Media & Entertainment

  • November 25, 2015

    Incompetence Claims Motivated By Money, Redstone Attys Say

    Media mogul Sumner Redstone's attorneys fired back in California court Wednesday at a lawsuit filed by his ex-caretaker Manuela Herzer claiming he's a “living ghost” who can no longer care for himself, saying Herzer's bid for reinstatement as his health care agent is about “her personal financial agenda.”

  • November 25, 2015

    Embattled Calif. Tribe Comes Closer To Reopening Casino

    A California casino run by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is one step closer to reopening after the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday ratified a memorandum of understanding between the tribe and the county meant to resolve public safety issues, a casino official confirmed.

  • November 25, 2015

    JetBlue Not Part Of Defamed Passenger Suit, 1st Circ. Hears

    JetBlue Airlines has asked the First Circuit to keep a customer’s defamation suit over an interaction with a flight attendant buried, saying a Massachusetts federal court correctly dismissed it because the customer only claimed news reports, not the airline, defamed him.

  • November 25, 2015

    United Beats Suit Over Limitations On DirecTV Service

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging United Airlines Inc. stiffed customers who bought DirecTV or Wi-Fi service that didn't work beyond the continental U.S. on international flights, saying the suit’s claims are preempted under federal law.

  • November 25, 2015

    Nasdaq Can’t Shake Immunity Decision In Facebook IPO Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday declined to vacate a ruling that Nasdaq’s immunity as a self-regulatory organization didn’t protect it from claims related to its botched handling of Facebook’s initial public offering, finding the decision should stand despite a recent settlement.

  • November 25, 2015

    Gov't Sees No Reason To Rethink Tribe’s Challenge To Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a California federal judge Wednesday to reject the Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community’s bid to resurrect its suit to block another tribe’s proposed casino project, claiming the Colusa tribe is rehashing its arguments and that the tribe greatly exaggerated the threat to its own casino business from the project.

  • November 25, 2015

    Turtles Say SiriusXM Is Off Track On Fla. Property Law

    Members of The Turtles rock band argued Tuesday that Sirius XM Radio is employing a misguided “anything but Florida law” strategy to try to convince the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court's finding that the band doesn't hold a performance right to their pre-1972 recordings.

  • November 25, 2015

    Jury Wrongly Cleared Apple In Emblaze IP Suit, Fed. Circ. Told

    Israeli software firm Emblaze Ltd. has asked the Federal Circuit to toss a district court jury verdict finding Apple Inc. did not induce ESPN Inc., Major League Baseball and others to infringe the firm's video live-streaming technology, arguing that no reasonable jury could have come to that conclusion based on the claims and evidence.

  • November 25, 2015

    Big Labels Won't Get Higher Streaming Rates Than Indies

    With a much-anticipated ruling looming on how much webcasters like Pandora should pay in royalties over the next five years, the Register of Copyrights said Tuesday that major record companies should not be paid higher rates than independent labels.

  • November 25, 2015

    Brand Battles: Wal-Mart, American Airlines, Disney

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Wal-Mart "makes" a 3-D printing problem for itself, American Airlines clashes with Chevron over who has the "advantage," and Disney gets animated over a century-old fictional character.

  • November 25, 2015

    Sports Photogs Denied 'Sweeping' Memorabilia Ban In IP Suit

    Sports memorabilia sellers facing copyright infringement claims don’t have to halt all sales of photographs whose copyrights they don’t own, even though the photographers behind the lawsuit have “legitimate concerns” about memorabilia dealers violating an earlier court order, a Wisconsin federal judge said Wednesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    NY Judge Promises Quick Ruling On DraftKings, FanDuel Ban

    A Manhattan trial judge held off Wednesday on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's bid to have daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel shut down pending the outcome of state lawsuits charging they promote illegal gambling, but said a decision would come "very soon."

  • November 25, 2015

    FTC Slams DirecTV Bid To Trim 'Free Trial' False Ad Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny DirecTV's attempt to pare a suit alleging the provider failed to fully inform subscribers they'd be shelling out steep monthly fees after a promotional period ended.

  • November 25, 2015

    Columbia House Pushes Back Against Objections To Sale Plan

    Columbia House's corporate parent defended the potential sale of the once-popular music club to an affiliated company called Edge Line Ventures on Tuesday after unsecured creditors filed papers in New York federal court accusing executives of having used the business as a “personal piggy bank” before it fell into bankruptcy.

