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  • April 18, 2014

    Scholars Sue NYC To Stop Library Renovation

    A citizen advocacy coalition on Thursday sued the city of New York in state court, seeking to stop a proposed renovation of the main branch of the New York Public Library that was approved by ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the plan would “mutilate” the historic building and the environmental review had been rubber-stamped.

  • April 18, 2014

    Logo Designer Takes Baltimore Ravens Suit To High Court

    A logo designer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit's ruling freeing the Baltimore Ravens and NFL Enterprises LLC from paying him royalties for alleged infringement of his design, saying the appeals court erred in finding the defendants' use of the design in historical footage fit within the fair-use doctrine of the Copyright Act.

  • April 18, 2014

    FTC, Marketing Co. Ink $169M Deal In Pyramid Scheme Row

    The Federal Trade Commission, three states and Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing Inc. have reached a $169 million deal to end a lawsuit over an allegedly illegal pyramid scheme that affected more than 100,000 consumers, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in Kentucky federal court.

  • April 18, 2014

    Solicitor General Can Argue In Pom, 8 Other High Court Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that the U.S. solicitor general can participate as amicus curiae next week in oral arguments in nine cases, including Pom Wonderful LLC's suit accusing competitor Coca-Cola Co.'s juice label of misleading consumers.

  • April 18, 2014

    USC Urges Judge To Toss Ex-Football Player's Pain Med Suit

    The University of Southern California and its student health center urged a California federal judge on Friday to toss an ex-USC football player's claims that a team doctor negligently administered a painkiller that gave him a heart attack, saying the player didn't show a breach in the standard of care.

  • April 18, 2014

    Nielsen To Pay $1.2M To Settle Wage Class Action

    Media research company The Nielsen Company (US) LLC has agreed to pay up to $1.2 million to settle a putative class action in which employees claimed they were denied overtime compensation and proper meal breaks and rest periods, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a settlement agreement in California federal court announced Thursday.

  • April 18, 2014

    ACLU Seeks To Open Up Gov't Bid To Muzzle Twitter, Yahoo

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday made a push to join a dispute over the government's ability to prohibit Twitter Inc. and Yahoo Inc. from disclosing grand jury investigations to users, urging a D.C. federal court to unseal the proceedings and allow the companies to participate.

  • April 18, 2014

    Insurers Not Liable For Sports Co.'s $3M Noncompete Row

    A New York appeals court on Thursday freed two insurers from footing a $3.2 million judgment against a sports equipment company accused of lifting trade secrets after luring a competitor's employee, finding the policies did not cover violations of a corporation's privacy rights.

  • April 18, 2014

    DirecTV Hit With Patent Suit Over Set-Top Boxes

    ViXS Systems Inc. is accusing several technology companies, including Entropic Communications Inc. and DirecTV LLC, of importing set-top boxes and other products that infringe four of its patents, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 18, 2014

    NY Times Needn't Cough Up Docs For Hospital Investor Spat

    A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that The New York Times Co. doesn't have to produce documents sought by a pension fund for an underlying investor suit accusing a health care operator of performing unnecessary, highly profitable cardiac procedures.

  • April 18, 2014

    Brand Battles: MPAA, Diageo, 'Wizard Of Oz'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Motion Picture Association of America defends its mark-protected ratings symbols, booze behemoth Diageo goes after Sutter Home over a "Royal" mark, and Warner Brothers' fight to defend its "Wizard of Oz" trademarks continues.

  • April 18, 2014

    Salsa Composer Sues Music Publishers For Royalty Theft

    A Venezuelan salsa composer filed suit Wednesday in Florida state court accusing two music publishers and their owners of selling his music, including pieces not under contract, through online stores and failing to pay him royalties.

  • April 18, 2014

    Alaska House Passes Bill To Nix Film Tax Credit In 2016

    The Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday that abolishes the state’s film tax credit in 2016, pending a report to the Legislature on tax revenue that is slipping between the cracks.

  • April 18, 2014

    GoDaddy's 'Bad Judgment' DQ Bid Not Sanctionable

    A California federal judge on Friday blasted GoDaddy Inc.’s now-failed bid to disqualify the judge overseeing a cybersquatting suit against it as an extremely bad judgment call, but ruled it was not made in bad faith to justify sanctioning the web host. 

  • April 18, 2014

    BBC America Hit With $5M Copyright Suit Over 'Orphan Black'

    A screenwriter is demanding $5 million from BBC America Inc. and others, alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract over the science-fiction television series "Orphan Black," according to a suit filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • April 18, 2014

    James Franco's Former Manager Accused Of 8-Year Fraud

    A lawsuit filed Friday accuses James Franco's former talent manager and his former financial manager of operating an eight-year scam to steal a portion of the commissions the movie star was paying to talent management firm James Levy Management Inc.

