Media & Entertainment

  • October 29, 2014

    Best Buy, Yelp Agree To Alert Web Users Of Data Collection

    A group within the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body said Tuesday that Best Buy Co. Inc., Yelp Inc. and three others had agreed to prominently alert website visitors when third parties are collecting information for behavioral advertising, to resolve the first actions stemming from a recent compliance warning.

  • October 29, 2014

    Apple Can’t Use Jobs’ Cancer Fight In ITunes Antitrust Trial

    The California federal judge presiding over an upcoming class action trial accusing Apple Inc. of monopolizing the market on digital music ruled Wednesday that Apple couldn't pull the jury’s heartstrings by saying co-founder Steve Jobs died of cancer, and discouraged the tech titan from calling Jobs a “visionary.”

  • October 29, 2014

    Ohlhausen, Wright See Net Neutrality Echoes In AT&T Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission's two Republicans both highlighted the watchdog's move Tuesday to sue AT&T Inc. for "throttling" service it had billed as unlimited to wireless customers as a prime example of how the competition enforcer can protect consumers without net neutrality rules.

  • October 29, 2014

    Mystery Bondholder Walks Away From Caesars Debt Talks

    An unnamed investor holding senior debt in Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s largest subsidiary has pulled out of negotiations around the seemingly inevitable restructuring of the casino operator’s balance sheet, according to a Wednesday securities disclosure.

  • October 29, 2014

    The Donald Says Trump Resorts Ch. 11 Plan Lacks Key Info

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump took aim Wednesday at the Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement for the casino operator that bears his name, arguing that Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. doesn't reveal what it plans to do if it loses a court battle over use of the moniker.

  • October 29, 2014

    9th Circ. Shreds Stan Lee Media's Iron Man Lawsuit

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday tossed Stan Lee Media Inc.'s lawsuit against its former president, comic book legend Stan Lee, alleging it owns characters he created or co-created, including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, calling the company's claim "simply implausible."

  • October 29, 2014

    Bankrupt DDMG Will Return $18M In Tax Credits To Fla.

    Bankrupt special effects company Digital Domain Media Group Inc. agreed to release $18 million of the $20 million in film project tax credits it received from Florida back to the state, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    FTC Bans Dating Sites' Use Of Fake Profiles For User Upgrades

    A U.K.-based online dating service has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission barring the company from using enticing messages from bogus profiles on its dating sites to lure users into upgrading to paid memberships, the agency said Wednesday. 

  • October 29, 2014

    Cable Cos. Warn FCC On Regulating Internet TV

    Following news that the Federal Communications Commission is planning to treat Internet TV services like traditional pay-TV providers, the top lobbying group for the cable industry warned that the agency should “take great care” or risk “unintended consequences.”

  • October 29, 2014

    Fox, Paramount Trim 'Titanic' Actor's Publicity Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday cut down a “Titanic” extra’s suit alleging Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Paramount Pictures Corp. and others owed him residuals after director James Cameron cast him in a minor role, ruling the actor barely appeared in the movie.

  • October 29, 2014

    Charter Offers $1.5B Debt For Acquisition Of TWC Customers

    Charter Communications Inc. said Wednesday it will issue $1.5 billion in bonds to partly fund its acquisition of 1.5 million Time-Warner Cable Inc. customers, an offshoot of Comcast Corp.’s $45 billion acquisition of Time-Warner designed to help the mega-deal pass antitrust muster.

  • October 29, 2014

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Must Arbitrate Memorabilia Auction Row

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's claims that Julien's Auctions has illegally refused to return 150 pieces of the basketball legend's memorabilia are subject to an arbitration agreement his company signed with the Beverly Hills auctioneer, a California judge ruled Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    Resorts Casino Resolves Ex-Servers' Discrimination Suit

    Forty former Resorts Casino Hotel cocktail servers have settled their age discrimination suit in New Jersey state court against the Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino over their 1920s-themed flapper uniforms, the plaintiffs' counsel confirmed on Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    GLPI Sues Pa. Casino Owner Over Info In $465M Deal

    Real estate investment trust Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. said Tuesday that it has sued Cannery Casino Resorts LLC in New York state court over complications in its deal to purchase The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located near Pittsburgh, for $465 million.

  • October 29, 2014

    'Three's Company' Says Play Version Is Rip-Off, Not Parody

    The playwright behind an off-Broadway production that riffs on "Three's Company" has been arguing for months that the play is a protected parody of the iconic 70s sitcom, but the owners of the TV show said Tuesday in New York federal court that it is nothing more than an "inferior and unauthorized derivative work."

