Media & Entertainment

  • November 26, 2014

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Loeb & Loeb's Jonathan Zavin

    Loeb & Loeb LLP partner Jonathan Zavin is a giant in entertainment litigation whose vigorous defenses of iconic intellectual properties including "Avatar" and "Raging Bull" have earned him a spot on Law360's list of Media and Entertainment MVPs.

  • November 26, 2014

    Fla. Supreme Court Backs Gambling Permit Conversion Law

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's finding that a 2010 statute allowing the conversion of certain gambling permits was unconstitutionally a special law passed under the guise of being a general law, ruling Wednesday that supporters offered a reasonable interpretation in keeping with legislative intent.

  • November 26, 2014

    Caesars Unit Pledges Tort Stake To Junior Bondholders

    Caesars Entertainment Corp. disclosed Wednesday that junior noteholders of its operating arm have been granted a stake in potential litigation proceeds, the casino operators' latest move in an ongoing struggle to get its main subsidiary out from under $18.4 billion in debt.

  • November 26, 2014

    DOJ Knocks Apple's 6th Circ. Nod In E-Books Appeal

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday challenged Apple Inc.'s argument that a recent Sixth Circuit ruling supports the reversal of a ruling that it conspired to drive up e-book prices, saying the tech giant hadn't shown how the other case applied to its Second Circuit appeal.

  • November 26, 2014

    Both Parties In 'Happy Birthday' Rights Row Vie For Quick Win

    A Warner Music Group Corp. unit and the plaintiff alleging the unit’s copyright for “Happy Birthday to You” is bunk each asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to gift them a quick win in the putative class action over the ubiquitous song. 

  • November 26, 2014

    Comcast, NHL Fight TV Viewers' Antitrust Class Cert. Bid

    Comcast Corp., the National Hockey League and others accused of colluding to harm competition in sports broadcasting recently asked a New York federal court to deny the plaintiffs’ bid for certification, saying the class was incohesive and internally conflicted, in a brief made public Tuesday.

  • November 26, 2014

    9th Circ. Urged To Scrap 'Innocence Of Muslims' Injunction

    A chorus of technology companies, news organizations and online rights groups threw their support behind Google Inc. on Tuesday, telling the Ninth Circuit to overturn its controversial ruling that forced the tech giant to pull an anti-Islam video from YouTube.

  • November 26, 2014

    Amazon Returns Fire Over Porn Site's Injunction Bid

    Amazon.com Inc. trashed the owner of pornography streaming site FyreTV on Tuesday in Florida federal court, calling it a nearly defunct business with a slim chance of success in a suit alleging Amazon’s “Fire TV” video streaming device infringed its trademark.

  • November 26, 2014

    Trump Says It Needs $5M Icahn Infusion To Stay Afloat

    Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. on Wednesday asked a New York bankruptcy judge to approve a $5 million cash infusion from Carl Icahn-controlled senior lender companies, saying that without the financing, it will run out of funds by mid-January.

  • November 26, 2014

    Pa. Justices To Hear Appeal Of Libel Suit Against Newspaper

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a March ruling that revived a Luzerne County business owner’s libel suit accusing a Scranton newspaper of mistakenly reporting that he was subject of a federal investigation.

  • November 26, 2014

    3rd Circ. Affirms Freeh's Right To Remove Libel Suit

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday confirmed that attorney and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose firm issued a sharply critical report on an alleged cover-up of sex abuse at Penn State University, has the right to remove a forthcoming libel suit to federal court.

  • November 26, 2014

    Brand Battles: L'Oreal, Paramount, Monster Energy, Gap

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, L'Oreal has trouble winning an unusual trademark for its perfume, the title of upcoming movie from Paramount Pictures draws a challenge from the ever-present Monster Energy, and retailer Gap takes on a "GAP."

  • November 26, 2014

    Group Challenges NIST Refusal To Release COPPA Grant Info

    The Center for Digital Democracy on Wednesday pushed the U.S. Department of Commerce to require one of its agencies to disclose more information about a $1.6 million grant recently awarded to a compliance service provider to develop a more streamlined approach for adhering to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

  • November 26, 2014

    Netflix Accuses Yahoo CIO Of Taking Kickbacks At Former Job

    Netflix Inc. has accused a former executive who was recently hired as chief information officer at Yahoo Inc. of taking kickbacks from vendors through his consulting company on contracts he was in charge of negotiating and approving at the video streaming company, according to a suit filed in California court.

  • November 26, 2014

    Texas Investigator Accused Of Stealing $200K In Comic Books

    A former investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office stole more than $200,000 worth of rare comic books from the subject of a 2012 embezzlement case, according to an indictment filed Wednesday in a Houston state court.

  • November 26, 2014

    Calif. Court Says Edwards Wildman Can Protect Internal Docs

    A California appellate court on Tuesday overturned an order that Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP must produce documents in a malpractice suit stemming from a privacy row against the Daily Mail tabloid, saying attorney-client privilege applies to communications within a firm about a client, when the client later sues the firm.

