A New York federal judge gave final approval on Friday to $95 million in settlements between a group of book publishers, the federal government and a proposed consumer class to resolve e-book price-fixing claims.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court said Friday it would not allow an expedited appeal of a decision reinstating Philadelphia Inquirer’s top editor after ruling that he’d been fired in violation of a governance agreement giving control over personnel moves to the owners of the paper’s parent company.
The New York Post has settled a former associate editor's claims that the newspaper's work environment was rife with sexist and racist conduct, according to a stipulation filed Thursday.
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued an import ban Friday on products from Monsoon Multimedia Inc. and C2 Microsystems Inc. that it found to violate video "place shifting" patents held by Sling Media Inc., maker of the TV streaming device Slingbox.
Former WNBA player for the Connecticut Suns Adrienne Johnson cannot bring a workers' compensation suit in California for injuries suffered during her playing career because she did not suffer a specific injury in the state and only played one game there, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The Second Circuit on Thursday killed a failed magazine advertising research firm’s antitrust suit claiming one-time rival GfK Mediamark Research & Intelligence LLC drove it out of business, finding no strong evidence of predatory pricing or attempted market monopolization.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow Sirius XM Radio Inc. to move a $100 million putative class action alleging it illegally played songs recorded before 1972, finding the broadcaster hadn’t sufficiently argued in favor of transferring the suit to New York.
A Minnesota federal judge on Monday granted the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians’ motion for entry of final judgment against Money Centers America Inc. in a suit over outstanding advances for casino patrons, ordering MCA and affiliates to pay more than $5.6 million.
The co-owner of several large-scale aquariums was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday by a Florida federal judge after pleading guilty to conspiring to illegally transport and sell exotic fish, including sharks, that were wrongfully harvested from state waters.
An Illinois federal judge last week became the latest to attack now-defunct so-called porn troll Prenda Law for its notorious campaign of porn-linked copyright litigation, hitting the company with massive new fines for dragging Comcast and AT&T into court on “baseless” claims.
A New Jersey federal judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement on Tuesday in a putative class action brought against Live Nation Inc. by ticket purchasers accusing the company of charging various mandatory ticket fees in violation of state law.
A California federal judge denied most of MediaNet Digital Inc.’s motion to dismiss Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aimee Mann's copyright infringement suit, holding Wednesday that the at-issue license agreement doesn’t apply to songs that were not “first made available” during its term.
A Ninth Circuit panel forced arbitration of customers’ claims that DirecTV Inc. did not properly disclose its early cancellation fees, ruling Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court's Concepcion decision prevented plaintiffs from blocking DirecTV’s arbitration policy.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday reversed a ruling that temporarily barred a Las Vegas concert promoter from using “The Platters” name in tribute concerts, but also rejected the promoter's arguments that the successor interests of Platters singer Herb Reed abandoned the right to use the trademark years ago.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday tossed an indie filmmaker’s copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.’s planned adaptation of a novel has the same name and plot as a movie he’s been working on, finding the filmmaker didn't demonstrate substantial similarity.
A Texas federal judge on Tuesday shot down a bid by three movie studios to recover attorneys' fees and costs on behalf of Haynes and Boone LLP in a suit brought by a comic book artist alleging the film “Cowboys & Aliens” copied his work.
New York's court of last resort on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of the Russian American Foundation Inc.'s libel suit against Daily News LP after lower courts held that the paper was merely reporting on a judicial proceeding when it allegedly tied the nonprofit to bribes taken by now-jailed state Sen. Carl Kruger.
A New Jersey appellate panel rejected challenges filed by four parolees against the state’s Parole Board, ruling Tuesday that the board’s permanent restriction on their access to social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn properly balances their constitutional rights and the community’s safety.
A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday tossed a $120 million defamation suit against Esquire Magazine Inc. over a blog post mocking a book that alleged President Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen, ruling the article was fully protected political satire.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young’s bid to defeat a $1.8 million judgment awarded against him over an unpaid loan hit a roadblock Monday when a Texas appeals court declined to block collection efforts being pursued by Pro Player Funding LLC.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
The term of copyright in sound recordings and performers' rights has been extended in Europe from 50 to 70 years for sound recordings that were first released on or after Jan. 1, 1963. It seems likely that the new law will have at least some commercial impact once the interplay between a number of provisions meant to benefit performers have been subject to careful analysis, say Sarah Byrt and Daniel Gallagher of Mayer Brown LLP.
The stars of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" recently succeeded in convincing the California labor commissioner to side with them in a dispute against their former manager/producer. The case provides a valuable lesson for managers who have side agreements with others in connection with their clients’ projects, says David Mark of Buchalter Nemer PLC.
In the past few months, several courts have considered how U.S. state and federal laws apply to defamation claims over negative online reviews. As the resulting decisions demonstrate, the barriers to succeeding on such a claim are high, say Matt Kellogg and Simon Frankel of Covington & Burling LLP.
The recent California appeals court decision in GetFugu Inc. v. Patton Boggs LLP serves as a reminder that parties should refrain from attempting to litigate their case in the press or on social media, particularly if the statements are known to be false, or the veracity of such statements is not yet confirmed, say Mark Hansen and Robert Milligan of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Whether or not the significant changes to China's trademark laws can be practically implemented or lead to real change, China has taken a positive step toward recognizing and protecting intellectual property rights in a manner consistent with international norms, say Perry Viscounty and Jennifer Barry of Latham & Watkins LLP.
The aggressively regulatory approach under the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act ensures that the bill as a whole is not likely to become law. The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports Act, introduced in the Senate the same day, addresses sports blackouts and also is unlikely to move as a standalone bill, say Seth Davidson and Arthur Harding of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The Federal Communications Commission recently unanimously adopted a declaratory ruling granting a request by the Coalition for Broadcast Investment to relax a longstanding de facto cap on foreign investment in broadcast companies, which marks a significant shift in regulatory policy and, in turn, presents a significant business opportunity, says Mace Rosenstein of Covington & Burling LLP.
Picture this: A seller of goods is losing tens of millions of dollars per year on a requirements contract containing price caps that the parties have operated under for years. Given the Uniform Commercial Code and relevant case law, it would be natural — and completely logical — to accept the cogent authority establishing that rising costs are generally insufficient to invalidate a contract. I am betting that, in this case, the law will trick you, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been aggressively applied to issues or disputes that were not even conceived when the statute was enacted. However, as seen in United States v. Kane, there are limits to its application, says Jeffrey Neuburger of Proskauer Rose LLP.