Media & Entertainment

  • July 24, 2014

    Panera, AMC Background Checks Violate FCRA, Worker Alleges

    Panera LLC and American Multi-Cinema Inc. are forcing potential employees to sign off on illegal background checks by burying important information in wordy applications, a woman employed by both alleged in two nationwide class action suits filed in Florida on Wednesday.

  • July 24, 2014

    A&E Hit With Trademark Suit Over 'Duck Dynasty' Camo Gear

    A&E Television Networks LLC was smacked with a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday over merchandise for the show "Duck Dynasty" emblazoned with the quote "My favorite color is camo" — a tagline that's allegedly already owned by a small Florida apparel company.

  • July 24, 2014

    $1B Boston Convention Center Bill Awaits Governor's Nod

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is still reviewing a measure authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center that state lawmakers approved and sent to him Wednesday.

  • July 24, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: BSkyB, SodaStream, Islandsbanki

    BSkyB plans to unveil a multibillion-euro bid deal early Friday to buy Rupert Murdoch's assets in Italy and Germany, while SodaStream is mulling a roughly $828 million take-private deal with an investment firm.

  • July 23, 2014

    5th Circ. Sides With Anheuser, Jets In 'Ultimate Fan' Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday held that sports marketing company Action Ink Inc. had abandoned a service mark to use the phrase “Ultimate Fan” in the context of promotional contests at sporting events, affirming lower court decisions in favor of Anheuser-Busch Inc. and New York Jets LLC.

  • July 23, 2014

    Twitter, Others Dodge TQP's Encryption Patent Suits

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday tossed two infringement suits that patent-holding company TQP Development Inc. lodged against Twitter Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Hertz Corp. and others over a patent covering data encryption technology, ruling TQP had to seek their dismissal pursuant to settlement agreements.

  • July 23, 2014

    CBS Lands $11M Tax Credit To Keep Colbert 'Late Show' In NY

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves on Wednesday said "The Late Show” will remain in New York and be eligible for $11 million in tax credits as it continues broadcasting from the Ed Sullivan Theater after Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties from David Letterman.

  • July 23, 2014

    Sterling Witness Undercuts Claim Medical Exams Were A Trap

    An Alzheimer's researcher testifying for Donald Sterling on Wednesday undermined the billionaire's assertion that doctors who found him mentally incapable of running the Los Angeles Clippers should have told him he could lose the team if he failed their examinations, saying the stress could have lowered his test scores.

  • July 23, 2014

    States Threaten To Sue FCC Over City-Run Broadband Projects

    An organization representing state legislatures said Tuesday that it would sue the Federal Communications Commission if the agency tried to override state laws that bar local municipalities from building their own broadband networks to compete with private ISPs.

  • July 23, 2014

    Lawmakers Say Bill To Block Ariz. Casino Could Bring Suits

    Lawmakers raised concerns at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that proposed legislation aimed at blocking a controversial Arizona casino, which is being spearheaded by an Indian tribe, could open the federal government up to constitutional taking and breach of contract claims.

  • July 23, 2014

    Amazon Must Show Time Sheets To Get Fees In Kindle IP Row

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday reiterated that Amazon.com Inc. was entitled to attorneys’ fees that the e-commerce giant racked up while defending itself from infringement claims related to a book memory device patent, but said the company needed to support its request with time sheets.

  • July 23, 2014

    Sony Calls Suit Over Shakira Song An 'Utter Fabrication'

    Sony Music Entertainment called “an utter fabrication,” claims that Shakira stole her 2010 hit “Loca” from an earlier song, saying Tuesday that the purported songwriter had previously admitted that he didn’t write the song.

  • July 23, 2014

    FCC Warns ISPs Some Net Neutrality Rules Remain On Books

    The Federal Communications Commission reminded Internet service providers Wednesday that they are still required to publicly disclose accurate information on how they manage traffic — one surviving provision of the agency's recently stricken net neutrality rules.

