Media & Entertainment

  • August 29, 2014

    Al Jazeera, Gore Duel Over Who's Flouting Chancery Rules

    Al Gore and his Current TV co-founder's suit over Al Jazeera's purchase of the failed network saw a fight about court filing redactions intensify late Thursday, with both sides accusing each other of flouting the Delaware Chancery Court’s rules on confidentiality.

  • August 29, 2014

    John Wayne Estate Wants Fulbright DQ'd From Duke TM Suit

    John Wayne Enterprises LLC fired away at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP for not halting its representation of Duke University in a California federal court suit over trademarks related to alcoholic drinks bearing the late actor’s “Duke” nickname, saying the firm has gained access to the plaintiffs' confidential material and litigation strategy.

  • August 29, 2014

    Comcast Class Was Rightly Decertified, Appeals Court Says

    A California appeals court on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision to decertify a class of technicians in a suit brought against Comcast Corp. for allegedly overworking them and denying them meal and rest breaks, holding that data from a system for measuring the technicians’ time was unreliable.

  • August 29, 2014

    Ernst & Young, Revel Settle Prepetition Fee Complication

    Ernst & Young LLP has agreed to return $100,000 in fees it received from the Revel Casino Hotel prior to its second bankruptcy filing in order to resolve prepetition claim concerns, according to court documents filed days before the beleaguered Atlantic City casino closes its doors.

  • August 29, 2014

    Australia Sues Valve Over Online Video Game Return Policy

    Australian regulators said Friday that they are suing video game developer and distributor Valve Corp., saying the company's refusal to grant refunds for games sold through its online distribution platform, known as Steam, and other policies violate the country's consumer protection laws.

  • August 29, 2014

    Enviros Urge Calif. Court To Block $477M Sacramento Arena

    A $477 million sports arena planned for downtown Sacramento, California, was wrongfully pushed through an expedited approval process with the help of an unconstitutional law, environmental activists who seek to block the project argued in a brief filed Friday in California appeals court.

  • August 29, 2014

    Calif. Student Online Privacy Bills Head To Governor

    The California Legislature has sent to the governor's desk a pair of groundbreaking student online privacy bills that would prohibit school districts and their third-party partners from surreptitiously analyzing students' social media postings and using their personal educational data to target advertising.

  • August 29, 2014

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Rare Earth, Energy Rows Cool Down

    In Law360's latest rundown of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, members adopt reports faulting China's rare earth elements export barriers, Canada takes steps to settle a dispute over its green energy subsidies, and Antigua seeks peace in a years-long online gambling fight.

  • August 29, 2014

    Google Needn't Reveal Blogger's Identity: Texas High Court

    A divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday freed Google Inc. from having to unmask an anonymous blogger accused of defaming The Reynolds & Reynolds Co., finding that a lower court lacks personal jurisdiction over the blogger and can't order presuit discovery.

  • August 29, 2014

    Dalian Forms $814M JV For Edge In China's E-Commerce Field

    Real estate, entertainment and retail conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has signed a deal with Baidu and Tencent, two of the largest Web services companies in China, to create a $814 million joint venture as rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ramps up to issue its initial public offering.

  • August 29, 2014

    Pet Jersey Co. Tells High Court To Nix Design Patent Row

    Pet jersey manufacturers Hunter MFG LLP and CDI International Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal lodged by rival designer MRC Innovations Inc. seeking to revive its infringement suit, saying no conflict with precedent exists.

  • August 29, 2014

    Brand Battles: Exxon Mobil, Frito-Lay, McDonald's

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Exxon Mobil keeps on enforcing its interlocking XX design, Frito-Lay is displeased with a marketing firm called "Crackerjack," and McDonald's files appeals after losing a bid to register its restaurant facades.

  • August 29, 2014

    In FinCEN Crackdown, Casinos Must Ante Up On Compliance

    By launching new investigations and offering up some tough talk in public speeches, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has recently put the casino industry on notice that more anti-money laundering enforcement is headed its way, and experts say market players should be swiftly bolstering their compliance structures to keep out of the agency's crosshairs.

  • August 29, 2014

    Pa. Wants Out of Foxwood Developer's $50M Adversary Suit

    Pennsylvania told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the bankrupt developer of a planned Foxwoods casino project that fell through in 2010 is now improperly trying to revive a $50 million gaming license dispute with the state and sought dismissal of the debtor's adversary proceeding.

