Media & Entertainment

  • August 30, 2016

    ESPN Loses Bid To Escape NFL Player's Privacy Suit

    A Florida federal judge issued a short but strongly-worded order Monday outlining the reasons for denying ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter's motion to dismiss a privacy suit by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul over a Tweet showing his medical records.

  • August 30, 2016

    Wash. Tribe Says Losing Sewers Would Shutter Casino

    The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe urged a Washington federal court Monday to compel the city of Snoqualmie to continue providing sewer services to the tribe's casino, arguing that federal law doesn't allow the city to dodge that obligation and that losing sewer services would shut down the casino.

  • August 30, 2016

    NY Art Collector Fights IRS' Bid To Beat $11M Easement Row

    A prominent New York art collector and real estate investor urged the U.S. Tax Court on Tuesday to reject the IRS’ bid to disallow deductions for his purported $11.3 million noncash charitable contribution covering a conservation easement for his historic warehouse in Manhattan.

  • August 30, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Unizo, Copeland, Effy Hematian

    An affiliate of Unizo Real Estate has reportedly dropped $140.5 million on a Washington, D.C., office building where CNN has studios, Copeland Commercial is said to have scored $43.5 million in financing for a Texas logistics project and a venture led by Effy Hematian is reportedly buying a New York office building for more than $50 million.

  • August 29, 2016

    Fla. Pullback Of Pari-Mutuel Card Game Rule Ripped By Judge

    A Florida administrative law judge on Friday ruled the state should not have withdrawn a rule providing guidance on certain card games narrowly permitted at pari-mutuels, ruling that the action amounted to a prohibition on the games.

  • August 29, 2016

    Gladys Knight Sues Son's Restaurant Chain Over Name Use

    Empress of Soul Gladys Knight sued her son and companies that run Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles Restaurant locations in Georgia federal court on Monday, alleging unlawful use of her name, likeness and memorabilia after the restaurants landed in receivership following her son’s tax debt arrest.

  • August 29, 2016

    Ex-Tribal Leaders Push To Keep Casino Grave Dig Suit Intact

    Former Jamul Indian Village leaders suing in California federal court over the alleged disinterment of their relatives’ remains during the construction of the tribe's proposed $400 million casino blasted the federal government’s attempt to escape the suit on Friday.

  • August 29, 2016

    Fox Says Tantaros Suit A Cover-Up For Book Contract Breach

    An ex-Fox News anchor who accused the company of retaliating against her for complaining about widespread sexual harassment of women at the company should have to take her case to arbitration, the news organization argued in New York state court Monday.

  • August 29, 2016

    WhatsApp-Facebook User Data Move Incites FTC Complaint

    Privacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to investigate mobile messaging service WhatsApp Inc.’s move to share personal phone numbers and other user data with parent company Facebook Inc. for targeted marketing, labeling the policy change deceptive and unfair.

  • August 29, 2016

    Cox Can't Halt Fee Fight In User Piracy Suit, BMG Says

    Cox Communications has no basis to pause costs and fees consideration while it appeals a case over whether it forfeited the immunity of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by not blocking music piracy by its subscribers, music publisher BMG Rights Management told a Virginia federal court Friday.

  • August 29, 2016

    NCAA Athletes Say Fantasy Cos. Can't Dodge Publicity Suit

    Three former college football players on Friday urged an Indiana federal court to keep alive their publicity rights claims against daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel, arguing the First Amendment does not protect use of their names and playing statistics as part of the the companies’ contests, which the players characterized as “illegal gambling activity.”

  • August 29, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: China Orient, Rubenstein, Pagcor

    China Orient Asset Management has reportedly invested $143 million in a stake in several New York properties, while a Rubenstein venture is said to have scored $197 million for a New York project, and Philippines regulator Pagcor is said to be selling the casinos it currently operates.

  • August 29, 2016

    Kim Dotcom Can't Stream Extradition Hearing, NZ Judge Says

    A New Zealand judge on Monday declined to grant Kim Dotcom's request to livestream a high-profile hearing over whether the Megaupload Ltd. founder and three other defendants can be brought to the United States to face criminal charges over the defunct file-sharing service, according to a newspaper report.

  • August 29, 2016

    Pabst Can’t Ditch Snoop Dogg's Suit For Taste Of $700M Sale

    A California judge Monday ruled Pabst Brewing Co. must face rapper Snoop Dogg’s claims that his deal to endorse Pabst’s Colt 45 brand entitles him to a cut of the beer-maker’s $700 million sale to a TSG Consumer Partners LLC joint venture, rejecting Pabst’s argument the sale didn’t trigger his agreement.

