Media & Entertainment

  • October 25, 2016

    IRS Says Facebook Must Comply With Summonses In Tax Row

    The Internal Revenue Service urged a California federal judge Tuesday to enforce the agency's seven summonses against Facebook Inc. seeking information on how the social media giant transfers rights from its worldwide business through Facebook Ireland, saying the requests are clear and not overly broad.

  • October 25, 2016

    Sen. Calls For Tougher Internet-Of-Things Rules After Attack

    A member of the U.S. Senate’s intelligence committee is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to beef up cybersecurity standards for connected consumer products, saying the cyberattack that took down much of America’s internet last week proves the internet of things is all too easy to hack.

  • October 25, 2016

    Ex-NJ ‘Housewives' Stars Sue Virgin America For Defamation

    Two former stars from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” James and Amber Marchese, sued Virgin America Inc. and one of its flight attendants for defamation on Tuesday in New Jersey federal court after the couple was pulled off a red-eye flight from Los Angeles and he was charged for choking and threatening his wife.

  • October 25, 2016

    Ex-Ascent Exec Can't Get Proskauer Malpractice Suit Revived

    A California appeals court on Tuesday rejected a former Ascent Media Group executive’s bid to revive his legal malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose LLP over sexual harassment investigations against him, saying there wasn't evidence the law firm’s joint representation worsened his financial or legal outcome.

  • October 25, 2016

    Twitter Brass Falsely Inflated Stock Price, Suit Claims

    Top executives of Twitter Inc. on Monday were hit with a shareholder derivative suit in California federal court by an investor claiming lies from the social media company’s leadership about user activity caused Twitter stock to trade at artificially high prices and cost investors hundreds of millions when the truth was revealed.

  • October 25, 2016

    Redstone Accuses Exes Of Elder Abuse In $150M Suit

    Billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone accused two ex-girlfriends of isolating him from his family and abusing him until he signed over more than $150 million of his estate, or the bulk of what he had to leave for his children, in a suit filed Tuesday in California state court.

  • October 25, 2016

    DC Circ. Is Asked To Revive Claims Over TV Host Partnership

    An allegedly jilted collaborator of broadcast host Ed Schultz is asking for another crack at suing the political commentator for cutting him out of his former MSNBC show, telling the D.C. Circuit Tuesday that a trial court improperly tossed emails that are vital to showing their partnership.

  • October 25, 2016

    Snapchat Sued For TM Infringement By Snap Interactive

    The company behind Snapchat, which recently changed its name to Snap Inc., was hit Tuesday with a trademark lawsuit in New York federal court by another social media company named Snap Interactive.

  • October 25, 2016

    Ex-Boston Guitarist Didn't Make Ads In TM Dispute, Jury Told

    The former Boston guitarist facing a trademark and breach of contract suit for allegedly holding himself out as an "original" member of the band wasn't consulted about ads, CD stickers or promotional posters where he was described that way, a car dealership owner told a federal jury Tuesday.

  • October 25, 2016

    Suge Knight Wants $300M Cut Of Dr. Dre’s $1B Beats Payday

    Jailed record producer Marion “Suge” Knight claims he is owed $300 million of the $1 billion his onetime partner Dr. Dre earned from selling the Beats By Dre headphone business to Apple Inc., according to a suit recently filed in California state court.

  • October 25, 2016

    Fraudster Gets 2 Years In $5M Twitter, Uber Ponzi Scheme

    Buffalo venture capital fund manager Gregory Gray, who operated a $5 million Ponzi scheme involving fake purchases of Twitter Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. shares, was sentenced by a New York federal judge Tuesday to two years in prison after his 2015 guilty pleas to wire fraud and perjury.

  • October 25, 2016

    FCC Seeks 108 MHz In Reduced Spectrum Incentive Auction

    The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a third stage of bidding to reallocate low-band broadcast spectrum to wireless broadband providers beginning Nov. 1, seeking to auction 108 MHz of spectrum after two previous rounds fell short of their more ambitious targets.