  • April 18, 2014

    How The High Court Can Avoid Collateral Damage In Aereo

    A defeat for Aereo Inc. in its U.S. Supreme Court battle with broadcasters could pose a big threat to the world of cloud computing, the company and others have claimed. With arguments in the case set for Tuesday, Law360 examines if the justices can shut down Aereo without causing problems in the cloud.

  • April 18, 2014

    7th Circ. Blasts 'Banana Lady' For 'Frivolous' Lawsuits

    The Seventh Circuit handed down a scathing opinion this week against a litigious Wisconsin singer-dancer who performs in a giant banana suit, calling a copyright suit over Facebook photos of her performance meritless and blasting her for "incessant filing of frivolous lawsuits.”

  • April 18, 2014

    Steve Jobs' Character Fair Game In Poaching Trial, Judge Told

    A class of tech employees urged a California federal court on Thursday to deny a bid by Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies to limit evidence in an upcoming trial over their alleged conspiracy to suppress wages and not compete for each others' workers, arguing that the tech giants' request to bar statements about Steve Jobs' character was overbroad.

  • April 18, 2014

    Live Nation Breaks Up Japan JV Amid Global Expansion Push

    Global ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. rounded out its stake in its Japanese unit, it said late Thursday, in a deal that lifts ownership from a Japanese competitor and gives the California company full strategic influence as it pursues a global expansion plan.

Expert Analysis

  • Should Bloggers Be Treated As Publishers Under Libel Law?

    Robert L. Rogers III

    The Florida appellate case of Comins v. VanVoorhis offers the latest in a small but growing number of debates over whether and, if so, what kinds of bloggers or publishers of Internet content should be afforded the same protection as print and broadcast journalists. Indeed, one of the more controversial points of contention for the Free Flow of Information Act bill still awaiting passage by Congress is a provision that narrowly defines "covered journalist" to exclude bloggers, says Robert Rogers of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • Proving Harm In Trademark Cases Post-Herb Reed

    Beth Goldman

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Herb Reed Enterprises LLC v. Florida Entertainment Management Inc. has shifted the balance against plaintiffs seeking a preliminary injunction in the trademark context to be in line with the trend in patent cases. The party seeking an injunction must proffer some evidence of irreparable harm, and can no longer rely on the presumption, say Beth Goldman and Daniel Justice of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Baidu Ruling Reinforces Search Engine Immunity

    Joshua Fowkes

    The ruling by the Southern District of New York in Zhang v. Baidu strongly supports the principle that search engines and e-commerce sites are immune from legal claims based on how they retrieve, present and rank information and products. This result is particularly important because high rankings on Google, Amazon and other powerful search engines are critical for companies conducting e-commerce, says Joshua Fowkes of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Home Entertainment Market Offers Opportunity And Peril

    F. Paul Pittman

    The emergence of “smart” technology is opening new avenues for advertisers and media and entertainment companies to reach consumers at home and provide them with content and services in a new interactive, direct and personalized manner. But companies must be aware of the potential dangers in this space and take certain steps to ensure transparency in their data collection efforts, says F. Paul Pittman of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Heartbleed Rains On The Legal Cloud Parade

    David Houlihan

    While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • Keep Your Audience From Checking Email: 5 Legal Talk Tips

    Michael H. Rubin

    Why do the majority of speakers get polite claps at the end of their talks while a few select others receive rousing applause? Having given more than 375 presentations to legal groups, bar associations, Fortune 500 companies and corporate gatherings, I’ve learned a few things about what not to do. Remember, great speakers don’t tell “war stories.” They don’t even give examples from their own practice, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • How Law And PR Can Work Together In High-Profile Cases

    Lathrop Nelson

    The confluence of a vigorous legal defense with a sophisticated press strategy helped us exonerate — both within the courtroom and in the court of public opinion — an Army officer accused of sexual assault. Normally, PR professionals work with attorneys to minimize a client’s exposure and correct inaccuracies in coverage, but sometimes transparency is the better route, as in this case​, say Lathrop Nelson III of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP and Josh Zeitz of MWW.

  • Kan. Follows Yellow Brick Road To Broad Privilege Waiver

    Jay Barron

    A Kansas federal court's recent decision in Sprint Communications Co. LP v. Comcast Cable Communications LLC raises concerns about the possible inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privileged documents when responding to document requests. But perhaps most concerning, the court’s claim of a trend among its “sister courts” is misguided, says Jay Barron of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • Racy Trademarks And Patents Are Not On Equal Footing

    Shelly Rosenfeld

    An interesting twist is that while one is unable to register a vulgar trademark, there is no such roadblock for patenting a device that one may consider vulgar. The same office that prevented a rooster-shaped lollipop from obtaining a registered trademark because of a double entendre has issued patents for many sexual devices — whose names, if trademarked, would probably be rejected for their vulgarity, says Shelly Rosenfeld of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.