Media & Entertainment

  • September 19, 2014

    Brand Battles: 20th Century Fox, James Bond, Aunt Jemima

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a distillery tries to cancel a Twentieth Century Fox trademark for the movie "Sideways," the company behind James Bond is "stirred" to action, and Quaker Oats goes after a real-life woman who calls herself "Aunt Jemima."

  • September 19, 2014

    Biotechs Brave Market As Historic IPO Grabs Spotlight

    Three biotechs and a health care provider quietly kicked off trading this week, braving the market as all eyes were fixed on e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s public debut on the New York Stock Exchange, after it raised a startling $21.8 billion.

  • September 19, 2014

    Apple Anti-Trust Monitor Should Stay, Govt. Tells 2nd Circ.

    The government and attorneys general for 33 states on Thursday urged a Second Circuit panel to keep a court-appointed monitor for Apple Inc. put in place after a ruling that the company fixed e-book prices with publishers, saying a judge didn't abuse discretion in denying Apple's attempt to disqualify the monitor.

  • September 19, 2014

    Conan Doyle Estate Takes Sherlock IP Fight To High Court

    The estate of writer Arthur Conan Doyle took its copyright dispute over the Sherlock Holmes stories to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, arguing that the editor of a new anthology of tales inspired by the detective should have been forced to cough up the work in question.

  • September 19, 2014

    Al Jazeera Hits Gore With Counterclaims In $65M Escrow Fight

    Al Jazeera America Holdings I Inc. on Thursday hit Al Gore and his Current TV co-founder with counterclaims in their Delaware Chancery Court suit over Al Jazeera's purchase of the failed cable network, saying they aren't entitled to $65 million held in escrow.

  • September 19, 2014

    Ex-Club Owner Must Give Docs To Adult Co. Vivid In IP Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday ordered a former nightclub owner to hand over documents in a trademark infringement lawsuit that pornographic film company Vivid Entertainment Group filed against him over his use of the mark “Vivid” in the name and promotion of his club.

  • September 19, 2014

    Hot Alibaba Launch Likely To Spark Additional IPO Frenzy

    The U.S. market for initial public offerings is well on the way to its strongest year in more than a decade, and after the success of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. listing Friday — the largest IPO in U.S. history — the market is unlikely to hit the brakes any time soon, experts say.

  • September 19, 2014

    Texas Rep.'s Racetrack Betting Machine Suit Gets Nixed

    Texas Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, said Thursday that a complaint he filed against members of the Texas Racing Commission seeking to block the introduction of historical racing machines at state racetracks had been tossed by a state judge because the lawmaker lacked standing.

  • September 19, 2014

    7th Circ. Joins Chorus Of Cariou Critics

    In commenting on the Second Circuit's much-discussed decision against photographer Patrick Cariou, the Seventh Circuit’s recent fair use ruling added to criticism that courts are placing too much emphasis on “transformativeness." Some attorneys, though, say that's not the real problem with the earlier case.

  • September 19, 2014

    Alibaba IPO Buoys M&A Outlook For 2 Big-Ticket Deal Makers

    The historic initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Friday injected multibillion-dollar windfalls to the war chests of a pair of mammoth companies already under the M&A microscope, sending the marketplace buzzing over their next deal-making moves.

  • September 19, 2014

    FTC Shifts Heat To Mobile Apps With Kids' Privacy Actions

    The Federal Trade Commission recently targeted mobile apps run by Yelp Inc. and TinyCo Inc. in enforcement actions under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, showing that the agency won't hesitate to apply the privacy rules it has traditionally enforced for websites to the mobile space, even with apps that aren't directed to children.

  • September 19, 2014

    Alibaba Mania Calms As E-Commerce Giant Settles Into NYSE

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. officially started trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BABA” Friday, skyrocketing to $99.09 per share in early trading before calming to close at $93.89, earning the e-commerce giant a roughly $231 billion market capitalization.

  • September 19, 2014

    Aquis Clears Key Hurdle For $203M Australia Casino Buy

    The Hong Kong investor-backed Aquis Casino Acquisitions Pty Ltd has scored a key approval from Australia's foreign investment watchdog to move forward with a controversial AU$216.9 million ($194.4 million) purchase of a local casino, according to a Friday investor filing.

  • September 19, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Crowell & Moring's Bryan Brewer

    Big data and information technology are poised to play prominent roles in upcoming transactions. The companies and investors that seem to be placing a high value on these dynamics appear to have an influence on results in pricing and the overall success of the transaction after it closes, says Bryan Brewer, co-chairman of Crowell & Moring LLP's corporate group.

