Media & Entertainment

  • July 7, 2015

    Mediacom Petitions FCC To Incentivize Free Local TV

    Mediacom Communications Corp. petitioned the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday to incentivize broadcast television stations to extend free access to over-the-air television signals in local markets, arguing that viewers need more protection from service blackouts spurred by retransmission fee spats.

  • July 7, 2015

    NFL Wants Expert Declaration Out Of Mobile App Patent Suit

    NFL Enterprises LLC, and other defendants asked a Texas federal judge Tuesday to toss the declaration of a patent holder’s putative expert in an infringement case over mobile apps, saying it attempts to manufacture an impermissible dispute of fact.

  • July 7, 2015

    SCA Calls Yahoo Claims Baseless In $1B NCAA Bracket Fight

    Prize insurer SCA Promotions Inc. on Monday told a Texas federal judge that it is owed a cancellation fee over a failed plan to collaborate on a $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest and that the Web giant's breach of contract and trade secrets counterclaims have no merit.

  • July 7, 2015

    Levi & Korsinsky Named Lead Counsel In 500.Com IPO Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday appointed the lead plaintiff in a putative securities class action against the online Chinese sports-lottery service 500.com and approved his selection of Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel.

  • July 7, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hostess, ProSiebenSat.1, Ferrari

    Twinkies and Ding Dongs maker Hostess may be considering an initial public offering in lieu of a sale, German media companies ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer SE are reportedly engaged in merger talks, and Ferrari is said to have tapped UBS to manage its planned IPO as Fiat Chrysler prepares to spin off the luxury carmaker.

  • July 7, 2015

    $195M Tioga Downs Bid Competes Solo For NY Casino License

    After New York gambling regulators re-opened bidding for a Southern Tier casino license at the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, only Tioga Downs Racetrack LLC made a play at the license by the Monday deadline with a $195 million proposal.

  • July 7, 2015

    9th Circ. Mulls DMCA Takedowns In 'Dancing Baby Case'

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday grilled attorneys on both sides of a closely watched dispute over whether copyright owners can send takedown notices to sites like YouTube without considering whether the targeted material is legal fair use.

  • July 7, 2015

    Mobile Video App Tech Patent Holder Settles With Vevo

    Vevo LLC and technology patent holder Orostream LLC asked a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss their infringement suit in which Orostream had accused the video hosting service and others of improperly using its technology in mobile content distribution applications.

  • July 7, 2015

    IDreamSky Fights To Keep IPO Suit In NY Federal Court

    Mobile game maker iDreamSky Technology Ltd. told a New York federal judge on Monday that a putative shareholder class action accusing the company of providing misleading information in the run-up to its $115.5 million initial public offering last year belongs in federal court despite the shareholder’s objection.

  • July 7, 2015

    Cable, Satellite TV Groups Face Off Again Over New FCC Fee

    Dish Network LLC and DirecTV LLC on Tuesday reiterated their call for the Federal Communications Commission to keep a proposed regulatory fee on satellite television providers lower than the equivalent fee for cable providers, saying this would properly reflect a lower cost of regulation.

  • July 7, 2015

    Artist Wants Judge Recused From $7M Jay-Z Logo Row

    An artist who is suing Jay-Z over $7 million in royalties that he claims to be owed for helping design the Roc-A-Fella Records logo called for the recusal of a New York magistrate judge on Monday, questioning his impartiality after the judge took a private call from opposing counsel.

  • July 7, 2015

    Feds Eye Plea Over $5M Twitter, Uber Ponzi Scheme

    A Buffalo venture capital fund manager accused of operating a $5 million Ponzi scheme involving fake purchases of Twitter Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. shares is in plea negotiations, a New York federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • July 7, 2015

    Intervenors Bow Out Of Tribal Gaming Co. Sale Dispute

    A group of intervenors has agreed to drop claims in a contract battle between a Chickasaw Nation-owned gaming company and the bankrupt owner of the DiamondJacks casino chain over a failed $125 million sale, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed in Louisiana federal court Monday.

  • July 7, 2015

    Refco Can Add To Claims Over Cantor's Gaming Tech Biz

    The bankruptcy estate of brokerage Refco Inc. can add new allegations to support claims that Cantor Fitzgerald LP and affiliates illegally siphoned off mobile gambling technology from an entity Refco co-owned for a planned $100 million public spinoff, a New York magistrate judge ruled Monday.

  • July 7, 2015

    United Pans DirectTV Dead Zone Suit

    United Airlines Inc. blasted a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court as inconsistent and groundless, arguing Monday that the passenger plaintiff had no grounds to claim the airline falsely advertised DirecTV and Wi-Fi would be available outside the continental U.S.

