a Thursday ruling.

  • November 21, 2014

    Pandora Isn’t Guaranteed Access To BMI’s Songs, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by Pandora Media Inc. to preserve its access to BMI's music catalog regardless of the outcome of a licensing fee trial, denying the Internet radio giant a "license in effect" because it would tie the hands of intervening music publishers including Sony/ATV, among other reasons.

  • November 21, 2014

    Device Cos. Want Separate Twitter Guidance From FDA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed policies for drug and device promotion on Twitter are facing a fresh round of opposition as device makers increasingly demand separate guidance for their products, newly released correspondence shows.

  • November 21, 2014

    FTC Rejects Latest Bid To Expand COPPA Consent Options

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday shot down AgeCheq Inc.'s first attempt to craft an alternative method for obtaining verifiable parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act rule, saying that the proposal broke no new ground.

  • November 21, 2014

    Antitrust Professors Back NCAA Appeal Of Athlete Pay Ruling

    Antitrust professors from law schools at 13 universities on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a finding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association broke antitrust law by barring compensation for college athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses, saying the ruling turns courts into regulators.

  • November 21, 2014

    Apple's $450M E-Books Settlement OK'd In Antitrust Case

    A New York federal judge on Friday granted final approval to Apple Inc.’s $450 million settlement with consumers over claims it conspired with publishers to raise e-book prices, a deal that includes a $30 million award for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

  • November 21, 2014

    Latham Launches 2nd LA Office With O'Melveny Media Quintet

    Latham & Watkins LLP has hired a quintet of expert entertainment, sports and media partners from O’Melveny & Myers LLP to launch a new office in Century City, the firm’s second in Los Angeles, it announced Thursday.

  • November 21, 2014

    Calif. Appeals Court Clears Way For Kings' $477M NBA Arena

    A California appeals court on Thursday ruled against environmental activists fighting to delay the construction of a $477 million sports arena planned for downtown Sacramento, California, saying that the activists failed to prove the arena's erection violates state law.

  • November 21, 2014

    Aereo Files For Ch. 11 In Bid To Dodge Copyright Suits

    TV streaming service Aereo Inc., whose targeted signals were ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court in June to violate copyrights by retransmitting broadcasts without permission, filed for bankruptcy in a move CEO Chet Kanojia said Friday would allow it to avoid civil copyright litigation liability.

  • November 20, 2014

    NFL Drives To Lock Down NJ Sports Betting Injunction

    The National Football League and other professional sports leagues asked a federal judge on Thursday for a preliminary injunction against sports betting at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks, calling the state’s selective repeal of gambling laws a blatant attempt to circumvent a Third Circuit ruling.

  • November 20, 2014

    Sirius Denied Quick Trip To 9th Circ. Over Pre-'72 Recordings

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused Sirius XM Radio Inc. an immediate trip to the Ninth Circuit to appeal a ruling that the satellite music provider needs to pay to play pre-1972 recordings, saying it would delay the litigation.

  • November 20, 2014

    Fla. Bar Can't Escape Free Speech Suit Over New Ad Rules

    A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit mounting a First Amendment challenge to revised Florida Bar guidelines banning references to past results in state lawyers' television, radio and outdoor advertisements, saying that the plaintiffs have standing and the case is ripe for review.

  • November 20, 2014

    Trump, Icahn Want Atlantic City's Tax Debt Auction Nixed

    Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. and its top lender, Carl Icahn, objected Thursday to Atlantic City, New Jersey's request to auction tax certificates for $22 million the company allegedly owes, arguing its turnaround plan could be derailed if it's saddled with tax liabilities that aren't yet finally adjudicated.

  • November 20, 2014

    News Corp. Fights Class Cert. Bid In Ad Monopoly Fight

    News Corp. urged a New York federal judge Wednesday to reject H.J. Heinz Co., Dial Corp. and other consumer goods companies' bid for class certification in a case alleging the media conglomerate monopolized access to in-store advertising, arguing they haven't shown any of the alleged misconduct kept pricing unnaturally high.

Expert Analysis

  • What You Should Know About Using Drones In California

    If you are a drone manufacturer, operator or enthusiast in California, you will want to know what’s going on in your city because, in the absence of federal and state law, city governments have taken notice of drone use and are starting to take action. 2015 will be an interesting year for drone law, says Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Differentiate Your Litigation Practice With Data Security

    Jennifer Topper

    Despite the significant tilt toward technology in how litigation is now conducted, many senior lawyers still delegate tech-related issues to e-discovery specialists or associates at their firms. This is a missed opportunity not just for client development, but also for shaping the way the firm and lawyer are seen in the eyes of corporate counsel, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • The Print Room: How To Spend Less And Get More

    Senthil Rajakrishnan

    Our estimates indicate that some law firms spend up to $8,000 per attorney each year on print-related costs. Although we live in a digital world, hard copy printing will remain an important part of business for years to come. Changing technology, however, offers opportunities to improve efficiencies and save money, say Senthil Rajakrishnan and Ryan Mittman of HBR Consulting LLC.

  • Video Privacy Protection Act Could Be The New TCPA

    Behnam Dayanim

    The Video Privacy Protection Act is making itself felt in a recent wave of class actions against media companies such as Hulu LLC, Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Cartoon Network over their alleged disclosure of consumer viewing habits. Importantly, the statute — like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — does not require actual damages, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Dewey Partner Clawback Ruling May Hurt New York Law Firms

    Evan C. Hollander

    Unless the recent ruling in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy case is overturned on appeal or the New York Legislature amends the state’s fraudulent transfer and partnership laws, partners of New York firms will bear greater risk if their firms fail than will members of many non-New York partnerships. This risk factor might even affect decisions by prospective lateral partners about which firms to join, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • What EU Should Focus On In Google Antitrust Investigation

    Nathan Newman

    That Google Inc.’s own executives argue that its control of user data has helped create a self-reinforcing circle that has strengthened its dominance should encourage the European Commission to investigate and limit how Google uses its control of user data to create and extend market power, says Nathan Newman, a research fellow at the New York University Information Law Institute.

  • FAA Drone Guidance Doesn't Advance Congress’ Mandate

    Thomas Gemmell

    While often promoted as a panacea, the Federal Aviation Administration's recent guidelines for petitioning for commercial drone use may in effect run counter to Congress’ mandate that the FAA accelerate integration of such systems into the national airspace system before completion of the integration plan and rulemaking, says Thomas Gemmell of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Why Can’t We Be (Facebook) Friends? You Be The Judge

    Peter J. Gallagher

    Some jurisdictions prohibit judges from being social media “friends” with any lawyer who appears regularly before them, while others do not prohibit the practice unless the “friendship” also implicates one of the canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The latter seems to be the better approach, says Peter Gallagher of Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC.

  • 3rd-Party Liability Standards Stretched Under TCPA

    Lewis Wiener

    Recent decisions from the Eleventh and Ninth circuits illustrate not only the potential breadth of third-party liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but also the differing standards for third-party liability that may be applied depending on the type of communication at issue, say Lewis Wiener and Wilson Barmeyer of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • SEC's New Enforcement Weapon Against Municipal Officers

    Leonard Weiser-Varon

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s securities fraud action against the former mayor of Allen Park, Michigan, in connection with a proposed public-private film studio project suggests that the SEC intends, when feasible, to use the “control person” theory to go after actors it deems culpable for securities fraud in municipal offerings but cannot reach as primary violators, says Leonard Weiser-Varon of Mintz Levin Cohn Fer... (continued)