Media & Entertainment

  • February 13, 2016

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies At 79

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who served on the nation’s high court for almost 30 years, died on Saturday, the court's chief justice confirmed.

  • February 12, 2016

    Sports World Watches To See If NJ’s Betting Wager Pays Off

    The sports world will have its eyes on the Third Circuit this Wednesday as an en banc panel is set to hear arguments over New Jersey’s second attempt to open up sports betting in the state in a case that could provide some clarity in whether and how states can legalize sports betting without running afoul of federal law.

  • February 12, 2016

    Facebook Hit With Class Action Over 'Happy Birthday' Texts

    Facebook Inc. was hit with a putative class action in California federal court Friday alleging the company is violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to its users' phones to alert them of their Facebook friends' birthdays.

  • February 12, 2016

    Cablevision Pays $21M To End Dolan Compensation Row

    Cablevision Systems Corp. said it paid $21 million to settle a suit filed by Thomas C. Dolan, a company director and son of founder Charles Dolan, over compensation-related claims, according to documents filed Friday with securities regulators.

  • February 12, 2016

    FCC's Set-Top Box Proposal Won't Hurt Privacy, Group Says

    Advocacy group Public Knowledge on Thursday said it is confident that the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to enable consumers to access their cable or satellite programming through the same interface as their online streaming content won’t harm consumer privacy.

  • February 12, 2016

    ABC's Dan Abrams Subpoenas Weil Chairman In Condo Suit

    ABC’s legal news anchor Dan Abrams on Thursday hit Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP chairman Barry Wolf with a subpoena in an effort to ascertain the firm’s involvement with a condominium board that includes a Weil partner who is being sued for allegedly preventing Abrams’ renovations, his attorney confirmed Friday.

  • February 12, 2016

    FCC Set-Top Proposal Endangers Copyright, Groups Say

    A group of pay-TV proponents warned Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that his set-top box proposal poses serious copyright concerns, according to a filing on Thursday that described the meeting.

  • February 12, 2016

    Brand Battles: Olive Garden Fights For 'Pasta Pass' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Olive Garden appeals after an examiner refused to register its “Never Ending Pasta Pass,” Universal faces a fight to register "Sherlock Homeboy," and Marriot and Delta Air Lines square off over upscale airport lounges.

  • February 12, 2016

    FCC Denies Fla. TV Station Auction Eligibility, Protection

    The Federal Communications Commission won’t let a Florida television station owned by a Hispanic woman participate in its upcoming airwaves auction, nor will it protect the station during the post-auction repacking process despite previous statements to the contrary, the agency said in an order released Friday.

  • February 12, 2016

    Calif. Bar Issues Revised Guidelines For Attorney Blogs

    The California state bar revised a proposed formal opinion that would subject any attorney blog promoting their legal prowess as subject to the same professional conduct restrictions as advertising, even if the blog is not hosted on the attorney’s firm website.

  • February 12, 2016

    FanDuel Says Terms Demand Arbitration in False Ad Suit

    FanDuel urged a California federal court on Thursday to enforce the arbitration provision of its terms of use in a proposed class action accusing the daily fantasy sports operator of making false promises about matching customer buy-ins, saying it’s not the company’s fault the players didn’t read the terms.

  • February 12, 2016

    FCC Told Charter Is Blocking Cable App Access

    A tech industry lobbying group told the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that Charter Communications selectively blocks third-party devices from accessing downloadable apps that allow customers to view cable programming, saying the commission must bar the activity as a condition of approving a merger with Time Warner Cable.

  • February 12, 2016

    Gawker Says 2nd Circ. Intern Change Doesn't Help Wage Row

    Gawker said Thursday its arguments against a proposed class action from former interns who claim they should have been paid for revenue-producing content still hold true, even after recent changes the Second Circuit made to its landmark ruling on unpaid internships.

  • February 12, 2016

    DraftKings Bets On Combat Sports Competitor

    DraftKings announced Thursday it has acquired a competitor that specializes in mixed martial arts and other combat sports, bolstering the embattled daily fantasy sports giant's offerings as it gears up for dozens of legal and regulatory challenges nationwide.

  • February 12, 2016

    Data 'Privacy Shield' Spurs Need For Cybersecurity Coverage

    The new data transfer mechanism recently agreed to by European and U.S. officials will have companies closely scrutinizing their insurance policies to ensure they will be protected against legal exposure from the heightened cybersecurity requirements and could spur insurers to roll out new products to fill gaps in coverage, experts say.