  • July 7, 2015

    Stiffed By 'The Situation,' Atty Wants Out Of Tax Fraud Case

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's lawyer has asked a New Jersey federal court to let him off from defending the former "Jersey Shore" star against tax fraud charges because he's not being paid.

  • July 7, 2015

    LaTele Fights To Appeal Atty Fees In Telemundo IP Row

    LaTele Television CA on Monday urged the Eleventh Circuit to hear its appeal of an order to pay attorneys’ fees, saying that contrary to Telemundo Communications Group LLC's argument, the appeal of the order is not overly involved with the issues in the ongoing copyright row.

  • July 7, 2015

    Peabody Blasts 'Absurd' Song Lyrics In Jailed Protestors' Suit

    Peabody Coal Corp. has asked a Wyoming federal judge to strike John Prine lyrics from a complaint from two protesters who claim they were wrongfully jailed while protesting a shareholder meeting, calling inclusion of the the country song's lyrics “absurd.”

  • July 7, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Quadrant, Silverstein, Wells Fargo

    Quadrant Real Estate Advisors is said to be seeking to raise $700 million for a property debt fund; while, after a tussle in court with seller Silverstein Properties, Chaim Miller reportedly closed on a $138 million Manhattan building deal and a Wells Fargo & Co. unit is rumored to have provided a loan for a Florida casino expansion.

  • July 7, 2015

    REIT Ups Bid To $5B For Pinnacle’s Real Estate Assets

    Real estate investment trust Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has increased its offer to buy the real estate assets of casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to $5 billion including debt, the company said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Ethical Limits Of Attorney Social Media Investigations

    Michael Kolcun

    While the legal profession is rightfully taking to social media for investigative purposes, attorneys must caution themselves to maintain compliance with the ethics rules when doing so. As many ethics opinions recognize, such considerations primarily turn on whether a social media webpage is public or private and when contact with the social media user is prohibited, say Michael Kolcun and Craig Weiner of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Avoiding Compliance Red Cards After FIFA Scandal

    Jeff Severson

    Sports marketing companies were central to the criminal conduct described in the FIFA indictment, which raises issues about how both sports marketing companies and sponsors can avoid being taken advantage of and steer clear of entering into contracts with organizations that engage in bribery and corruption, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Casinos Can No Longer Gamble On FinCEN Compliance

    Travis Nelson

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's comments at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas and recent enforcement actions against casinos reflect FinCEN’s expectation that casinos and card clubs be held to the same high compliance standards as their much more pervasively regulated bank counterparts, say attorney at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Del. Defines Derivative Standing Of Creditors Committees

    Sharon L. Levine

    Given a recent decision in the Standard Register Chapter 11 case allowing a creditors committee to pursue claims in connection with an acquisition, it now seems likely that in certain cases, a debtor’s officers and directors cannot claim they are justified in deciding not to bring suit against themselves, say Sharon Levine and Anthony De Leo of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Why NJ May Win 3rd Circ. Sports Betting Case

    Daniel Wallach

    New Jersey may hold the upper hand in the sports betting case, based on what unfolded at the oral argument. In contrast to the district court, the Third Circuit signaled strongly that principles of statutory interpretation would dictate the outcome. And this bodes well for New Jersey, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • Music In Politics — Copyright And Lanham Act In The Mix

    Since Frank Sinatra helped John F. Kennedy get elected to the presidency in 1960, every candidate has used popular music to help inspire voters. But the copyright laws and Lanham Act do not give them free rein to use musician’s work without license — and musicians have started to fight back. Entertainment attorney Allen Grodsky explores the trend.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • Anti-SLAPP — A Constitutional Tug-Of-War

    Mitch Langberg

    While intending to protect freedom of speech, some state legislatures are considering or have adopted anti-SLAPP statutes that are blatant infringements on equally important constitutional guarantees. Recently, this played out both in Washington and Nevada, with strikingly different results, says Mitch Langberg of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • The Staggering Breadth Of Chicago's New 'Cloud' Taxes

    Michael J. Wynne

    The city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction, demonstrating that bad times make for bad tax administration. And there are strong arguments that the tax rulings run afoul of provisions in the Federal Telecommunications Act, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and federal and Illinois constitutional limits on taxation, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Brulotte Rule Upheld Despite Suspect Economic Rationale

    Scott Doyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment Inc. is likely to be felt by unsophisticated parties — inventors such as Kimble — who are unfamiliar with how to draft a licensing agreement to avoid Brulotte’s severe restrictions on post-expiration patent royalties. But even sophisticated parties may still feel the bite of the Brulotte rule, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.