Media & Entertainment

  • March 5, 2015

    Suspect In MLB Doping Scandal Moves to DQ Atty

    An alleged co-conspirator in the Major League Baseball doping scandal asked a Florida federal judge Wednesday to disqualify a third-party counsel from representing one of the two different third parties she is currently representing, arguing she has a conflict of interest and is obstructing pre-trial discovery.

  • March 5, 2015

    NFL's Gore Takes $1,000 Settlement From BB&T In $53M Case

    National Football League running back Frank Gore has accepted a $1,000 settlement offer from Branch Banking & Trust Co., well under the millions he individually sought in a $53 million suit he and other players brought against the bank for allegedly unauthorized transactions.

  • March 5, 2015

    Hall & Oates Launch IP Suit Over 'Haulin' Oats' Granola

    Daryl Hall and John Oates hit granola maker Early Bird Foods & Co. with a trademark suit in New York federal court Wednesday, targeting a flavor dubbed "Haulin' Oats" that allegedly reminds bran eaters of the band’s name.

  • March 5, 2015

    'Blurred Lines' Writers Called Liars As Case Heads To Jury

    An attorney for Marvin Gaye’s family called Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams liars, while the duo’s counsel fired back by arguing the Gayes don’t know what their copyright actually protects, during closing arguments Thursday in the trial to determine if “Blurred Lines” infringed Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

  • March 5, 2015

    4th Circ. Breaks Gag Order In Massey CEO's Criminal Case

    After a monthslong tussle with the local and national media, the Fourth Circuit has lifted a gag order restricting access to participants and documents in the criminal case against former Massey Coal Co. CEO Don Blankenship, who is accused of causing 29 miner deaths by directing the company to break safety laws.

  • March 5, 2015

    Trump Resorts Seeks $6.5M DIP Boost To Cover AC Tax Bill

    Casino operator Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. on Thursday asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to bless a $6.5 million enlargement of its debtor-in-possession financing package, saying it needs the extra cash to help cover a nearly $9 million real estate tax bill from Atlantic City.

  • March 5, 2015

    Facebook Delaying Subpoenaed Docs, Accused Scammer Says

    Counsel for Paul Ceglia, who is fighting charges of filing fraudulent litigation claiming a 50 percent stake in Facebook Inc., told a New York federal judge on Thursday that the social media company is delaying document production following a subpoena.

  • March 5, 2015

    Oprah Again Shakes 'Own Your Power' Trademark Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed for the second time a trademark suit against Oprah Winfrey over her company and magazine’s use of the phrase “Own Your Power,” ruling the phrase was not protected by a trademark.

  • March 5, 2015

    SeaWorld Can't Sink Auto-Renew Ticket Class Action

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a putative class action against SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc. alleging the theme park operator wrongfully renewed and automatically charged customers for annual passes to its parks without their permission.

  • March 5, 2015

    DLA Piper Snags Ex-O’Melveny Star Litigator In Los Angeles

    DLA Piper said Wednesday it has tapped a former partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP specializing in high-stakes and complex litigation across a number of industries including health care, insurance, entertainment, technology, finance, energy and environmental, and professional services and accounting.

  • March 5, 2015

    Ex-Penn State Execs Get Sandusky Cover-Up Suit Put On Hold

    A Pennsylvania judge put on hold Wednesday the state’s case against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators accused of interfering with the state investigation into Jerry Sandusky's sexual misconduct, while the judge's refusal to dismiss the case for purported attorney-client privilege violations is appealed.

  • March 5, 2015

    USTR Prods 'Notorious' Piracy Markets To Reform

    U.S. trade officials on Thursday unveiled their updated global list of the most egregious alleged violators of copyrights and trademarks, calling on the operators of these “notorious markets” to cease the commercial-scale piracy that has ravaged U.S. producers in the media, apparel and pharmaceutical industries.

  • March 5, 2015

    Mohegan Sun Fires Up Plans For $120M Hotel In Conn.

    The Mohegan Sun detailed plans on Thursday for a new, $120 million hotel expected to open in fall 2016 at the casino resort in Connecticut.

  • March 5, 2015

    Online Ad Co. Tremor Beats Investors' Suit Over $75M IPO

    A New York district judge has tossed a securities class action alleging that Tremor Video Inc. misled investors ahead of its 2013 initial public offering, saying accusations that the online video advertisement company knew about impending losses prior to the $75 million IPO were merely speculative and not based in fact.

  • March 5, 2015

    Worker Advocacy Group Must Turn Over Logs In Visa Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday ordered a nonprofit legal services organization to provide privilege logs related to its study of labor practices at carnivals as part of a lawsuit brought by workers accusing an amusement park company of underpaying them and forcing them to pay H-2B visa expenses.

  • March 5, 2015

    Caesars Bond Trustee Sues To Enforce $750M Guarantee

    A bond trustee accused Caesars Entertainment Corp. of illegally repudiating $750 million in junior debt to ease the restructuring of its bankrupt operating unit, filing a lawsuit in New York that strikes at the heart of a carefully constructed $10 billion deleveraging strategy.

