Media & Entertainment

  • May 22, 2015

    50 Cent Points Finger At Rick Ross In Sex Tape Leak

    Rapper 50 Cent, who is defending against a lawsuit alleging he posted a woman's sex tape online without her permission, on Friday filed a complaint in New York state court passing the blame to his rap rival Rick Ross, who had a child with the woman.

  • May 22, 2015

    Founder Of Facebook's Oculus Stole IP, Ex-Partners Claim

    A Hawaii-based partnership claimed in a suit in California federal court Wednesday that Facebook's Oculus VR Inc. and its founder Palmer Luckey violated a 2011 contract to develop a 3D virtual reality headset for them and claimed the resulting prototype as his own.

  • May 22, 2015

    Sirius’ Gripe With Pre-‘72 Cert. Is Nonsense, Turtles Say

    The Turtles rock band urged a California federal judge Friday to certify a class of owners of pre-1972 songs that they say Sirius XM Radio Inc. played without paying royalties, contending that the satcaster’s argument that the licensing situation for each record is individualized “makes zero sense.”

  • May 22, 2015

    Ex-NBA Vet, Film Cos. Strike Back In $45M EB-5 Suit

    Former National Basketball Association journeyman Theo Ratliff and various entertainment-related companies facing a $45 million suit over an unsuccessful EB-5 funding deal asked a Georgia federal judge on Wednesday to let them file counterclaims that might be time-barred when the suit, now on hold, resumes.

  • May 22, 2015

    Former Access Exec. Seeks Leniency In Kickbacks Case

    A former executive of a health care-focused marketing company who pled guilty to altering tax files after being accused in New York federal court of taking kickbacks, should be given a light sentence because he fought through child abuse and learning disabilities to become a successful person, he claimed in a sentencing memorandum Thursday.

  • May 22, 2015

    Ev Williams’ VC Firm Raises $123,456,789 For 'Positive' Fund

    Obvious Ventures LP, the venture capital fund launched by Twitter Inc. co-founder Ev Williams, closed its first pool on Thursday, raising a sequential $123,456,789 million to invest in companies that have positive social and environmental effects.

  • May 22, 2015

    Altice Deal Broadcasts Big Changes In Telecom Sector

    When European telecommunications titan Altice SA revealed earlier this week that it had agreed to buy a massive chunk of private equity-backed Suddenlink Communications, it marked Altice’s entry into the U.S. cable market, and experts say this deal exemplifies some big-time shifts in the way the sector views its future.

  • May 22, 2015

    Comcast Says Sprint's Attys Misled Jury In $28M IP Suit

    Comcast Cable Communications LLC told a Delaware federal judge that Sprint Communications Co. LP’s counsel Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP misled a jury into awarding Sprint $28 million in a row alleging Comcast ripped off its fiber optic delivery systems, arguing one of the firm’s attorneys used inaccurate claim constructions.

  • May 22, 2015

    Nonprofit Takes Land-Into-Trust Suit Over Casino To 2nd Circ.

    Nonprofit group The Upstate Citizens for Equality Inc. said Friday that it is taking its challenge to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to take land into trust for a New York tribe’s casino to the Second Circuit, appealing a New York federal judge’s ruling that the department had acted reasonably in reaching the decision.

  • May 22, 2015

    Brand Battles: 1-800-Flowers.com, Facebook, Texas Rangers

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, 1-800-Flowers.com and Edible Arrangements argue over whether a pineapple flower can function as a trademark, Facebook takes on “Designbook,” and the Texas Rangers go after the company behind “Dublin Dr. Pepper.”

  • May 22, 2015

    Ex-Casino Guard Loses Seminole Tribe Employment Suit

    A Florida federal judge has tossed a former Seminole Casino Immokalee security guard’s wrongful termination suit, rejecting his challenge over the validity of the Seminole tribe’s federally recognized status and sovereign immunity.

  • May 22, 2015

    How WilmerHale Probe Sparked RICO Claims In Tribal Schism

    The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians made headlines last year after an internal battle for control of a tribe culminated in an exchange of gunfire at a casino, but the intratribal legal battle is only now heating up. Here, Law360 provides an inside look at how a WilmerHale investigation led to a lawsuit that’s pushing the boundaries of federal racketeering law.

  • May 22, 2015

    Online Dating Site Uncovers Member Data Breach

    Popular online dating service Adult FriendFinder confirmed Friday that it has discovered a potential security breach that may have compromised members' personal information, and that it has tapped a leading cyberforensics firm to investigate the scope of the incident.

  • May 22, 2015

    Movie Studios Want Animators’ Anti-Poaching Suit Tossed

    The Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and others urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a proposed class action brought by animators accusing the studios of conspiring to keep down wages, saying that plaintiffs failed to show proof the studios knowingly misled them in the alleged scheme.

  • May 22, 2015

    DC Circ. Scales Back Cigarette Warnings Order

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday overturned part of a 2006 district court order requiring Philip Morris USA Inc. and two other tobacco companies to issue public statements about their past cigarette advertising, saying the lower court overstepped its authority.