  • August 29, 2014

    Stan Lee Media Asks 10th Circ. To Toss Disney Fee Award

    Stan Lee Media Inc. told a Colorado federal court Thursday that it plans to appeal a $240,000 attorneys' fee award handed to Walt Disney Co. in case over the rights to several Marvel superhero characters, adding another twist to the companies’ ongoing legal saga.

  • August 28, 2014

    T-Mobile Seeks 2nd Shot At Axing $7M Verdict In Race Car Row

    T-Mobile USA on Wednesday petitioned the Third Circuit for an en banc hearing after an appellate panel affirmed a $7 million judgment for an automotive racing team in a breach of contract suit and opened the door for a decision that could double the award.

  • August 28, 2014

    GeoTag Sues Atty For Assigning Patent Rights To Himself

    GeoTag Inc. filed a malpractice suit against its former attorney and prospective business partner Raj Abhyanker in Texas federal court Wednesday, alleging he fraudulently assigned himself an ownership stake in three patents related to his social networking site.

  • August 28, 2014

    LightSquared Nails Down $121M In DIP Financing

    LightSquared Inc. won approval Thursday from a New York bankruptcy court for $120.6 million in post-petition financing, the latest step in the wireless networking company's drawn-out attempt to reorganize its finances.

  • August 28, 2014

    NY State Withdraws $1.9M Claim From Cengage Ch. 11

    New York state has withdrawn a $1.9 million proof of claim it had lodged in textbook publisher Cengage Learning Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, a state tax representative told a federal bankruptcy court on Thursday.

  • August 28, 2014

    NFL Branding Antitrust Suit To Lose Its Lead Plaintiff

    A consumer who filed an antitrust class action against the National Football League and Reebok International Ltd. over their exclusive merchandise licensing deals intends to drop out because of health issues, according to a case management statement filed Thursday in a California federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Reasons Large Companies Are Turning To Boutique Firms

    David M. Levine

    The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.

  • Perils Of Communicating With Customers By Phone Or Text

    Given the large number of calls that can be made electronically, damages for Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations can run into the millions. In this short video, Sutherland partner Lewis Wiener discusses the TCPA and how businesses that communicate with customers by phone or text may be impacted.

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 2

     Craig Auge

    Contracts for providing and obtaining technology establish important, often long-term relationships. When they involve mission-critical products and services, the impact of a flawed contract can be devastating, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 1

    Craig Auge

    Every business runs at least in part on technology — and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry. All parties can benefit from avoiding these situations, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Redskins Appeal Trademark Case — With A Twist

    Arsi Hagos

    Although the Washington Redskins’ most recent appeal was expected, the circumstances surrounding this appeal are significantly different from their appeal over a decade ago, says Arsi Hagos, a special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.

  • Texas Agrees, 'I Agree' Clause Can Mandate Arbitration

    Richard Raysman

    If a Texas appellate court had found the particular clauses of intent within a contractual agreement between independent representatives and their employer in Momentis U.S. Corp. v. Weisfeld insufficient for the purposes of contract formation then it would likely have undone the balance of online contracts, says Richard Raysman of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • How Website Operators Use CFAA To Combat Data-Scraping

    Aaron Rubin

    In light of recent cases, it seems that plaintiffs are likely to have more success asserting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims against scrapers where they clearly and unambiguously revoke authorization to access their websites and take affirmative steps to block the scrapers, say Aaron Rubin and Tiffany Hu of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Is Stuck In The '90s On Internet Terms Of Use

    Katherine Gasztonyi

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc. relies on the assumption that people don’t know about the existence of website terms of use. That might have made sense in, say, 1996, but this is simply no longer the case, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How To Control Risk And Cost Of E-Discovery

    "If you follow the philosophy of saving everything you're just multiplying exponentially the costs and risks of litigation and investigations," says Robert Owen, partner in charge of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's New York office and president of the Electronic Discovery Institute.

  • IP In A Financial Center: Ireland Vs. Cayman Islands

    Ramesh Maharaj

    The portable nature of intellectual property allows it to be readily structured in jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands or Ireland to maximize returns. Whether a particular jurisdiction is well suited for the IP requires analysis of where the IP is to be sold or licensed in the future and how any returns from such activities are to be treated, say Ramesh Maharaj and Petrina Smyth of Walkers Global.