  • February 11, 2016

    Wireless Group Says Plan To Reshuffle TV Channels Clicks

    The Competitive Carriers Association told the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday that a study it commissioned clearly shows the planned 39-month window for hundreds of TV stations to transition to new channels after the upcoming airwaves auction is feasible and should stay in place.

  • February 11, 2016

    NJ Wants To Limit US Arguments In Sports Betting Rehearing

    Less than a week before oral arguments in a rehearing en banc of New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting, the state is challenging the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to participate in the arguments as a friend of the court, arguing it has not promised to limit its arguments to those in its amicus brief.

  • February 11, 2016

    Congress Aims To Convert EU Skeptics With New Privacy Law

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sent to the president’s desk legislation that will give European Union citizens the right to sue the U.S. government for alleged privacy violations, a modest olive branch that jump-starts the process of rebuilding confidence that data moving across the Atlantic is secure.

  • February 11, 2016

    NFL, AP Urge Judge To Shutter Photogs' Suit For Good

    The National Football League and The Associated Press urged a New York federal judge Thursday to block the second pass at a lawsuit by a group of professional football photographers alleging copyright and antitrust violations over the use of their work.

  • February 11, 2016

    Live Nation Willfully Stole Run-DMC Photos, 9th Circ. Told

    Photographer Glen Friedman told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a district court erred in determining Live Nation Merchandise didn’t act willfully when it infringed his copyright by selling merchandise featuring his images of hip-hop group Run-DMC, saying the burden of proof shouldn’t have been his.

Expert Analysis

  • Additional Thoughts On Class Plaintiff 'Pick-Offs'

    Fred T. Isquith

    There are those who have suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez left plenty of room for a defendant to “pick off” a plaintiff. Not so, according to Eastern District of New York Judge Sandra Feuerstein's decision in Brady v. Basic Research, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Amended Rule 26’s Proportionality Standard: The First 60 Days

    Gregory Brown

    While the removal of the familiar “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” standard suggests a departure from prior practice, the first opinions from the federal courts implementing amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) suggest otherwise, says Gregory Brown of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • How Does Skadden Stay No. 1?

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • OPINION: The Road To Partnership Must Keep Evolving

    Daniel L. Butcher

    In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • A Broad Definition Of 'Value' For Fraudulent Transfers

    Linda J. Z. Young

    In PSN Liquidating Trust v. Intelsat, the Eleventh Circuit held that in the context of constructive fraudulent transfers, “value” may take the form of an economic benefit, either direct or indirect, conferred upon the insolvent debtor by the transferee. The ruling may cause trustees and debtors in possession to pause before deciding to bring constructive fraudulent transfer suits, says Linda Young of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • California Anti-SLAPP In 2015: A Look At The Top Cases

    Thomas R. Burke

    Last year brought new wrinkles and interpretations of California’s anti-SLAPP statute — one of the broadest and strongest statutory protections for free speech and petitioning activities in the nation, say Thomas Burke and Diana Palacios of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Some TCPA Class Action Defense Strategies

    Richard Benenson

    If you regularly contact customers via telephone, text or fax, there is a high likelihood that at some point you will be named as a party to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Successfully resolving TCPA class actions requires a proactive, methodical approach and a specialized skill set, say Richard Benenson and Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • EU Antitrust Vs. US Companies

    Paula Riedel

    From time to time, the European Commission is accused of unfairly targeting U.S. companies in its antitrust scrutiny. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has been quick to reject this suggestion. Our quick look at cases involving U.S. companies reveals a nuanced picture, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Further Clarity On Duty To Disclose Wells Notices

    David M.J. Rein

    Judge John Koeltl’s recent decision in Lions Gate Entertainment Securities Litigation follows and expands upon a 2012 decision by Judge Paul Crotty, also of the Southern District of New York, in Richman v. Goldman Sachs, which similarly held that the receipt of a Wells notice does not create an independent duty to disclose potential regulatory claims, say David Rein and Jacob Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • The Sweet Sound Of A 363

    Steve Gubner

    The idea of a bankruptcy sale of substantially all of a firm's assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code usually brings to mind a depressed company with potential buyers waiting in the wings to buy the assets at a substantial discount. This does not have to be the case, as evident in the case of California-based DigitalSound, say Steve Gubner and Reed Bernet of Brutzkus Gubner.