Media & Entertainment

  • December 17, 2014

    $75M NCAA Concussion Settlement Rejected By Judge

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday rejected a $75 million settlement to resolve lawsuits brought by ex-NCAA athletes claiming they have suffered long-term damage from concussions, telling parties to resume negotiations because he has concerns about the fairness of the deal.

  • December 17, 2014

    Fox Can't End Directors' Home-Video Profits Class Action

    A California judge on Wednesday rejected Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.’s bid for a quick win in a putative class action alleging it withheld home-video profits from directors of old Hollywood movies, ruling class representative Mark Rydell has standing even if his film is unprofitable by Fox’s calculation.

  • December 17, 2014

    CNN, Others Denied Copy Of Steve Jobs Depo In Apple Case

    A California federal judge on Wednesday blocked Cable News Network Inc. and other media outlets from obtaining a video deposition from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs after it was played for the jury earlier this month in the $351 million iTunes antitrust class action trial.

  • December 17, 2014

    Ex-Prenda Atty Now Suing Over Disability Discrimination

    One of the attorneys linked to “copyright troll” Prenda Law is now suing a slew of local businesses in Minnesota over alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and court records indicate the actions have already caught the attention of one local judge.

  • December 17, 2014

    NHL Owner Unveils $1B Plan To Revamp Tampa's Waterfront

    The owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday unveiled his long-awaited “vision plan” to transform Tampa, Florida's waterfront district, presenting plans for a $1 billion mix of development on more than 30 acres of property he has amassed in the city's downtown.

  • December 17, 2014

    Chancery Fast-Tracks Suit Seeking Receiver For Caesars Unit

    A Delaware Chancery judge agreed Wednesday to fast-track a lawsuit lodged by senior creditors of a Caesars Entertainment Corp. subsidiary seeking to have a receiver appointed to oversee the casino giant's main operating unit, whose management the lenders accuse of “brazen corporate looting.”

  • December 17, 2014

    NJ Lawmaker Wants Atlantic City Casino Tax Plan Scrapped

    A new plan announced on Wednesday by New Jersey Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, to freeze Atlantic City taxes on all taxable property for five years would eliminate a recently proposed plan by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester, to help the city’s eight casinos.

  • December 17, 2014

    9th Circ. Won't Revive IGT Stock Drop Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a derivative suit accusing International Game Technology's board of causing an 84 percent stock drop by lying about the company’s health, finding that it made the same claims as four other derivative suits that were also tossed.

  • December 17, 2014

    Fla. High Court Asked To Revisit Gambling Permit Ruling

    The Florida Supreme Court has been asked to rehear a case challenging as a special law a 2010 statute allowing the conversion of certain gambling permits, with the appellees saying they believe the court misapplied its existing standards and overlooked some factual issues.

  • December 17, 2014

    NY Gaming Board OKs 3 Casino Bids, With Shock Exclusions

    A New York State Gaming Commission advisory board recommended Wednesday that the commission grant licenses to three upstate casino resort bidders, but dropped a bombshell when it failed to advance any of the proposed bids in Orange County, the closest to the coveted New York City market.

  • December 17, 2014

    Chanos Beats Wynn Resorts' FCPA Defamation Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed casino mogul Steve Wynn’s defamation suit accusing short-seller James Chanos of saying at an invitation-only journalism conference that Wynn violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, ruling Chanos' opinions about casinos in Macau were much vaguer than that.

  • December 16, 2014

    Artists Urge 9th Circ. To Rescue Calif. Resale Royalty Law

    Visual artists seeking royalties on resale of their works by Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to restore California’s Resale Royalties Act and revive their class actions, saying the statute doesn’t violate the federal Commerce Clause.

  • December 16, 2014

    Armed With Alice Ammo, Netflix Calls Rovi Patents Invalid

    Netflix Inc. asked a California federal judge Monday to throw out patent infringement claims made by Rovi Corp. over its interactive channel guide technology and other software, saying the patents fail the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice test.

  • December 16, 2014

    MMA Fighters Clobber UFC With Monopoly Class Action

    Current and former mixed martial arts fighters hit the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a multimillion-dollar putative class action in California federal court Tuesday, alleging the company maintains a stranglehold on the MMA market, has systemically choked out rival promoters and is blocking fighters from higher earnings.

  • December 16, 2014

    Federal Judge Kills Fla. Bar's New Atty Ad Guidelines

    A federal judge has overturned The Florida Bar's guidelines banning references to past results in state lawyers' television, radio and billboard advertisements, determining the ads are protected First Amendment speech and the bar failed to demonstrate that the rules advance a substantial governmental interest.

  • December 16, 2014

    Blackstone Commits $294M Toward Singaporean RE Assets

    A Blackstone Group LP fund is investing SG$367 million (US$294 million) as part of a SG$1.5 billion investment in hotel, retail and residential properties on an island off the coast of Singapore, Blackstone announced Tuesday.

