A California bankruptcy judge last week rejected the claims of Screen Capital International Corp., as well as approximately $3 million in associated legal fees, in the bankruptcies of film financier David Bergstein’s companies.
A California judge on Monday refused to dismiss a suit brought by Jimi Hendrix's estate seeking to exit an agreement to produce a concert film, saying a jury should decide whether a producer acted unreasonably in blocking the estate's agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to distribute the film.
A group of minors last week pushed back at Google Inc. and Viacom Inc.'s bid to toss multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing them of illegally tracking the online activities of children under 13, arguing that underage users are legally unable to consent to tracking.
Jersey City, N.J., was hit with a suit in state court Friday that accuses the mayor of violating the terms of a lease by trying to oust a nonprofit as manager of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in favor of an outside management firm.
Mattel Inc. won a ruling from a California federal judge last week that a former freelance writer didn't have any rights to the company's longtime Masters of the Universe franchise or its lead character, He-Man.
A federal judge on Monday approved a consent judgment that settles U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims against Frank Mazzola and his two firms for $500,000, concluding a two-year case involving funds set up to buy securities in Facebook Inc. and other companies ahead of their initial public offerings.
A Florida Senate panel on Monday passed a bill aimed at clarifying the legality of certain arcade games in the wake of legislation passed last year tightening a ban on gray-market slot machines after a scandal that prompted the lieutenant governor's resignation.
Gawker Media LLC asked a California federal judge on Monday to toss Quentin Tarantino's copyright infringement lawsuit over the leak of his screenplay for a Western called "The Hateful Eight," saying the publication of links to a third-party posting of the script was legal fair use.
Hip-hop star and entrepreneur Sean Combs bid $200 million for the Fuse cable-TV channel, while TPG Capital is looking to pare down Ingham Enterprises' farm portfolio by 56 properties worth up to $590 million.
A Cablevision Systems Corp. shareholder filed suit Friday against founder Charles Dolan and his family in a Delaware state court, alleging the company's profits have been diluted by widespread nepotism and exorbitant salaries that value bloodlines over experience.
The Eighth Circuit on Monday shot down a chiropractor and a medical and legal referral business’s challenge to recent Minnesota automobile insurance law changes restricting the solicitation and advertisement of medical services to car accident victims.
The path to success for women is the same as it is for men — building relationships, delivering an excellent work product and earning the trust of your clients by serving as both a legal and strategic business adviser. I must confess, however, that I also had to learn to drink scotch and play golf, says Linda Goldstein, chairwoman of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP's advertising, marketing and media division.
I will never forget stories I heard of what it was like to be a woman attending law school in the early 1960s, which included being called up to the front of the class to answer the professor’s questions on designated "Ladies’ Days," says Yuliya Oryol, chairwoman of Nossaman LLP's puplic pensions and investments practice group and administrative partner for the firm's San Francisco office.
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday settled fraudulent conduct charges with a lawyer representing some of the companies that took $13 million from investors by claiming they had access to Facebook Inc. and other social media stock ahead of their initial public offerings.
Facebook Inc. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan said Friday that the company is planning to soon roll out new tools that will enable users to better understand how their information is being used by third-party advertisers and outside sites that ask them to link to Facebook.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday ordered mediation for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the firm defends a win over claims that it defrauded a Native American casino and resort developer by taking millions in legal fees while the developer went unpaid.
A Stanford University track and field star who had been the first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over its handling of concussions dropped her proposed class action in Illinois federal court Friday over concerns about her role as class representative.
The trustee for the producers of the “Girls Gone Wild” video series' Chapter 11 bankruptcy case asked a California federal judge on Thursday to stave off a tenant's attempts to evict the company units from their Los Angeles office, saying it violated the terms of a lease agreement that was likely destroyed by GGW founder Joe Francis.
An $83 million dispute between Google Inc. and the Internal Revenue Commission over a 2002 stock deal with Time Warner Inc.’s America Online probably won’t go to trial until 2015, according to documents filed on Wednesday in U.S. Tax Court.
A magazine subscription company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to nix a Ninth Circuit decision giving the Federal Trade Commission a second chance to recover $34.4 million that the company allegedly stole from consumers through deceitful magazine sales.
If a trial court denies an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation motion, does the moving party have the right to immediate appellate review, or must it wait until the case is over? Two high-profile anti-SLAPP cases promise to resolve the issue, my preference being that parties should enjoy the right of interlocutory appeal when their motions are denied — regardless of whether anonymity happens to be in play, says Leslie Machado of LeClairRyan.
Those interested in the growing Internet gaming market should watch closely whether states move meaningfully toward joining the new multistate Internet gaming agreement, and New Jersey is particularly important to watch because of the breadth of its offerings and its early entrance into the market. Meanwhile, successful Internet gaming revenue streams in more populous states may have a catalytic effect on other states' desire to enter the market, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's recent decision interpreting the Washington Personality Rights Act to give post-mortem publicity rights to Jimi Hendrix seemingly resurrects deceased celebrities’ rights of publicity in Washington, regardless of domicile at the time of death, and could significantly impact the heirs of celebrities who were domiciled in a state with no post-mortem publicity rights, says Emily Jarvis of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
The recently introduced American Royalties Too Act is an attempt at leveling the playing field between U.S authors and U.S. visual artists, but a resale royalty may not be the solution to ameliorating this disparity, given the complexity of the art market. Perhaps following the global trend for resale royalties is not the most effective method of benefiting artists involved in U.S. art transactions, say Diana Wierbicki and Agatha Kluk of Withers Bergman LLP.
The Delaware Court of Chancery recently rejected a party’s attempt to object to the production of documents located in France on basis of the French Data Protection Act. Given the court’s reputation and influence in corporate litigation, In re Activision Blizzard Inc. Stockholder Litigation does not augur well for foreign parties hoping to resist U.S.-style discovery on basis of their country’s data privacy statute, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Cloud users must know how to use the cloud responsibly to prevent later difficulties with document production. When negotiating a cloud service agreement, users should look for certain services that will prove useful when responding to discovery requests, such as comprehensive search options, instant suspension of the auto-delete function, and preservation of metadata and embedded data, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, nearly 200 cases have cited the ruling, but the only consensus reached is that its significance for class actions is unsettled. However, notwithstanding the lower courts’ inconsistent application of Comcast's “rigorous analysis” of damages model evidence, a few guiding principles have emerged, say Erik Snapp and Quinn Shean of Dechert LLP.
On the heels of its recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman narrowing general personal jurisdiction, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week in Walden v. Fiore clarifies the constitutional limits of specific jurisdiction. Walden encourages courts to err on the side of dismissal when faced with a defendant’s inadvertent or tenuous connection to the forum state — something the courts might otherwise be reluctant to do, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
I was shocked to find that in the month of February 2014 alone there were over 100 legal opinions issued in the U.S. involving Facebook. While some of these cases were more disturbing than amusing, there were a few gems, including the case of a Florida judge who ruled against a litigant who had denied her friend request, says Dan Nabel of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.
In stark contrast to the changing environment for the majority of lawyers today, the evolution for the general counsel is driven less by necessity than by opportunity. Today’s GC may touch every aspect of his or her organization to solve challenges and propel the company forward, keeping the GC far ahead of what is expected of the average lawyer, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.