Media & Entertainment

  • May 25, 2016

    Led Zeppelin Going To California For 'Stairway' IP Row

    Led Zeppelin on Tuesday slammed a bid to compel the band members' attendance at an upcoming trial in California federal court over alleged copyright infringement concerning their famous song "Stairway to Heaven," labeling it a "PR stunt in the hope of tainting the jury pool," as they've said they'll be there.

  • May 24, 2016

    ACLU Says State Takeover In AC Bailout Would Harm Voters

    The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey said it reached out to state lawmakers on Tuesday to voice its concerns that an Atlantic City bailout plan working its way through the Legislature that allows for a possible state takeover of municipal finances "raises several constitutional and civil rights concerns."

  • May 24, 2016

    'American Hustle' Microwave Scene Not Libelous, Court Finds

    A California appeals court on Tuesday tentatively dismissed a scientist's $1 million defamation suit slamming the producers of “American Hustle” for a scene in which Jennifer Lawrence's character attributes bunk science about microwaves to the scientist, finding audiences wouldn't take the character's statements as fact.

  • May 24, 2016

    Money Centers Trustee Chases $2.4M In Casino Payments

    Bankrupt casino check-cashing company Money Centers of America Inc.’s Chapter 11 trustee hit a batch of Native American tribes, tribal businesses and casinos with a series of adversary suits in Delaware federal court Monday, seeking to recover or avoid at least $2.47 million in transfers made to casino patrons.

  • May 24, 2016

    Facebook Co-Founder Wins Attachment Bid In $4M Debt Suit

    A New York judge on Tuesday granted a bid by Facebook Inc. co-founder Eduardo Saverin to tie the assets belonging to principals of a company linked to a securities fraud scandal to a potential judgment over the nearly $4 million Saverin says he is owed from a deal to invest in a fund that was trafficking in shares of Facebook.

  • May 24, 2016

    Fla. Newspaper Fights Defamation Suit By Ex-CEO Of Charity

    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Monday asked a court to toss a defamation suit filed by the former CEO of a bankrupt Sarasota charity over an investigative series that revealed mismanagement, arguing that the reports were accurate and are protected by the First Amendment.

  • May 24, 2016

    NBC Urges 2nd Circ. To Affirm 'Bomb' Target Defamation Win

    NBCUniversal News Group urged the Second Circuit on Monday to affirm the dismissal of a defamation suit brought over a report on the “Today” show that called exploding rifle targets “bombs,” saying that its story was of public importance and substantially true.

  • May 24, 2016

    Indebted IHeartMedia Wins Spat With Lenders

    A Texas state judge ruled Tuesday that iHeartMedia Inc.’s decision late last year to transfer shares between two of its subsidiaries didn’t constitute an event of default under multibillion-dollar credit agreements, handing the heavily indebted media company a win in a dispute with its senior lenders.

  • May 24, 2016

    'X-Men' Writer Says Makers Of Will Ferrell Film Stole Ideas

    Howard Films and "X-Men" screenwriter David Hayter on Friday slapped the producer of the Will Ferrell comedy "Get Hard" and others with a breach of confidence suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying the moviemaking defendants stole his story idea and made millions from it without giving him a cut or credit.

  • May 24, 2016

    Facebook Objects To Class Notice Forms In IPO Row

    Facebook Inc. told a New York federal judge Monday that the class notice forms proposed by investors suing the social media giant over its $16 billion initial public offering are inadequate because they don’t clearly spell out the criteria for class and subclass membership.

  • May 24, 2016

    Pa. Man Cops To Swiping Nude Pics From Celebs' Emails

    A Pennsylvania man pled guilty in federal court on Tuesday to charges that he obtained nude photos and videos of numerous female celebrities after hacking into their email accounts.

  • May 24, 2016

    Swisscom Hit With $72.3M Sports Broadcast Antitrust Fine

    The Swiss Competition Commission said Tuesday it has hit Swisscom AG with a fine of CHF 71,818,517 ($72.3 million) for dominating the market for live broadcasting of Swiss soccer and ice hockey championship games on pay TV.

  • May 24, 2016

    Nuns Unlikely To Block Katy Perry Convent Sale, Judge Says

    A California state judge on Tuesday tentatively denied two Los Angeles nuns’ second shot at blocking the sale of their former convent to pop star Katy Perry, indicating she would not reconsider rulings voiding the nuns’ deal with a local developer because no new evidence was presented.

