Media & Entertainment

  • July 1, 2016

    Judge Shoots Down Reconsideration Bid In $45M EB-5 Suit

    A Georgia federal judge refused to give a film and TV production company “a third bite at the apple” Thursday in its $45 million lawsuit alleging former NBA player Theo Ratliff and others conspired to shut it out of a prospective deal involving the EB-5 program.

  • July 1, 2016

    3rd Circ. Affirms Suspension Of Led Zeppelin Case Atty

    The song remained the same Thursday for the attorney who recently lost the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement suit when the Third Circuit upheld a district court order suspending him for three months and a day.

  • July 1, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Skadden, Vinson

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, the media industry sees the creation of an immense television company and growth in the digital services arena, and three law firms guide the initial public offering of a Maryland-based real estate investment trust in the health care sector.

  • July 1, 2016

    USA Today Asks For App Privacy Suit Toss Citing Spokeo

    A proposed class action accusing a Gannett Co. unit of stepping on app users’ privacy rights by collecting video data must be nixed in the wake of the the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision, the media company told a Massachusetts judge, because no concrete harm has been alleged.

  • June 30, 2016

    'Happy Birthday' Copyright Settlement Gets Final Approval

    A California federal judge on Thursday gave final approval to a $14 million settlement that will place “Happy Birthday To You” in the public domain, bringing the copyright saga over the traditional tune to an official close, save for the issue of plaintiffs’ attorney fees.

  • June 30, 2016

    Sony Can't Slip Michael Jackson Deception Class Claims

    A California judge rejected Sony Music Entertainment's bid to toss consumer protection claims from a putative class action alleging Sony tricked Michael Jackson fans into buying posthumous albums containing songs sung by other vocalists, saying the dismissal bid was improper procedurally and wouldn't have prevailed anyway.

  • June 30, 2016

    Sirius XM Agrees To Pay $35M To End Telemarketing Rows

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle proposed class actions alleging the company illegally used predictive dialers for telemarketing calls, according to a status report filed Thursday in Virginia federal court.

  • June 30, 2016

    Caesars Seeks To Pay Down $300M In Ch. 11 Bank Claims

    Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc. asked for permission from an Illinois bankruptcy judge Thursday to pay $300 million to bank lenders that provided four prepetition term loans totaling $5.35 billion.

  • June 30, 2016

    Set-Top Plan Alternative Is Only Way Forward, FCC Told

    The National Cable and Telecommunications Association told the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that the agency’s plan to unlock set-top boxes is not workable or lawful, despite “sloganeering” from the proposal’s defenders, and that an industry-backed apps-based alternative is the only real option.

  • June 30, 2016

    Sponsor Defends Fla. Voter Gaming Control Referendum

    The group backing a proposed amendment to Florida's constitution that says it would give the state's voters more control of gambling expansion defended the proposal in a Florida Supreme Court filing Wednesday against opponents' claims that the ballot question is overly broad, misleading and unclear.

  • June 30, 2016

    Calif. Signs New Gaming Deals With 3 Tribes, Amends 4th

    The state of California has inked new gaming compacts with three tribes and amended an existing one with a fourth tribe, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday.

  • June 30, 2016

    News Corp Inks $293M Deal For UK's Top Sports Radio Outlet

    The U.K. subsidiary of News Corp. said Thursday it will buy the parent company of British radio giant talkSPORT Ltd. in a $293 million deal that folds the radio and digital audio broadcast partner of the English Premier League into billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling media empire.

  • June 30, 2016

    SeaWorld Wants Amended Investor Class Action Beached

    SeaWorld asked a California federal court on Wednesday to dismiss the latest complaint from a proposed class of investors accusing the theme park operator of failing to tell shareholders that its drop in attendance had been caused by a 2013 documentary, saying the claim still comes up short in linking the movie to corporate performance.