  • October 28, 2014

    Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Philly Antitrust Row

    A group of Philadelphia-area Comcast Corp. customers on Tuesday said the cable giant would pay $50 million to settle their decade-long putative class action accusing Comcast of controlling a regional monopoly for TV services.

  • October 28, 2014

    Leader Of $300M Allied Vets Gambling Plot Won't Serve Time

    Florida’s Seminole County Court reportedly said Monday that the former commander of Allied Veterans of the World will not face any prison time for his role in a $300 million gambling center conspiracy.

  • October 28, 2014

    FCC Chair Debuts Plan To Treat Web TV Like Cable

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday announced an anticipated proposal to regulate certain Internet TV services more like cable companies, a move he says is designed to create more television competition by giving Internet streamers better access to programming.

  • October 28, 2014

    Quest Fights Bloomberg's Stay Bid Regarding CBM Review

    Quest Licensing Corp. asked a Delaware federal court on Monday not to stay litigation over its information patent while Bloomberg LP and Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. seek a covered business method review for it, arguing that granting a stay would unduly prejudice the company.

  • October 28, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Blackstone, Hard Rock, Datatrak

    Blackstone is said to be seeking roughly $13 billion for its next global real estate fund, while Hard Rock is said to be eyeing other Middle East hotels and Datatrak has reportedly signed for space in Chicago.

Expert Analysis

  • Judge Blocks NJ Sports Betting — What's Next?

    Daniel Wallach

    Less than 48 hours before Monmouth Park Racetrack was to open the first legal sports book in New Jersey, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp put a temporary halt to those plans. Oral argument on the leagues’ application for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Nov. 20. Can we expect a different outcome? Don’t bet on it, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • A Close Look At The First 2 Post-Grant Review Petitions

    Lisa Mueller

    Not surprisingly, it took a while before the first petitions for post-grant review were filed, but LaRose Industries LLC and Toys “R” Us-Delaware Inc. filed in August, and Accord Healthcare Inc. filed in September. If one or both petitions are granted, one question will be whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will be able to issue a decision within the mandatory 12-18 months, says Lisa Mueller of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • Use Social Media For Legal Service Only As A Last Resort

    Steven Richard

    Courts remain largely skeptical about allowing litigants to serve and notify evasive parties of legal proceedings through their social media accounts. A recent split ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court shows the competing considerations, say Steven Richard and Britt Killian of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Refusals To Deal In The Big Data Era

    David Golden

    What happens when a single company exclusively controls a data source that is arguably necessary to compete in a product market? Generally, there is no obligation under the antitrust laws for that company to share its data with competitors, but under a narrow set of circumstances, refusals to cooperate with competitors can violate Sherman Act Section 2, says David Golden of Constantine Cannon LLP.

  • Aereo Bid To Avoid Injunction Gets Poor Reception

    Robert Kenney

    Aereo Inc. is now barred from retransmitting broadcast television programming at any time while that programming is being broadcast. The New York federal judge's ruling emphatically answers at least one question that may not have been clear — any time delay in retransmission that is less than the entire length of the broadcast to its conclusion is impermissible, says Robert Kenney of Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP.

  • Sterling Case Offers Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insight

    Shari A. Levitan

    The dispute between Donald and Shelly Sterling — resolution of which determined the control of the trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers and whether it could be sold for a reported $2 billion — highlights the steps required for trustee removal, and raised other interesting issues as to the relevant degree of capacity required for certain actions and the time at which the measure of capacity was taken, say Shari Levitan and Stac... (continued)

  • Why You Should Start Thinking About Upcoming Drone Regs

    William O'Connor

    Companies and trade associations interested in obtaining the benefits of small unmanned aircraft systems should start formulating plans now to help shape the Federal Aviation Administration's much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking — likely to issue in mid-December — and the regulations that will come out of it. They need not wait for the notice, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • NCAA Insurance News — A Step In The Right Direction

    Richard Giller

    Although the National Collegiate Athletic Association's recent decision to enable student-athletes to borrow against their potential future earnings in order to purchase insurance that protects those earnings only affects the handful of student-athletes who might play professional sports, it nevertheless represents a significant departure from the NCAA’s previous position, says Richard Giller of Polsinelli PC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.