  • May 24, 2016

    NY Strip Club Bouncers Get Cert. In OT Collective Action

    A New York federal judge certified a collective action Monday by four bouncers who claim their bosses at three Manhattan gentlemen’s clubs routinely failed to pay them overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying the bouncers easily meet the low bar for notifying potential members of the suit.

  • May 24, 2016

    Burden Too High In $6M Fight, Cox Customers Tell 10th Circ.

    Cox Communications Inc.'s Oklahoma City cable customers asked the Tenth Circuit on Monday to give them back the $6.3 million awarded by a jury that found the company anti-competitively tied rental fees for set-top boxes to its premium services, saying Cox is trying to wedge a higher burden of proof into the suit.

  • May 24, 2016

    Tribe Defends Arbitral Award In $27M OK Alcohol-Tax Fight

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation asked an Oklahoma federal court Monday to enforce its arbitration win in a tax dispute, saying the state cannot take enforcement actions in its bid to collect $27 million in taxes on alcohol sales to people outside the tribe.

  • May 24, 2016

    Network Says AT&T Knew Of Fraud When It Signed Contract

    A small television network urged a California federal judge not to let AT&T escape allegations it concealed plans to ax its U-Verse platform during negotiations for the network to be carried there, saying Monday AT&T can’t label its public statements “mere puffery.”

  • May 23, 2016

    Spotify's Class Communications Off-Limits In $150M IP Row

    A California federal judge overseeing David Lowery’s $150 million putative copyright class action against Spotify denied the rocker access to the music streamer’s communications with possible class members who may be eligible for a settlement negotiated by the National Music Publishers Association.

  • May 23, 2016

    CEO Sues To Stay On Redstone Trust, Viacom Parent Board

    The CEO of Viacom urged a Massachusetts state court Monday to stop Sumner Redstone from removing him from the former Viacom and CBS chairman’s trust, saying Redstone’s daughter is trying to illegally influence him, just two weeks after a California court ruled Redstone was competent.

  • May 23, 2016

    Comcast Faces Antitrust Suit In 'Spot' Cable Ad Sales Row

    Comcast Corp. was hit with an antitrust suit in Illinois federal court Monday accusing it of violating federal antitrust laws by blocking competition in the $5.4 billion “spot” cable ad market, amid a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: A Deeply Gratifying Result

    Neil Richards

    Rather than being the end of consumer protection lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo v. Robins opinion offers Congress a green light to give consumers the rights they need to protect their privacy and other digital rights. This is exactly the result Spokeo was most likely dreading, says professor Neil Richards of Washington University School of Law.

  • Does Mickelson Case Signal A New SEC Insider Trading Rule?

    Thomas O. Gorman

    Absent allegations that he violated the insider trading laws, there does not appear to be any reason for professional golfer Phil Mickelson to be named as a party in a recently announced insider trading case — unless the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is rewriting insider trading law, says Thomas Gorman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and former senior counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: A Win For Consumers

    Nicholas R. Diamand

    Our friends in the defense bar, still smarting from the outcomes in Campbell-Ewald and Tyson Foods, have already begun to try to spin Spokeo as creating new limits on class actions. But the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion, in a sure-to-be-cited footnote, expressly said that whether a case is a class action “adds nothing to the question of standing,” say Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.

  • Spotlight On Spokeo: Ruling Represents Win For Businesses

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    Regardless of how the Ninth Circuit handles the remanded case, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins places new safeguards against baseless and costly class actions, and will prevent the federal courts from being used by plaintiffs lawyers for actions more appropriately left to the discretion of government enforcers, says Joseph Jacquot, a partner with Foley & Lardner and former deputy attorney general of Florida.

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • 'Happy Birthday': Journey To The Public Domain

    Tamara Kurtzman

    With a landmark class action settlement scheduled to be approved next month, the iconic song that has ushered in birthdays of everyone from royalty and presidents to citizens and children alike will — for the first time in over 100 years — undisputedly fall in the public domain. The return of “Happy Birthday to You” to the public domain is unquestionably a resounding victory against ever-increasing false copyright claims, says Tama... (continued)

  • Reflecting On The 20th Anniversary Of BMW V. Gore

    Andrew Frey

    On May 20, 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a $2 million punitive damages award imposed for a tort that caused $4,000 in economic harm was unconstitutionally excessive. In the ensuing 20 years, BMW v. Gore has proved to be a foundational case in punitive damages jurisprudence. We were fortunate enough to have played a role in this historic decision, say Mayer Brown LLP partners Andrew Frey and Evan Tager and Maserati North Am... (continued)

  • Corporate Counsel: Consumer Becomes Provider (The Sequel)

    Mark A. Cohen

    Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.