Media & Entertainment

  • December 2, 2016

    FTC Tells Justices Jerk.com's 'Fraudulence' Doesn't Merit Cert

    The Federal Trade Commission is urging the Supreme Court to maintain speech restrictions at the core of the agency's rebuke to the person-review website Jerk.com, saying the site's fraudulence was not a close call.

  • December 2, 2016

    Garvey Schubert Pays 50 Cent $14M To End Malpractice Suit

    Garvey Schubert Barer has agreed to pay rapper 50 Cent $14.5 million to settle his malpractice claim alleging the firm's attorneys botched their representation of him in licensing negotiations and arbitration disputes with a headphones maker in which the bankrupted entertainer had invested.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Seeks Feedback On Plan For National Lifeline Verifier

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked for comments on a proposal for implementing a national verifier for participation in the Lifeline low-income subsidy program after March reforms, asking for feedback between Dec. 5 and Dec. 30 on how the Universal Service Administrative Co. should take over the customer eligibility process.

  • December 2, 2016

    Spokeo Split: How High Court's Ruling Is Being Interpreted

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Spokeo v. Robins that plaintiffs must allege concrete harm to bring statutory privacy claims has wreaked havoc on the lower courts over the last six months, producing divergent decisions in cases with similar fact patterns and building up to what many attorneys predict will be another high court showdown before a newly configured bench of justices.

  • December 2, 2016

    Nvidia's 3-D Glasses Infringe Filmmaker's Patents, Suit Says

    Computer graphics technology company Nvidia Corp. on Thursday was hit with a patent infringement suit assigned to always busy Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap, with the suit alleging Nvidia’s 3-D glasses copy technology invented by an experimental filmmaker.

  • December 2, 2016

    Spokeo Points 9th Circ. To Sister Courts' Denials

    Spokeo Inc. on Thursday stepped up its bid to shut down a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back to the Ninth Circuit following a landmark May decision, pointing to several decisions issued by other appellate courts since the remand that have rejected similar statutory privacy claims.

  • December 2, 2016

    Price-Hike Demand May Sink Anderson Antitrust Appeal

    A Second Circuit judge on Friday appeared skeptical of defunct Anderson News' bid to revive its $371 million antitrust suit against magazine publishers, questioning whether the publishers acted in their interest despite evidence of collusion.

  • December 2, 2016

    11th Circ. Won't Revive $45M EB-5 Film Investment Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit Thursday upheld a Georgia district court’s dismissal of a film and TV production company's $45 million lawsuit alleging former NBA player Theo Ratliff and others conspired to shut it out of a prospective deal involving the EB-5 investor program, saying the court was right to find its pleadings impermissibly incoherent.

  • December 2, 2016

    Urgent Care, Car Service Settle With NY Over Paid Reviews

    MedRite Care LLC and Carmel Car & Limousine Service Svc. have both struck deals with the state of New York to settle allegations that they paid customers and people they found on the internet to post positive reviews on websites including Yelp and Google Plus, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Friday.

  • December 2, 2016

    Fla. Court Upholds New Trial Order For Allied Vets Atty

    A Florida appeals court has upheld its ruling ordering a new trial for a lawyer convicted of helping Allied Veterans of the World run a $300 million illegal gambling ring, rejecting Attorney General Pam Bondi's request for a rehearing.

  • December 2, 2016

    Cable, Fiber Broadband Speeds Gain, DSL Stagnant, FCC Says

    Median download speeds from cable and fiber broadband providers have increased dramatically since 2011, while DSL and satellite speeds have remained relatively stagnant, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent “Measuring Broadband America” report.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Must Revisit Emergency Alerting Changes, Group Says

    A wireless association asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to revisit its updates to modernize wireless emergency alerting, saying the agency shouldn't require the inclusion of hyperlinks and phone numbers before testing is finished and must clarify what it means by "clickable links" and the devices that must support them.

