Media & Entertainment

  • October 8, 2015

    Ex-Facebook Employee Drops Suit Alleging Gender, Race Bias

    A former Facebook Inc. employee has dropped her California state suit claiming she faced gender and racial discrimination, as well as harassment, at the social networking giant.

  • October 8, 2015

    NM Can't Hassle Tribe's Vendors In Casino Battle, Judge Says

    A New Mexico federal judge on Wednesday granted the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s request for a temporary restraining order to block the state’s gaming board from issuing citations to third-party vendors for the tribe’s casinos, upbraiding the state for trying to intimidate the companies because it couldn’t prevent the tribe from conducting gaming after its compact expired.

  • October 8, 2015

    Feds Crack Down On Corporate Hacking With Keys Conviction

    The successful criminal prosecution of former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys is a harsh response by the government to companies' mounting concerns over external threats to their data and indicates that prosecutors will aggressively pursue those who infiltrate corporate networks, regardless of the attack's size or effects, attorneys say.

  • October 8, 2015

    DraftKings, FanDuel Hit With Insider Scandal Class Action

    Leading daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel were hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court Thursday in the first lawsuit over the companies’ internal policies and marketing practices following a scandal over leaked data and employees using inside information to win thousands of dollars.

  • October 8, 2015

    Path's Top Execs Must Testify In User Privacy Case

    A California federal court Thursday denied an attempt by Path Inc. to keep its chief executive and former chief technology officer from being deposed by a proposed class of users accusing the social media company of accessing their contacts through its app without permission.

  • October 8, 2015

    Fraudster Seeks Acquittal, Saying Unpaid-For Art Was Fake

    Former San Francisco real estate millionaire Luke Brugnara urged a California federal judge Thursday to throw out his fraud conviction in connection with an $11 million art deal, arguing that new evidence shows the artwork was worthless and that his mental disorders prevented him from adequately representing himself.

  • October 8, 2015

    EMI Will Lose Rights To Santa Song Next Year, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Thursday reversed a district court’s ruling that music publisher EMI will own the rights to “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” until 2029, saying in the publisher's battle with the heirs of songwriter John Frederick Coots that its copyright term will expire next year.

  • October 8, 2015

    EA Takes 'Madden NFL' Publicity Rights Row To High Court

    Electronic Arts has filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to review whether the First Amendment protects its depiction of current and former NFL players in the "Madden NFL" video game franchise from a right-of-publicity putative class action.

  • October 8, 2015

    MTA Must Run ‘Muslims Are Coming!’ Film Ads, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display advertisements for a documentary film about Muslim American comedians, saying the agency may have violated the production company's First Amendment rights in refusing to show the ads.

  • October 8, 2015

    Comcast Defeats Techs' Suit Over OT, On-Call Wages

    An Illinois federal judge has ruled in favor of Comcast Corp. in a case where seven line technicians had alleged the cable giant violated federal and state labor laws stiffing them on wages for overtime, during breaks and for “on call” times, according to a court filing Thursday.

  • October 8, 2015

    Comcast Beats Sleeping Ex-Employee’s Discrimination Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a discrimination suit against Comcast, finding that the fired employee hadn't shown any proof that the company didn't genuinely believe he fell asleep on the job.

  • October 8, 2015

    9th Circ. Says Yoga Poses Not Copyrightable

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday rejected yoga guru Bikram Choudhury's bid to revive copyright claims that he and his yoga college brought against a studio run by his former students, ruling that yoga poses, including the “Bikram Sequence,” are ideas or systems, and thus not copyrightable.

  • October 8, 2015

    Franken Urges Intense Scrutiny For Charter-TWC Merger

    Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday urged U.S. officials to thoroughly scrutinize the proposed tie-up between Charter Communications Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks LLC, voicing concerns that the deal could negatively impact the quality and affordability of broadband and cable services for consumers.

  • October 8, 2015

    It's Trump Who Owes $8M In Restaurant Spat, Chef Says

    Celebrity chef Jose Andres hit a Trump Organization subsidiary with an $8 million counterclaim Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court, saying Donald Trump’s caustic statements about immigrants violated the chef's sublease agreement for a planned restaurant in the Trump International Hotel.

  • October 8, 2015

    Horse Race Cos. Say Machines At Kentucky Downs Rip Off IP

    The owners of a group of horse racing companies slapped rival venue Kentucky Downs and gambling technology company Encore Gaming with a trademark infringement lawsuit in Kentucky federal court Wednesday, claiming that their marks are illegally displayed by a video-based gaming system.