  • August 29, 2016

    SFX Creditors Object To 'Byzantine' Disclosure Statement

    Unsecured creditors of electronic music festival organizer SFX Entertainment Inc. objected to the company's proposed Chapter 11 disclosure statement Friday, saying the plan outlined is too complicated and leaves unsecured creditors out in the cold.

  • August 29, 2016

    Barnes & Noble Wants E-Book IP Damages Limited To $100K

    Barnes & Noble on Friday asked U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff to limit e-book infringement damages to just over $100,000, saying that Adrea LLC’s economic analysis was faulty and that a two-cent royalty rate was proper.

  • August 29, 2016

    FCC Has ‘Head In The Sand’ On Media Ownership, Group Says

    The National Association of Broadcasters has excoriated the Federal Communications Commission for using a “hollow foundation” of research as the basis to sustain outdated media-consolidation restrictions in the digital age, saying the agency took a “head in the sand” approach without examining how the internet has changed the media market.

  • August 26, 2016

    WhatsApp's Facebook Data-Sharing Plan Rouses Watchdog

    Mobile messaging service WhatsApp revealed Thursday that it's going to start sharing users’ phone numbers and other data with parent company Facebook in order to better target ads, a move that drew immediate backlash from a privacy group that vowed to bring its concerns to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • August 26, 2016

    Comcast Beats Estrella TV's Case Over Dropping Network

    The Federal Communications Commission Media Division on Friday tossed a complaint against Comcast Corp. from the parent company of Spanish-language network Estrella TV, who alleged Comcast stifled competition by allowing Estrella to expire from certain markets after they could not agree on carriage talks.

  • August 26, 2016

    Appeals Court Questions Royalty Pact For Beats Headphones

    A California appeals court considering whether to revive claims that Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics cut the designer behind its first headphones out of royalties for subsequent models asked Friday if the designer’s deal was murky and why a patent on his work also covers another Beats product.

Expert Analysis

  • Challenging No-Injury Class Actions In State Court

    Joshua Briones

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, some corporate defendants are concerned that successfully challenging plaintiffs’ Article III standing will merely cause them to refile in state court, which is traditionally viewed as less favorable. However, plaintiffs that cannot articulate a concrete harm in federal court are not likely to establish standing anywhere, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • REBUTTAL: Establishing Standards And Norms In Mediation

    William A. Ruskin

    A recent Law360 guest article asks whether by signing a mediation confidentiality agreement, a lawyer surrenders the power to protect his client against inappropriate mediation conduct. The short response to this concern is that parties to a mediation should refuse to execute such an agreement that removes all future recourse against the mediator, no matter how egregious the mediator’s actions, says William Ruskin of Gordon Rees Sc... (continued)

  • Funding Litigation And Treatment: Leveling The Playing Field?

    Kari L. Sutherland

    In an environment where many believe access to the courts can be at least somewhat dependent on a person’s financial viability, does outside financing of litigation level the playing field between the Davids and Goliaths? Or is it the resurrection of a practice that even the Athenians deemed impolitic? asks Kari Sutherland of Butler Snow LLP.

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • The Experts And Evidence In Case Of Mistaken Artistic Identity

    Daniel A. Schnapp

    One of the most remarkable trials over a disputed artwork ended recently when an Illinois federal judge ruled that the well-known Scottish painter Peter Doig “absolutely did not” paint a work of art that was claimed to be by his hand. Perhaps the plaintiffs’ expert’s lack of familiarity with Doig’s work was instrumental to the judge’s reasoning, says Daniel Schnapp of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • Brexit: What To Expect In The Gaming Industry

    Lisa Navarro

    It is inevitable that Brexit will have some impact on gaming companies operating in the EU, and companies should consider whether their licensing strategy is sufficiently robust to withstand the potential effects of the U.K. and Gibraltar — an online gaming hub — leaving the European Economic Area, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • FTC Alums: Retail Mergers Reflect New Approaches At FTC

    Joshua D. Wright

    The Federal Trade Commission is poised to take the next step — perhaps the most significant one in its century-long history — in the evolution of its approach to merger enforcement. This evolution is apparent in the context of retail markets, as illustrated by FTC decision-making and analysis in the recent Safeway and Family Dollar transactions, say former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright and Theodore Serra of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • FTC Alums: 5 Institutional Challenges For The FTC

    William E. Kovacic

    The five institutional challenges confronting the Federal Trade Commission deal with fundamental assumptions that guided the agency’s creation. These challenges are policy perennials and will face the agency regardless of who wins the 2016 presidential election, says former FTC Chairman William Kovacic, a professor at George Washington University Law School.