  • November 25, 2015

    SEC Blesses Bloomberg, Fintech Trade Matching Plans

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved separate plans Tuesday by a Bloomberg LP unit and a Connecticut financial software company to offer trade matching services and electronic trade confirmations, while exempting both from registering as a clearing agency.

  • November 25, 2015

    DirecTV Settles Fight Against TVEyes

    DirecTV has agreed to drop a lawsuit accusing media-monitoring service TVEyes Inc. of violating federal communications laws — a case that the web startup had claimed was merely "an end run" around previous rulings that found it was protected by the fair use doctrine.

  • November 25, 2015

    Porn Distributor Asks Judge To Pause Suit Against Seyfarth

    A New Jersey pornography distributor on Tuesday asked a Florida federal judge to stay its suit, which alleges an embattled law firm misrepresented the U.S. tax benefits of Brazilian tax shelter schemes, in order to conduct limited discovery to resolve a question of jurisdiction.

  • November 25, 2015

    Ex-Food Network Star Sues Developer Over Texas Restaurant

    A restaurateur who appeared on the reality TV series "The Next Food Network Star" in 2008 has hit a developer, landlord and project manager hired to build her new restaurant Shelby Hall in Dallas with a suit in Texas federal court, claiming the developer unlawfully broke their lease agreement after running into cost issues that prolonged construction.

  • November 25, 2015

    The Dangerous Secrets Your Client Is Keeping From You

    Any secret a client keeps from outside counsel can be a liability, but certain types are especially harmful, lurking in the shadows like a grenade with the pin pulled. Here, experts discuss the most menacing secrets clients hide.

  • November 25, 2015

    FCC Comes To Broadband's Aid With Pole Attachments Order

    The Federal Communications Commission released an order Tuesday meant to harmonize the rates that telecom and cable service providers pay to attach to utility poles, saying the change should incentivize broadband development.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • A Closer Look At Fed. Circ.’s Ruling In ClearCorrect

    Lyle B. Vander Schaaf

    The Federal Circuit's majority opinion in ClearCorrect seems to provide a sweeping pronouncement regarding U.S. International Trade Commission jurisdiction, but the ITC likely will read the opinion narrowly to simply stand for the proposition that, where the only imported item is digital data that is transferred electronically from outside the U.S., the agency does not have jurisdiction, say Lyle Vander Schaaf and Yashas Honasoge o... (continued)

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Don't Let Mobile App 'Consumer' Become 'Subscriber'

    Zuzana Ikels

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Ellis v. Cartoon Network addressed a question of first impression at the appellate level — when a user of a free mobile application is a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act. But the ruling's implications go far beyond the VPPA. The case illuminates three strategic issues that should be considered in developing mobile apps, says Zuzana Ikels of Polsinelli PC.

  • Safe Harbor Needed For Arbitral Rights In Absent Class Claims

    Richard A. Ripley

    To determine a waiver of arbitral rights, circuit courts generally look at whether the party seeking arbitration takes action in litigation inconsistent with its arbitration rights, and whether that action prejudices the plaintiff. However, two 2015 decisions — Checking Account Overdraft Litigation and Healy v. Cox — reveal that framework as an ill-fitting suit when the waiver implicates absent putative class members, says Richard ... (continued)

  • Class Counsel Fees Getting 'Intense Judicial Scrutiny'

    Carolyn Cole

    Recognizing that defendants have no duty and little incentive to object to an inflated class counsel fee request, and that class counsel have every incentive to increase their fees, Judge Richard Posner and the Seventh Circuit have filled this void by directing “intense judicial scrutiny” of class counsel fee awards. In doing so, the court identified issues all counsel now should consider when crafting a class action settlement, sa... (continued)

  • Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

    John Delaney

    While Apple, Google and Amazon each provide a “default” end user license agreement to govern mobile apps downloaded from their respective app stores, a company ideally should adopt its own EULA to best protect its interests in its apps, say John Delaney and Anthony Ramirez of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • Musician Gets Black Eye At TTAB

    Scott J. Slavick

    “Where Is the Love?” is the title of one of the Black Eyed Peas’ greatest early hits, but right now it’s likely the lament of band member on having his application for the mark "I Am" rejected by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In the end, perhaps the applicant's only real chance was to sell the "fame" concept, say Scott Slavick and Arturo Gonzalez of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.