  • October 25, 2016

    NFL Says Sunday Ticket Subscribers Have No Antitrust Case

    The National Football League on Monday continued its bid to escape a multidistrict litigation alleging its exclusive Sunday Ticket package with DirecTV violates federal antitrust law, telling a California federal judge that the commercial subscribers bringing the suit failed to show an antitrust violation.

  • October 25, 2016

    Verizon Pushes FCC To Limit Broadcaster Negotiation Tactics

    Verizon told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday that even though the agency has declined to pursue new rules limiting tactics broadcasters can use when negotiating the retransmission of TV signals, the FCC can still take steps to address negotiation “abuses” carried out by broadcasters.

  • October 25, 2016

    DraftKings, FanDuel Pay $12M To Settle NY False Ad Claims

    Leading daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. have reached a $12 million settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to end remaining false advertising claims in an enforcement action filed a year ago, seemingly putting an end to legal uncertainty for the industry in the state.

  • October 25, 2016

    Attys Can’t Skirt $180K Sanctions For Flimsy Dow Jones Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld $180,000 in sanctions ordered against counsel for a man who claimed to be a victim of a fraudulent subscription scheme involving Dow Jones & Co., finding that a New York federal court had plenty of support for a finding that the suit was brought and litigated in bad faith.

  • October 25, 2016

    Calif. Tribal Faction's Bid To Stay BIA Ruling Denied

    A California federal judge on Monday rejected a bid by a tribal faction to stay a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision that could lead to its losing control over the tribe, saying the group hadn’t shown it is in immediate danger of losing money from a state gambling fund.

  • October 25, 2016

    Netflix Prices Upsized $1B Debt Offering

    Video streaming giant Netflix Inc. on Monday said that it has priced a $1 billion offering of senior notes, up from a planned $800 million, continuing a record pace for global debt issuers so far this year.

  • October 25, 2016

    2nd Circ. Revives $48M Verdict Against MP3Tunes Founder

    The Second Circuit weighed in Tuesday on the long-running legal battle over defunct music site MP3Tunes, reviving a $48 million jury verdict against the service’s founder with a precedential ruling on the contours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor.

  • October 25, 2016

    NY Broadcaster Urges DC Circ. To Slip Them Into Auction

    A New York broadcaster pushed for the DC Circuit to allow it into the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction Tuesday, maintaining during oral arguments that the agency never notified the company that there were any problems with its license.

Expert Analysis

  • Cities' Transaction Taxes Threaten Digital Content Cos.

    Stephen Kranz

    In California, Alabama and Colorado, cities are bypassing the legislative process and using administrative guidance and aggressive audit positions to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital content. In some cases it will be difficult, if not impossible, for companies to comply with such regimes, say Stephen P. Kranz, Mark Yopp and Eric Carstens of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Antitrust Authorities Step Up Merger Enforcement

    Howard Morse

    Obama administration antitrust enforcers have faced criticism over the last year for not being sufficiently aggressive. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission appear to have responded by increasing enforcement. And the Third Circuit, in FTC v. Penn State Hershey, recently bolstered these efforts, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • A Look At Federal Preemption Of State Drone Laws

    Andrew Zimmitti

    It may be only months before we see litigation challenging restrictive state and local drone laws that encroach upon the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulatory mandate. Industries including utilities, real estate, retail delivery and entertainment/media are likely to be among the first to pursue litigation, says Andrew Zimmitti of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • Demystifying The Migration To Cloud Technology

    Jonathan D. Draluck

    Many of the world's largest organizations are still reluctant to transition to cloud-based storage, in part due to the intimidating complexity of the migration. Jonathon Draluck of Greenberg Traurig LLP discusses the process, addressing common concerns and explaining how to take the first steps toward transition.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • OPINION: The 2nd Circ.'s Misguided Approach To Antitrust

    David Balto

    The Second Circuit's recent decision in American Express obscures the purpose of the antitrust laws, is inconsistent with decades of antitrust jurisprudence, and will handicap the ability of the antitrust agencies and courts to challenge anti-competitive conduct in dozens of markets, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.