  • March 5, 2015

    Mixed Judgments In Reality TV Star's $15M Licensing Row

    A New York bankruptcy judge has granted in part and denied in part competing motions for summary judgment over the disputed unwinding of a $15 million licensing agreement between bankrupt Signature Apparel Group LLC, a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star and the Rocawear brand.

  • March 5, 2015

    Louie, Louie, You're Gonna Pay: Louis CK Loses Pension Row

    A New York federal judge on Thursday told Louis C.K.’s production company it owed unpaid contributions to union-affiliated pension and health plans for the comedian’s work editing his hit FX series “Louie,” ruling it owed full-time contributions no matter how many hours he worked.

  • March 5, 2015

    Ex-USC Trojans Star Sues Lloyd's Over NFL Rookie Contract

    Former University of Southern California Trojans star player Marqise Lee sued underwriters at Lloyd’s of London in California federal court Wednesday, claiming the insurer failed to cover a “multimillion-dollar loss” in the value of his rookie National Football League contract due to an injury.

  • March 5, 2015

    Morgan Lewis Wants Philly Papers' Billing Suit In Delaware

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP said in a filing docketed Wednesday in Pennsylvania state court that accusations by the parent company of Philadelphia’s two major daily newspapers that the firm improperly sided with one faction in a 2013 ownership dispute should be heard in Delaware’s courts.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating The Legal Risks Of Native Advertising

    Alan L. Friel

    Sponsors and publishers have an interest in separating truly editorial from commercial speech and taking a conservative approach to assuming native advertising will be treated as advertising in order to avoid claims that it is deceptive or commercial speech that infringes upon third-party rights, say Alan Friel and Fernando A. Bohorquez Jr. of Baker & Hostetler LLP.

  • Law Firm Tensions Mount In Africa — What Does It Mean?

    Steve Blundell

    Tensions are perhaps inevitable in a fast-growing market such as Africa where international law firms are gearing up for a greater level of market entry, and where the independent firms remain highly reliant on referrals from these same firms. But the questions facing both types of firms go to the heart of short-term expedient versus long-term strategy, says Steve Blundell of Redstone Consultants.

  • Digital Advertising And The Role Of Self-Regulation

    Laura Brett

    Expect state and federal enforcement bodies to maintain a focus on digital advertising issues, especially regarding the application of traditional endorsement and testimonial standards to social media and the question of what constitutes “clear and conspicuous” disclosure in the digital space, says Laura Brett of the National Advertising Division.

  • Ignore The Digital Economy Tax Movement At Your Own Peril

    Gregory J. Hartker

    Once again, we find ourselves faced with a proposal attempting to target and provide special tax rules for income generated by digital goods and services. While it may be easy to dismiss this specific provision as unlikely to be implemented, it would be unwise to ignore the momentum that is building, says Gregory Hartker of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Privacy Settings Won't Keep Social Media Posts Out Of Court

    Robin Perkins

    A Florida appellate court recently upheld a lower court’s order compelling the plaintiff to produce photographs originally posted to her Facebook page. This ruling in Nucci v. Target Corp. adds to the growing body of law holding that data and information posted on social media websites is not subject to special protection, say Robin Perkins and Casey Perkins of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • 2 Delaware Cases May Slow Appraisal Arbitrage Momentum

    Mark D. Gerstein

    Two appraisal cases out of Delaware involving CKx Inc. and mark an important judicial response to the recent spike in “appraisal arbitrage,” which may effectively subdue the rise of this practice. The scope of these decisions, however, should not be overstated, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • What Amazon Giveaway Means For Sweepstakes Laws

    S. Gale Dick

    Having radically reshaped publishing, retail and digital content, Amazon in February showed its intent to do the same to sweepstakes. Yet Amazon Giveaway's rules are notable in that they eschew many of the precautions taken by promoters of nationwide sweepstakes concerned with running afoul of antiquated state lottery laws, say attorneys with Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Regulations — What Lies Ahead?

    John Beahn

    If allowed to stand, the Federal Communications Commission's revised network neutrality regulations will have far-reaching implications for the telecommunications, media, content, Internet and technology industries. One of the first decisions that net neutrality opponents will need to make is whether to seek a judicial stay of the order and the regulations, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Seems Skeptical Of DOL Intern Test

    Robert S. Whitman

    While it is premature to draw conclusions from oral argument in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. and Xuedan Wang v. Hearst Corp., the Second Circuit hinted that the U.S. Department of Labor's six-factor test for internship status is overly rigid and focused on the utility of an alternate test to determine whether an internship primarily benefits the intern or the employer, say Robert Whitman and Adam Smiley of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • 2 Years Of Clapper: Takeaways From 12 Data Breach Cases

    Andrew Hoffman

    Feb. 26 marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA. Federal district courts in at least 12 data breach cases have applied Clapper, and while the majority have concluded that Clapper mandates dismissal for a lack of standing, some courts have found that standing exists, says Andrew Hoffman of InfoLawGroup LLP.