  • May 22, 2015

    Irell's Own Docs Favor DQ In 'Dirty Grandpa' Row, Court Told

    A defendant in a trademark suit over upcoming comedy film “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron told a California federal court that Irell & Manella LLP’s own filings raise ethical concerns and support his bid to disqualify the firm.

  • May 22, 2015

    Native Americans Again Aim To Exclude NFL Team's Evidence

    Native Americans embroiled in a dispute with the Washington Redskins’ owner over the team’s trademark registrations on Thursday told a federal court that previously unproduced evidence allegedly backing the significance of two Native American organizations that do not oppose the name was submitted too late.

  • May 22, 2015

    DOI Says Potawatomi Suit Should Be Heard In Wisconsin

    The federal government asked a District of Columbia federal court on Thursday to transfer a Wisconsin Native American tribe's suit accusing the U.S. Department of the Interior of wrongly rejecting an amendment to its state gaming compact to a venue in the Badger state.

  • May 22, 2015

    DOD Should Allow Charge Card Use At Casinos, Industry Says

    A casino industry group said Thursday that the Department of Defense should allow the use of government charge cards for nongambling purposes at casinos, despite the Pentagon watchdog’s report this week decrying over $1 million in charges at casinos and strip clubs.

  • May 22, 2015

    Miramax Hit With Copyright Suit Over Sherlock Holmes Movie

    The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle smacked Miramax with a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday over the studio’s upcoming film “Mr. Holmes,” just under a year after a federal appeals court ruled that the character of Sherlock Holmes was mostly in the public domain.

Expert Analysis

  • Katy Perry Faces Choppy Waters: 'Left Shark' TM Refused

    Amanda Alameddine

    Katy Perry has run into trademark trouble in her attempt to register a "Left Shark" design mark. Here's what happened, and what you can do to avoid a similar fate, says Amanda Alameddine of Buchalter Nemer.

  • Emerging IP Issues In The African Marketplace

    Beau Jackson

    The dynamic economic growth occurring across Africa presents new challenges and opportunities in the intellectual property context, say Beau Jackson of Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP and Jarrad Wood, a student at American University Washington College of Law.

  • Does The Periscope App Infringe Copyright?

    Michael Nilsson

    Suppose I go to see my beloved Washington Nationals and use the new Periscope app to record the game on my phone and send it live to some or all of my Twitter followers, or others. Have I actually violated copyright law? What about Twitter, which owns Periscope? What about my wireless carrier? The answers to these questions aren’t easy, says Michael Nilsson of Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.

  • Use Of Biometric Information As A Basis For Civil Liability

    Derek Sarafa

    Despite the proliferation of the use of biometrics, there are very few state statutes and no federal statutes that create civil remedies based on the capture and disclosure of biometric data by private businesses. But enterprising plaintiffs lawyers are attempting to use those that do exist to create a potential new sphere of liability, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Rolling The Dice On Class Actions Against Gaming Cos.

    A. Jeff Ifrah

    Settlement of class actions against social and video gaming companies alleging unlawful gambling could require the end of company practices that kill off main sources of revenue. Defendants should see suits through dismissal as opposed to settling — the long-term payout of discouraging predatory suits should be worth it, says A. Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Lobbying The EU: New Requirements For A 'Voluntary' Regime

    Charles Borden

    While parties that lobby in the United States are generally subject to mandatory lobbyist registration and reporting obligations at every level of government, parties that lobby European Union institutions traditionally have only been subject to a “voluntary” registration and disclosure regime. That gap now appears to be closing, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • Problems In The 'Fight Of The Century' Class Actions

    James Sammataro

    Can aggrieved pay-per-view customers sue Manny Pacquiao and his corporate constellation for his performance in the overhyped “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather? Precedent firmly says “no,” yet more than a dozen putative class actions have been filed, says James Sammataro of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Consider 5 Things Before Choosing An E-Discovery Provider

    Barry O’Melia

    There has been a rapid and robust growth in the number of companies offering electronically stored information collection, management and processing services. But a recent survey indicated that not all service providers offer the level of expertise needed in today’s world of big data, the cloud and mobile devices, says Barry O’Melia, chief operations officer at Digital WarRoom.

  • Bad Sportsmanship Or Breach Of Duty To Disclose?

    Kanika Corley

    With the "Fight of the Century" and "Deflategate," key people withheld information that could have affected consumers' ability to make or lose money. But do fans and bettors have a private cause of action? asks Kanika Corley of Sedgwick LLP.

  • 3 Questions To Ask When Using Surveys In Litigation

    Rebecca Kirk Fair

    The relevance and usefulness of consumer surveys in litigation is dependent on how they are designed and implemented. A Seventh Circuit decision highlights some of the pitfalls of using surveys in litigation and exemplifies the skeptical view some courts have expressed, say Laura O'Laughlin and Rebecca Kirk Fair of Analysis Group.