  • December 16, 2014

    Networks Slam Aereo's Plans To Shop Infringing IP

    Broadcast networks that persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to shut down television streaming service Aereo Inc. objected on Monday to the bankrupt startup’s plans to sell its technology, saying that they could be left unable to collect on an impending copyright damages award.

  • December 16, 2014

    FINRA In No Playing Mood With Toys R Us Research Case

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority sent Wall Street on an unpleasant trip down memory lane last week when it sanctioned 10 banks for breaking research analyst rules put in place after a scandal a decade ago, but some attorneys say the enforcement actions go beyond what many thought were the rules of the road.

  • December 16, 2014

    Facebook Privacy Policy Changes Draw Dutch Investigation

    The Dutch Data Protection Authority on Tuesday urged Facebook Inc. to delay the implementation of revisions to the way the site handles users' personal data and photos until the regulator can complete a probe into the planned privacy policy changes.

  • December 16, 2014

    Ex-Employees Sue Sony Pictures For Not Preventing Breach

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was hit in California federal court Monday with the first proposed class action over the recent data breach at the company, a situation that former employees claim is “better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life.”

Expert Analysis

  • What Happens When Legal Aid Cuts Stimulate Pro Bono?

    Kevin J. Curnin

    The bad news coming out of the European Pro Bono Summit in November was the rising toll of heavy cuts to public legal aid in England. From this crossroad, there is a lot to be learned about the relationship between public and private assistance, the direction of legal help for the poor in the EU, and whether the American legal aid/pro bono experience offers a road map for what’s next in Europe, says Kevin Curnin of the Association ... (continued)

  • Shifting Injunction Standards In Copyright, Trademark Cases

    Eleanor Lackman

    In 2015, the copyright or trademark litigator will need to keep an eye on the courts as they continue to tell us what it takes to win or defeat an injunction in a copyright or trademark case in the post-eBay world, says Eleanor Lackman of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.

  • Another Big Year For ITC: Top 12 Section 337 Highlights

    Shara Aranoff

    This year, the Federal Circuit agreed to reconsider its decision narrowing Section 337’s applicability to induced infringement, as the U.S. International Trade Commission held onto its jurisdiction over standard-essential patents and confirmed its ability to reach digital imports. Meanwhile, the ITC took steps toward better exclusion order enforcement, even as it stayed a remedial order pending appeal for the first time, says Shara... (continued)

  • Is Jury’s Verdict In IPod Antitrust Litigation Irrelevant?

    Daniel Ferrel McInnis

    The iPod antitrust trial proceeded to a verdict Tuesday in Apple Inc.’s favor, despite the lack of an actual plaintiff. This class action presents the stark contrast between the broad discretion of courts to organize and manage cases, especially complicated ones, against the federal courts’ limited power to hear cases as cabined by the Article III standing requirement of the Constitution, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Hiring Appellate Counsel

    David Axelrad

    In the classic case, a client and his attorney seek appellate counsel after the trial court proceedings are concluded. But these days, “classic cases” are few and far between — more and more, appellate lawyers assist in the trial court with preservation of the appellate record and compliance with the many technical rules of appellate procedure, says David Axelrad of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • High Court Clarifies What Is Compensable Work Time

    Neal Mollen

    In addition to resolving the specific security-screening question, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk narrows the range of activities that might be considered compensable and provides needed clarity for employers in determining the limits of their obligations under federal law, say Neal Mollen and Aaron Ver of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • You Don’t Get 3 Strikes When Filing A Complaint

    L. John Bird

    A Delaware bankruptcy court judge's recent ruling in the Tropicana Entertainment bankruptcy illustrates the importance of providing all the necessary details and required allegations in a complaint, particularly if the court has already provided you with one "do-over," says John Bird of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

    Ty E. Howard

    Ample literature exists on how to conduct an effective internal investigation and best practices in doing so. Far less common, but equally important, are the questions a company’s decision-makers — whether a CEO, compliance officer or in-house counsel — should ask before the investigation begins, says Ty Howard, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and former federal and state prosecutor.

  • 10 Steps To A FINRA-Compliant Social Media Policy

    Michael R. Manley

    One of the challenges with social media is that most networks offer both static displayed content — e.g., a blog posting — and interactive communication features — e.g., real-time communications from third-party end users. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules treat these two functions differently, say attorneys with Venable LLP.

  • What Lawyer-Novelists Learned From Being Lawyers

    Michael H. Rubin

    The consensus that emerged from my discussions with several lawyers who have become best-selling novelists is that the traits it takes to be a great lawyer are invaluable in crafting first-rate mysteries and thrillers. Both thriller authors and lawyers possess a concentrated attention to detail that allows them to create a logical framework for their story, brief or courtroom presentation, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.