  • November 26, 2014

    EU Regulators Push Google To Scrub Links From All Domains

    Europe’s privacy regulators said Wednesday that search engines such as Google Inc. must delete links to contested search results on a global basis and not just from EU domains in order to comply with a recent high court ruling that sanctioned users' right to request the deletion.

  • November 26, 2014

    EE Confirms It Is 2nd Big-Ticket Mobile Target For BT

    The parents of EE on Wednesday confirmed the British mobile giant is the second big-ticket takeover target in the crosshairs of BT PLC, the deal-hungry cable company that earlier in the week said it was weighing a $10 billion-plus play for another British wireless provider.

  • November 25, 2014

    Top Caesars Creditors Allege 'Brazen' Asset-Stripping

    A bondholder trustee filed a lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday calling for the appointment of a receiver to unwind the “unimaginably brazen corporate looting” of a Caesars subsidiary near-certain to enter bankruptcy under an $18.4 billion debt load.

  • November 25, 2014

    9th Circ. Reinstates Ex-Miss Montana's Fraud Conviction

    The Ninth Circuit has reinstated the mail fraud conviction of a former Miss Montana in connection with insurance coverage for a $15,000-per-month temporary house rental, saying Monday that her representations as to her standard of living constituted “material misrepresentations” to insurance company Chubb Corp.

Expert Analysis

  • Ascertainability Challenge Is Viable Weapon For Defense

    Melody E. Akhavan

    While it remains to be seen after Langendorf v. Skinnygirl Cocktails how high of a burden future courts will place on plaintiffs to prove an administratively feasible method for determining class membership, what is clear is that many courts appear increasingly willing to deny class certification on ascertainability grounds, says Melody Akhavan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Remembering Doar: Justice As A 4-Letter Word

    Kevin J. Curnin

    John Doar ran the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division at perhaps the most chaotic and pivotal time in its history. His passing earlier this month is an occasion for lawyers everywhere to marvel at just how impactful one attorney can be. He didn’t just preside at a historic time, he calmly and coolly shaped it, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • ‘Tis The Season … For Data Breaches And Data Analytics

    Mike Kheyfets

    Last holiday season saw some of the biggest and costliest data breaches in the retail industry’s history. With optimistic forecasts for spending this year, retailers will no doubt once again be in hackers’ crosshairs in the coming month. Implementation of data analytics — an important but sometimes underutilized tool — can assist in all phases of incident management, say economists at Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • What You Should Know About Using Drones In California

    If you are a drone manufacturer, operator or enthusiast in California, you will want to know what’s going on in your city because, in the absence of federal and state law, city governments have taken notice of drone use and are starting to take action. 2015 will be an interesting year for drone law, says Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Differentiate Your Litigation Practice With Data Security

    Jennifer Topper

    Despite the significant tilt toward technology in how litigation is now conducted, many senior lawyers still delegate tech-related issues to e-discovery specialists or associates at their firms. This is a missed opportunity not just for client development, but also for shaping the way the firm and lawyer are seen in the eyes of corporate counsel, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • The Print Room: How To Spend Less And Get More

    Senthil Rajakrishnan

    Our estimates indicate that some law firms spend up to $8,000 per attorney each year on print-related costs. Although we live in a digital world, hard copy printing will remain an important part of business for years to come. Changing technology, however, offers opportunities to improve efficiencies and save money, say Senthil Rajakrishnan and Ryan Mittman of HBR Consulting LLC.

  • Video Privacy Protection Act Could Be The New TCPA

    Behnam Dayanim

    The Video Privacy Protection Act is making itself felt in a recent wave of class actions against media companies such as Hulu LLC, Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Cartoon Network over their alleged disclosure of consumer viewing habits. Importantly, the statute — like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — does not require actual damages, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Dewey Partner Clawback Ruling May Hurt New York Law Firms

    Evan C. Hollander

    Unless the recent ruling in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy case is overturned on appeal or the New York Legislature amends the state’s fraudulent transfer and partnership laws, partners of New York firms will bear greater risk if their firms fail than will members of many non-New York partnerships. This risk factor might even affect decisions by prospective lateral partners about which firms to join, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • What EU Should Focus On In Google Antitrust Investigation

    Nathan Newman

    That Google Inc.’s own executives argue that its control of user data has helped create a self-reinforcing circle that has strengthened its dominance should encourage the European Commission to investigate and limit how Google uses its control of user data to create and extend market power, says Nathan Newman, a research fellow at the New York University Information Law Institute.

  • FAA Drone Guidance Doesn't Advance Congress’ Mandate

    Thomas Gemmell

    While often promoted as a panacea, the Federal Aviation Administration's recent guidelines for petitioning for commercial drone use may in effect run counter to Congress’ mandate that the FAA accelerate integration of such systems into the national airspace system before completion of the integration plan and rulemaking, says Thomas Gemmell of Husch Blackwell LLP.