Media & Entertainment

  • July 28, 2016

    Mass. Casino Opponents Come Up Winner In Trust Land Fight

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Department of the Interior was wrong to take land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s planned casino, saying the agency misinterpreted the Indian Reorganization Act in finding it had the authority to do so.

  • July 28, 2016

    Cosby Drops Suit Saying Accuser Breached Confidentiality

    Bill Cosby on Thursday dropped a breach of contract suit in Pennsylvania federal court against a woman who accused him of sexual assault and others who signed a 2006 settlement agreement not to publicly discuss details of that case, an action that his attorney said allows him to focus on his criminal case.

  • July 28, 2016

    MoneyMutual Wants To DQ Class Attys In Payday Loan Suit

    Two lawyers representing a class against payday lender MoneyMutual LLC and talk-show host Montel Williams have been offering “consulting services” to payday lenders the attorneys previously litigated against and should be disqualified, the lender told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Redstone's Faculties Still At Issue In Viacom CEO Row

    A Massachusetts judge refused to quash allegations that media mogul Sumner Redstone did not know what he was doing when he removed Viacom Inc. CEO Philippe Dauman from the company's controlling trust, saying Thursday that questions over Redstone’s capacity remain in play.

  • July 28, 2016

    Apollo Calls Out Caesars Creditors For Wasting Time

    Apollo Global Management LLC on Thursday fired back at Caesars Entertainment Corp. creditors calling for sanctions against the private equity firm for missing deposition deadlines, telling an Illinois bankruptcy judge that the depositions will take place and that the motion for sanctions was a “colossal" waste of time.

  • July 28, 2016

    New York Times Asks To Nix Gender Claims, Class Cert.

    In a letter to a New York federal judge on Wednesday, the New York Times said it should be allowed to pare down an employee discrimination suit against it, arguing that the two advertising account managers had failed to back their gender-based claims and had limited grounds for seeking class certification.

  • July 28, 2016

    USA Today App User, Gannett Spar Over Spokeo

    A USA Today reader who said the company's app disclosed his video viewing preferences told a federal judge in Boston Thursday that the Spokeo Supreme Court decision didn't doom his putative class action privacy claim despite Gannett's request to dismiss the suit on those grounds.

  • July 28, 2016

    FCC Urged To Exclude Small Providers From Set-Top Box Plan

    The American Cable Association on Tuesday told the Federal Communications Commission that whatever plan it adopts to allow consumers to access their pay-TV programming on third-party devices, the rules should not apply to smaller companies that could be pushed out of the market. 

  • July 28, 2016

    SeaWorld Knew Movie Hurt Ticket Sales, Investor Says

    An investor who filed a putative class action suit against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. for allegedly failing to tell shareholders a critical 2013 documentary caused an attendance drop at its theme parks told a California court Wednesday that the company clearly knew the film would hurt its business.

  • July 28, 2016

    Judge Clears Fox Show 'Empire' Of Pimp's Memoir Claims

    Fox and the creators and star of its TV series “Empire” on Wednesday beat a $10 million copyright infringement suit lodged by a self-described “gangsta pimp” after a California federal judge ruled that the pimp’s memoir wasn’t overly similar to the world portrayed in the hit show.

  • July 28, 2016

    Ad Agency Deal With Unpaid Interns Gets Early Approval

    A New York state court gave initial approval Wednesday to a settlement that calls for Arnold Worldwide LLC to compensate a group of unpaid interns $500 apiece to resolve a proposed class action lawsuit, according to court documents.

  • July 28, 2016

    Turtles Attys Want $50M Cut Of Labels' Pre-1972 Deal

    Attorneys for The Turtles who won key rulings against Sirius XM Radio Inc. over pre-1972 records demanded Wednesday that the major labels pay more than $50 million in fees, once again accusing the record companies of essentially excluding the lawyers from their own victory party.

  • July 28, 2016

    John Steinbeck's Family Sues For Copyright Fight Coverage

    The son of John Steinbeck has sued his insurance company for denying coverage of an underlying 2014 lawsuit, brought by Steinbeck’s late wife’s daughter disputing who controls the movie and stage rights of the author’s work, according to California federal court complaint filed Thursday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Condé Nast Slams Subscriber's Bid To Save Data Sales Suit

    Condé Nast clapped back Wednesday at a bid to keep alive class allegations that the media company sold customer data without consent, telling a New York federal judge the consumers' reliance on a ruling on entirely different claims has no bearing on this case.