  • October 8, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Valentino Fashion Group, Sony, Dell

    The owners of Valentino Fashion Group SpA are targeting a $2.26 billion initial public offering for the Italian luxury goods maker, Sony Corp. is looking to sell its half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and Dell Inc. is in talks to buy EMC Corp.

  • October 8, 2015

    Land Ruling Irrelevant To Tribal Gaming Row, 2nd Circ. Told

    The Cayuga Nation on Wednesday told the Second Circuit that its recent decision in a separate case dealing with what constitutes "Indian lands" under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was irrelevant to the nation’s jurisdiction over the reservation lands in New York where it seeks to operate a bingo hall.

  • October 8, 2015

    Tribe Lost Chance For Fees In Racing Ban Row, Idaho Says

    The Idaho attorney general told the state Supreme Court that Idaho should not have to pay the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's attorneys’ fees in a case involving the tardy veto of a law banning instant horse-racing, arguing Wednesday that the fee request was late too.

  • October 8, 2015

    Caesars Can't Halt Creditor Suits Against Parent Company

    Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. can't stop creditors in New York and Delaware from pursuing its parent company over unpaid debts, according to an order released by an Illinois federal judge Thursday, potentially leaving the entity to fend for itself in Chapter 11 on the same day it took a second shot at a restructuring plan.

  • October 8, 2015

    LightSquared Bankruptcy Curb On Ergen Too Broad

    A New York federal judge vacated a Chapter 11 injunction restraining Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen from interfering with the affairs of reorganizing LightSquared Inc., finding Wednesday that the prohibition under the broader plan covered too much ground. 

Expert Analysis

  • What To Do When Online Complainers Engage In Defamation

    Ross A. Williams

    We’ve all been there — a client calls; their business reputation has been smeared by an Internet reviewer with thousands of followers and an ax to grind. And if you haven’t been there yet, chances are you soon will. Online reputation is now routinely listed as one of the most important strategic risks large businesses face, says Ross Williams of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • 5 Things Clients Never Tell Their Lawyers


    Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • Another Privacy Victory For Video Service Providers

    Alysa Hutnik

    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Rodriguez v. Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC is in line with the trend of courts limiting streaming media companies' liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act — a trend becoming increasingly important to companies’ bottom lines, say Alysa Hutnik and Robyn Mohr of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • O’Bannon Is A Tie But Weighs Against NCAA In The Long Run

    Timothy L. Epstein

    While the National Collegiate Athletic Association may claim a win over not having to make payments to athletes for licensing their names, images and likenesses, that victory should be tempered by both the Ninth Circuit’s refusal to give the NCAA any level of immunity from antitrust scrutiny and the possibility of loss on appeal, says Timothy Epstein of Duggan Bertsch LLC.

  • Batmobile Copyright: When Functional Element Is A 'Character'

    Karen A. Henry

    The Ninth Circuit's ruling last week in Towle v. DC Comics endorsing copyright protection for Batman's car should be of interest to production companies that create their own versions of well-known elements from other films and television programs and incorporate them into new works, says Karen Henry of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Pope Francis And Pro Bono Publico


    Listening to Pope Francis last week as he made his way from Washington to New York to Philadelphia, one could be forgiven for imagining he was a poverty lawyer in robes. Again and again, he shone light on challenges that pro bono lawyers have wrestled with for years, including the death penalty, housing and homelessness, immigration and even climate change, say Kevin Curnin and Jennifer Colyer of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Of The Century


    Unfortunately for sports fans, there is no “Deflategate MDL” — although that multidistrict litigation would have been a true fantasy football proceeding and made for a great discussion. Nevertheless, there is a new sports MDL proceeding and it has nothing to do with any of the four major U.S. sports leagues, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Gaming In Macau Is Not Busted Yet

    Vincent W.C. Law

    The gaming business in Macau has grown so fast that in less than a decade its gaming revenue has become seven times bigger than that of Las Vegas, but in the last 12 months or so investor confidence in Macau gaming stocks has fallen dramatically, say Vincent Law and Raymond Chan at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Kickstarting Information Governance: 3 Ideal Pilot Projects

    Helen Geib

    Picking the low-hanging fruit of old backups, archives and legacy data is an excellent starting point for better information governance, says Helen Geib, general counsel for QDiscovery.

  • Machinima: FTC’s Latest Action Against 'Influencer' Marketing

    Aaron Wais

    Done correctly, a brand can reap the benefits of "influencer" marketing. Done incorrectly, a brand may find itself the subject of an enforcement action by the Federal Trade Commission, a civil lawsuit by a competitor or a class action by consumers. These inherent risks revealed themselves yet again in the FTC's recent settlement with Machinima Inc., says Aaron Wais of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.