  • September 18, 2014

    Disney, EA Say Game Animation Lip-Sync Not Patentable

    Disney Interactive Studios Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and other video game makers urged a California federal judge to toss patent infringement claims over a set of rules for lip-synching on animated characters, saying Thursday that the rules are unpatentable because they aren't novel or concrete.

  • September 18, 2014

    News Corp.'s Google Worries Show Difficulty For EU Deal

    News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson has joined the chorus of Google Inc. opponents and backed the European Commission's decision to push for yet another settlement offer in its search bias case, underscoring the difficulty attorneys say the European Union antitrust watchdog will have in finding a compromise that makes everyone happy.

  • September 18, 2014

    Barry Bonds Fights Obstruction Verdict Before Full 9th Circ.

    Former San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds urged an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reverse an appellate panel's ruling upholding his 2011 conviction for obstructing a federal investigation into steroid use, arguing that a witness's truthful evasive statements can't be criminalized.

  • September 18, 2014

    LodgeNet Creditors Sue To Block 'Brazen' Restructuring Plan

    Creditors of the reorganized hotel media provider formerly called LodgeNet Interactive Corp. sued Wednesday to block a “radical and brazen” restructuring plan crafted by fellow creditor Mast Capital Management LLC, saying it subordinates their debt in violation of LodgeNet’s Chapter 11 plan.

  • September 18, 2014

    Venable-Acquired Firm Ducks LA Times Reporter's Spying Suit

    Law firm Gorry Meyer & Rudd LLP, which later merged with Venable LLP, escaped an ex-Los Angeles Times reporter's suit alleging it hired disgraced private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap and threaten her, as a California judge ruled Thursday there wasn't sufficient evidence the firm ordered Pellicano to target her.

  • September 18, 2014

    Creditors Slam 'One Life To Live' Producer's Ch. 11 Plan

    Creditors of bankrupt Prospect Park Networks LLC, which tried to extend the run of soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" online, blasted the production company's disclosure statement on Thursday, saying it omits key information and touts a plan that cannot be confirmed.

Expert Analysis

  • Unmasking And Suing The Anonymous Social Media Speaker

    Steven Richard

    Parties contemplating a lawsuit over anonymous online postings may seek court-ordered, presuit discovery to investigate who owns and operates the social media account. Recent New York and Texas decisions evidence the necessity to research and understand fully the extent to which a jurisdiction allows presuit discovery, says Steven Richard of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Advertising On Social Media: How To Avoid Legal Problems

    Erin Hickey

    While marketing departments rapidly have embraced social media advertising, legal departments are cautious in giving them the green light. Trying to keep your company’s marketing timely and clever, while also making sure it is legal, can be a juggling act for many, say Erin Hickey and Nancy Ly of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • The Fallacy Behind NJ's Sports Betting Strategy

    Daniel L. Wallach

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has embarked on a bold new legal strategy designed to bring sports betting to the Garden State. Despite the optimism expressed on many fronts, the latest gambit is unlikely to succeed, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • Readying For A New First Monday

    Fred T. Isquith

    Fall is in the air. September is flying by. In a few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will be convening again. But while there are securities cases on the docket, there is nothing as momentous as Halliburton, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • No Industry Is Safe From TCPA Litigation

    Richard Benenson

    In recent years, the number of private actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has risen sharply, but perhaps more concerning is that litigants are using the act to target an increasingly broad range of industries, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • OPINION: Pro Bono May Help Diversity Recruiting Efforts

    David A. Lash

    A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms — going beyond traditional mentoring programs by creating a sponsorship relationship. Pro bono can also play a part, say David Lash and Merle Vaughn of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • How Research Efficiency Impacts Law Firm Profitability

    David Houlihan

    For a law firm, excess time dedicated to legal research generates waste, either in the form of artificially reduced billable hours or, particularly in flat or contingency fee projects, as overhead eroding the profitability of legal work. By measuring five factors, firms will begin to understand their own opportunities for improving profits, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • A Look At Constitutional Challenges To Redskins Decision

    Richard Crudo

    Although the ruling in the Washington Redskins trademark case has garnered much fanfare, Pro-Football Inc.’s constitutional challenges to that decision and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act have received relatively little attention, say Vinita Ferrera and Richard Crudo of WilmerHale.

  • Best Business Planning Practices For Lawyers

    Jenn Topper

    Each lawyer's practice is a self-run business, even within the platform of a firm, and yet the level of entrepreneurialism within the practice of law is oftentimes marginalized, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • Reinforcing Division Between Police And Taxing Powers

    Michael J. Wynne

    As state and local governments increasingly turn to taxes on gaming and other traditionally regulated products and activities, a recent Illinois case is a timely reminder to taxpayers that many of these “sin taxes” may be vulnerable to challenge, because they do not represent a valid exercise of the police power and are merely a veiled attempt to raise revenue, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.