  • July 28, 2016

    Stephen Colbert Faces IP Threat Over 'Colbert' Character

    Late night host Stephen Colbert said Thursday that he could no longer appear as his famous fictionalized persona because “corporate lawyers” from “another company” had claimed the conservative character as its intellectual property.

  • July 27, 2016

    Sony Sued Over 2014 Hack That Exposed Movie To Piracy

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc. breached a distribution agreement by failing to prevent a massive November 2014 data breach that exposed several movies to piracy, the maker of one of those compromised films claimed in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida federal court seeking millions in damages.

  • July 27, 2016

    Ex-Sony GC Says FBI's Help Was Vital In Breach Aftermath

    A former Sony general counsel who played an active role in responding to a massive cyberattack that exposed employee and corporate data said Wednesday that one of her first moves was to call law enforcement, highlighting the value repeatedly stressed by the FBI head and others of building strong relationships with the government.

  • July 27, 2016

    Group Gets More Time To Get Ark. Casino Bid On Ballot

    A committee formed to back a proposed amendment to Arkansas’ constitution, which would allow for three casinos in the state, announced Wednesday that it has been given more time to obtain and validate the remaining signatures required to put the proposal on the ballot later this year.

  • July 27, 2016

    Caesars Creditors Want Apollo Punished For Blown Deadlines

    A noteholders committee seeking the right to sue Caesars Entertainment Corp. on behalf of its insolvent operating unit on Tuesday moved to sanction Caesars' owner, Apollo Global Management LLC, for failing to produce two of its top partners for agreed-upon depositions.

  • July 27, 2016

    Dish Network Solicitation Rule Unlawful, NLRB Tells 10th Circ.

    The National Labor Relations Board has urged the Tenth Circuit to back a board ruling that requires Dish Network to alter its solicitation policy to allow workers to engage in concerted activity in work areas during nonwork times, saying its conclusion was reasonable and backed by evidence.

Expert Analysis

  • The Technology Lawyer And Connected Things

    Ron Raether

    Many lawyers oversimplify internet-of-things issues by talking about data misuse cases as if the solution was to simply “say what you do, and do what you say.” This advice is stuck in the past, where few companies controlled the entire experience for the users, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision demonstrate how the government replaces juries, removing the jury as an important decision maker in the community and as a check on governmental power — roles that are especially important in these times, says Professor Suja A. Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • FTC Continues To Scrutinize Social Media Influencer Programs

    Kate Dennis Nye

    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment shows the agency’s continued interest in, and concern about, social media influencer campaigns, as well as its continued focus on the brands, rather than the social media influencers themselves, says Kate Dennis Nye of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • How Employers Can Prepare For The Perils Of 'Pokemon Go'

    Keith A. Ashmus

    With the recent release of "Pokemon Go," employers may now be less concerned about "Candy Crush" distractions and more concerned about team Pokemon hunts in the office. The game has the real potential to create significant pitfalls for corporate employers, who must prepare for Pokemon mishaps from both employees and trespassers, says Keith Ashmus at Frantz Ward LLP.

  • DOJ, FTC More 'Upfront' About Divestiture Requirements

    Gregory P. Luib

    Lost in all the publicity over high-profile mergers that have foundered for lack of an acceptable remedy is the fact that the agencies continue to resolve the vast majority of merger challenges by consent but are doing so with a marked increase in the use of upfront buyers, says Gregory Luib of Dechert LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Microsoft Search Warrant Case Is A Win For Privacy

    Bradley S. Shear

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling that the U.S. Department of Justice may not utilize a U.S. search warrant to access customer data stored overseas is a victory for not only personal privacy rights but also for the theory that people’s rights in the physical world should be extended to the digital world, says attorney Bradley Shear.

  • Catch These 'Pokemon Go' Data Collection Lessons

    Brian H. Lam

    The meteoric rise in popularity of the mobile game "Pokemon Go" provides three key privacy takeaways for would-be application developers and their marketing partners, says Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.