  • June 30, 2016

    Comcast Pushes For Injunction To Keep Rovi Patent Row In NY

    Comcast Corp. continued efforts Wednesday to convince a New York federal judge to block Rovi Corp. from pursuing patent claims outside the state, insisting the entertainment company’s legal actions in Texas and elsewhere would cause it irreparable harm.

  • June 30, 2016

    House Oversight Panel Continues Probe Of USCC Member

    The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform continued its push Wednesday for documents in its investigation of potential conflict of interest issues arising from a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission member’s relationship to an international trade union.

  • June 30, 2016

    Gawker's Union Contract Up In Air, Ziff Davis Says

    Web publisher Ziff Davis, currently the leading bidder to acquire Gawker Media's consortium of blogs at a planned bankruptcy auction, said Thursday that it has not yet determined whether it would assume a collective bargaining agreement covering Gawker's editorial employees.

  • June 30, 2016

    Netflix Sued For Rate Hike On 22M 'Grandfathered' Customers

    Netflix Inc. on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court claiming that its plan to raise monthly prices on 22 million “grandfathered” customers goes against the company's alleged promise that they had a lifetime guarantee of being charged $7.99 per month.

  • June 30, 2016

    Gawker CEO Denton To Be Deposed By Hulk Hogan's Attys

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday ordered Gawker CEO Nick Denton be deposed by attorneys for Hulk Hogan over the publisher’s request to shield Denton from the wrestler’s $125 million judgment against him as the media company pursues a sale of the business in Chapter 11.

  • June 30, 2016

    Sinclair Lacked License, Malice In Copyright Row, Judge Says

    A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday rejected Sinclair Broadcast Group's argument that it had an implied license to use a media consulting company style guide but did not agree the television company had acted with "actual malice" in a copyright infringement dispute.

  • June 30, 2016

    Sony Gets Another Aplix Patent Nixed In AIA Review

    Sony has notched another victory in its challenge to patents that its PlayStation 4 controller and Playstation Vita are accused of infringing, as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday found claims in a hand-held device patent were invalid.

Expert Analysis

  • Amazon Unfair Practice Case May Affect Data Breach Cases

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    A Washington federal court's recent decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Amazon falls outside the data security context but potentially offers corporate victims of data security breaches a powerful defense against FTC suits alleging that the company’s data security practices violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • RFP Lessons: A General Counsel's List Of Law Firm Mistakes

    Dave Sampsell

    All too often, law firm financial proposals are too complicated, making them contingent on a host of different assumptions. This makes determining the value of the proposal extremely difficult, and the odds increase dramatically that the proposal will be disregarded, says Dave Sampsell, general counsel of Digi International Inc.

  • California's Anti-SLAPP Law Is Not Systematically Abused

    Felix Shafir

    The real problem with California's anti-SLAPP law is not systematic abuse by litigants. It is contradictory appeals court opinions construing critical portions of the statute, say attorneys at Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • NY Should Unify Standards For Atty Fees Against State Agency

    Matthew T. McLaughlin

    Two bills introduced in the recently ended New York legislative session, if adopted into law, will provide government entities and Freedom of Information Law practitioners with the mooring of predictable and consistent outcomes in FOIL proceedings by changing the standard for determining attorneys’ fee awards, say Matthew McLaughlin and Benjamin Argyle of Venable LLP.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.

  • A New Standard For Attorneys’ Fee Awards In Copyright Cases

    Barry I. Slotnick

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent attorneys' fees decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons — which directs lower courts to give significant weight to a losing party’s objectively unreasonable litigation position — is likely to deter some meritless copyright litigation, the inability to collect a fee award from an impecunious litigant sometimes requires other methods of deterrence, say Barry Slotnick and Tal Dickstein of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • Red Or Black? Difficult Decisions Ahead For Atlantic City

    Steven Wilamowsky

    With the passage of the Casino Tax Property Stabilization Act, New Jersey appears to be moving forward to help stabilize Atlantic City and avoid a bankruptcy filing by the city. Success, however, will require buy-in by not only the city’s casinos but also the city itself and its citizens, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.