  • July 23, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: JPMorgan, Fox, Fullscreen

    JPMorgan is closing in on a sale of half of its stake in the $4.5 billion portfolio of its buyout arm One Equity Partners, while cable magnate John Malone doesn't anticipate any competing Time Warner offers.

  • July 23, 2014

    Suspected Cybercrime Ring Indicted Over StubHub Hack

    Six individuals have been indicted in New York for their alleged participation in an international cybercrime ring that authorities in North America and Europe have linked to unauthorized electronic ticket purchases made through more than 1,600 StubHub Inc. users' accounts, Manhattan's district attorney said Wednesday.

  • July 23, 2014

    Brazil Antitrust Watchdog OKs AT&T's $48B DirecTV Buy

    Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has given its approval for AT&T Inc.’s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV Inc., finding last week that the deal would not raise competition concerns in the South American country.

  • July 23, 2014

    More Ballplayers Sue MLB For Wages In Labor, Antitrust Suit

    Former Oakland Athletics pitcher Yadel Marti and a group of fellow former Major League Baseball players filed a labor and antitrust class action in California federal court, alleging the organization failed to pay minor league players for the long hours they were at work and in training.

  • July 23, 2014

    Pharrell, Thicke Slam Gaye Heirs' Claim To 'Blurred Lines'

    Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams formally asked a federal judge Tuesday to rule that their megahit “Blurred Lines” didn't steal any copyrighted material from R&B legend Marvin Gaye, saying the dispute only happened because Gaye's children “smelled money.”

  • July 23, 2014

    Monster Looks To Sabotage $1.7M Beastie Boys Win

    Monster Energy Co. asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to invalidate a $1.7 million jury verdict in a copyright infringement suit brought by the Beastie Boys over unauthorized use of their songs in a Monster promotional video, claiming insufficient evidence exists to support the jury’s findings.

  • July 23, 2014

    Penn State Sued By Paterno's Son Over Sandusky Fallout

    Pennsylvania State University has been hit with a $1 million lawsuit by former assistant football coaches William Kenney and Jay Paterno, son of the late longtime coach Joe Paterno, who claim that their personal and professional reputations have been irreparably harmed after the school fired them.

Expert Analysis

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 6th Circ. Errs In Conflating Primary With Excess Insurance

    Richard C. Mason

    The Sixth Circuit’s IMG Worldwide v. Westchester Fire Insurance Co. decision needlessly eliminates consumer choice — and promises to increase declaratory judgments by excess insurers who heretofore had not needed to preemptively involve the courts, says Richard Mason, co-chairman of Cozen O’Connor PC's professional liability insurance coverage and reinsurance practices.

  • VIDEO: Lacoste North America CEO Discusses US Market

    Anthony Lupo

    Shedding light on the lifestyle brand’s strategic initiatives in the U.S., as well as real estate law and the importance of Fifth Avenue, Lacoste North America president and CEO Francis Pierrel sat down for a video interview with Anthony Lupo, co-chairman of Arent Fox's IP practice and chairman of the firm's fashion, luxury goods and retail group.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Can A Domain Name Trump Trademark Rights?

    Roberta Horton

    Courts seemingly have not faced a domain name registrant’s claims to enjoin use of a subsequently adopted trademark. Yet, there is hope for the registrant. By using the name prominently to distinguish goods and services, and seeking federal registration, the domain name holder should make a good case for prevailing in a dispute with a junior trademark user, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.

  • Updated E-Rate Program Requires Anti-Fraud Vigilance

    Timothy A. Westrick

    As with arguably all governmental programs, the resources of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program are subject to potential fraud — it has in fact been victimized repeatedly in the recent past by some applicants, consultants and contractors, says Timothy Westrick, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Crucial Predictive Coding Case Law: Progressive V. Delaney

    Emily Cobb

    Any practitioner considering predictive coding should fully consider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s reasoning in Progressive Casualty Insurance v. Delaney and the potential pitfalls associated with failure to consistently cooperate, say Emily Cobb and Annamaria Enenajor of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.