A Davis & Gilbert LLP attorney specializing in licensing matters for the game industry has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC as head of its interactive entertainment group, the firm said Tuesday.
Employment law firm Jackson Lewis LLP has added a former Caesars Entertainment Corp. in-house counsel to the firm's Los Angeles office, the firm announced Monday.
Jenner & Block LLP has brought over a veteran entertainment industry attorney and recent U.S. Supreme Court champion to boost its media and entertainment capabilities in its Washington office, it announced Monday.
Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday that a transactional attorney from boutique entertainment law firm Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselas PC has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its New York office.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has recruited one of London’s leading entertainment attorneys from Olswang LLP to serve in O'Melveny’s entertainment, sports and media practice.
Sony Corp. of America has promoted its senior vice president for legal affairs, Mark E. Khalil, to general counsel, and its senior vice president for finance, Steven E. Kober, to chief financial officer, it announced Tuesday.
Haynes and Boone LLP has strengthened its intellectual property capabilities in Austin, Texas, with the addition of a pair of leading media and entertainment lawyers from Sedgwick LLP, the firm announced Monday.
Federal Communications Commission general counsel Austin Schlick will step down from the post in mid-June and be replaced by his current deputy, Sean Lev, the regulator said Friday.
While rival firms continued to walk off with lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Wednesday, the recent shake-ups at the shattered firm were blamed for Dewey falling behind on fee filings in the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy.
Ifrah Law PLLC has picked up a former Thompson Hine LLP partner with expertise on privacy, e-commerce and media matters, the Washington-based firm announced Monday.
Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP has bolstered its entertainment practice in Los Angeles with the addition of a partner specializing in intellectual property and business litigation from Weingarten Brown LLP, the firm said Friday.
Jackson Lewis LLP has brought aboard the former head of the National Hockey League Players' Association, who is a seasoned white collar and sports law attorney, to boost the firm's offerings to clients in the professional and collegiate athletics industries in its Boston office, it said last week.
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. on Wednesday announced several promotions and appointments for its legal team, reinforcing its staff in Washington and Los Angeles.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has snagged a transactional attorney specializing in financing for films and other entertainment industry ventures from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, boosting its Los Angeles office, the firm announced on Monday.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has snagged from Dickstein Shapiro LLP a partner with expertise in handling transactional matters for the broadcasting and telecommunication industries, boosting its Washington office, the firm said on March 26.
Through her work for clients like eBay Inc. and Procter & Gamble, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Randi Singer has earned a reputation as a go-to attorney for copyright and Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, earning her a spot among Law360's five rising media and entertainment stars under 40.
Behind Fox Broadcasting Co.’s successful defeat of sweeping document requests by former college athletes in a contentious antitrust fight was Jenner & Block LLP’s David Singer, selected as one of Law360’s five rising media and entertainment law stars under 40 for his role in distribution and liability cases that have shaped an industry transformed by technology.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP partner James Sammataro has scored big for several clients, including securing a $7.5 million settlement for the bankruptcy trustee for the estate of boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman in a contract and copyright suit over the MTV show “Making the Band,” earning him a spot among Law360's five rising media and entertainment law stars under 40.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Nancy Bruington has helped Hollywood studios secure fleeting financing and negotiated complex deals, including advising on the two-picture adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," earning her a place among Law360's five rising media and entertainment law stars under 40.
Reed Smith LLP’s Tom Ara has represented several Chinese investors financing Hollywood films and worked on Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s $2.3 billion purchase of a media company, nabbing him a spot among Law360's rising media and entertainment stars under 40.
Unfortunately, the credentials normally supplied by Big Law firms in beauty contests simply do not tell in-house counsel what they really want to know. Without discounting the difficulty of obtaining helpful information from candidates for outside counsel, there is one question that may be useful for in-house counsel to pose, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Capitol Records v. Vimeo in the Southern District of New York highlights some of the challenges that streaming media services face as the body of case law develops regarding Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor protection. Although courts are refining the law, many of the standards employed remain vague, and therefore, dangerous and potentially costly, say Justin Pierce and Matthew Farley of Venable LLP.
In addition to the impact California's new privacy law will have on businesses whose websites, online services or applications are directed to or used by minors residing in California, the law may also influence the debate over, and development of, new privacy laws and regulations protecting children in other states and at the federal level, say Paul Martino and Claire Lucy Readhead of Alston & Bird LLP.
Companies in the hospitality industry have been reported to be the no. 1 targets for computer hackers and other thieves of electronic data. A smart blend of careful contracting, insurance coverage, due diligence and follow-up with employees can assist greatly in reducing the risks associated with data security breaches, say Joshua Gold and Marshall Gilinsky of Anderson Kill PC.
All social media promotions — even those with minor prizes — should be scrutinized for legal compliance and be accompanied by written rules to provide clarity to entrants and maximum legal protection to promotion sponsors, say Matthew Liebson and Darcy Brosky of Thompson Hine LLP.
Had emotion led to a verdict finding concert promoter AEG Live LLC liable for Michael Jackson's death, the law regarding the tort of negligent hiring and supervision would be left in a state of disarray, says Ryan Kerns of Wild About Trial.
President Obama seems to be of the view that if law school were reduced to two years, students would incur two-thirds of the expense of attending law school, be burdened by two-thirds of the debt they currently have, and be generally economically better off than they are today after three years of law school. Most startling about the president’s proposal, however, is that he did not discuss the educational effect of his suggestion on the students or the effect on their clients, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
When it comes to preventing cyberattacks, the U.S. government can’t protect its own networks, let alone those of large law firms. And when it comes to deterring and punishing intruders, our government offers even less. We have to do more than play defense. We didn’t reduce street crime by requiring pedestrians to buy better body armor every year, says Stewart Baker, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In a helpful decision for online publishers of rankings and ratings, the Sixth Circuit held that a travel website’s annual top 10 list of the dirtiest hotels in the U.S., based on data compiled from its users’ reviews, was subjective opinion that did not give rise to a defamation claim. But the prospect remains that, in some situations, a website can lose protection by crossing the line into creating its own content, say James Rosenfeld and Samuel Bayard of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
The recent Southern District of New York decision in Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation has potential implications for the interpretation of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code. And it comes at a time when other attempts to avoid the reach of Section 546(e) or related statutes are pending before various courts — such as the lawsuit brought by the litigation trustee in the Lyondell Chemical Company bankruptcy and the lawsuit brought by the SemGroup Litigation Trust, say attorneys with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.