  • December 2, 2016

    Feds Say Tribe Member Must Post Bond During Tax Appeal

    The federal government pressed a Florida federal judge on Friday to require a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians to post an appeal bond while she challenges a ruling that found she is obligated to pay taxes on tribal gambling revenue distributions.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Bucks Republicans To Press Phone Cos. On Zero-Rating

    Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission pressed AT&T with concerns about free data and raised new questions about Verizon’s program Thursday while Republican commissioners fired back Friday that he is ignoring calls from Congress to end complex and controversial action.

  • December 2, 2016

    Union Wants 9th Circ. To Trim Calif. Tribal Casino's Brief

    Unite Here International Union urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to cut large chunks of a California tribal casino’s brief challenging a National Labor Relations Board decision on its employment practices, saying the casino hadn’t shown the union was trying to hold back evidence that allegedly could hurt its case.

  • December 2, 2016

    Publisher Wants Judgment On 'Whoomp!' Rights Ownership

    The Chapter 7 trustee for the music publisher that hit bankruptcy after a $2.2 million judgment over the song “Whoomp! (There It Is)” has urged a Florida federal judge to declare that it, and not hip-hop group Tag Team, holds certain copyrights for the song.

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    Court Urged To Chuck EB-5 Suit Over Guarantees

    A man who ran an EB-5 regional center company but was later indicted has asked a South Dakota court to dismiss a case from several individuals and a company involved in a casino project who are trying to void guarantees related to a loan, saying that a similar lawsuit has already been filed.

  • December 1, 2016

    Wu-Tang Clan Hit With $2.5M Royalty Suit By Member U-God

    A founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan is suing the rap group in New York court for not paying him his fair share of royalties, including from a rare one-off album infamously auctioned to pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.

  • December 1, 2016

    Law Firm That Sued Ex-Client For Bad Review Hit With Fees

     A Texas judge last week sided with a woman who had been sued by her former attorneys after posting negative reviews about their services on Yelp and Facebook, tossing the case and ordering The Law Offices of Tuan A. Khuu & Associates pay about $27,000 in attorney's fees.

Expert Analysis

  • What Is 'Public Interest' Under California Anti-SLAPP Law?

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    Under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, a court may strike causes of action arising from defendants’ exercise of free speech rights concerning matters of "public interest." But because the statute does not define "public interest," California courts have construed it in varying ways. The California Supreme Court may soon provide guidance, say Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • Stormy Seas For Indenture Trustees

    Karol K. Denniston

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge in the case of Caesars Entertainment recently denied payment of indenture trustee Wilmington Trust’s attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with the debtors’ motion to approve a settlement. The strict interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code in this case will hamper the timing and implementation of settlements with bondholders in large, complex cases, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Emerging Sports — A Decathlon Of Legal, Business Issues

    Brian R. Socolow

    While you may never have heard of rugby sevens or drone racing, these and many other emerging sports generate tens of billions of dollars annually. These new games regularly face challenges around leadership and organizational structures, intellectual property protection, and television and broadcast rights, among others, says Brian Socolow of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Venue Choices

    Alan Rothman

    A critical — and arguably the least predictable — facet of the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the selection of the venue for a new MDL proceeding. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s reasoning for its selection of particular venues, as well as arguments advanced by the parties, over the past year.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • FinCEN Cybercrime Advisory Expands SAR Requirements

    Carlton Greene

    Some of the expectations in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued cybercrime advisory are likely to be new to most financial institutions, and have the potential to increase suspicious activity reporting burdens substantially, both by expanding the types of events that must be reported and by expanding the types of information that must be gathered, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • Why DOJ Is Right To Appeal BMI Consent Decree Ruling

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    U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton’s BMI decision has shown that the U.S. Department of Justice's consent decree enforcement might be more fragile than we hope, and should the DOJ not prevail on its recently announced appeal to the Second Circuit, we may see further erosion of the DOJ’s tools in enforcing the antitrust laws, says David Balto, a former trial attorney in the DOJ's Antitrust Division.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.