Media & Entertainment

  • January 19, 2018

    Record Cos. Sue Music App Over 'Massive' Infringement

    Sony, Warner Bros. and other major labels repped by the Record Industry Association of America hurled copyright claims against Fit Radio LLC in Georgia federal court on Thursday, alleging that the music app is committing "massive scale" infringement.

  • January 19, 2018

    Fla. Atty In Allied Veterans Gambling Case Wins Costs

    Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a Jacksonville attorney, whose conviction for helping a purported charity run a $300 million illegal gambling ring was overturned, is entitled to collect costs under state law because the state declined to pursue further prosecution.

  • January 19, 2018

    'Jersey Shore' Star, Brother Plead Guilty To Tax Charges

    Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, a performer on the defunct reality TV series “Jersey Shore,” and his brother Marc Sorrentino copped to tax-related charges Friday in New Jersey federal court, with the television personality’s attorney later saying that he hopes to stay out of prison.

  • January 19, 2018

    Feds, Wis. Tribe Stand By BIA Gaming Compact Decision

    The federal government and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin told a D.C. federal court Thursday that a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision rejecting an amendment to the Forest County Potawatomi Community gambling compact should stand, saying the change improperly protects the Potawatomi’s revenue at the former’s expense.

  • January 19, 2018

    Media Groups Fight To Undo FCC Ownership Deregulation

    Two media organizations have launched a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation of its broadcast media ownership rules, telling the Third Circuit that the agency slashed important diversity safeguards without ample justification.

  • January 19, 2018

    Brand Battles: Green Bay Packers Tackle 'Titletown' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Green Bay Packers grapple with a newspaper giant over the nickname "Titletown," Sonic Drive-In tries to stop a craft brewer's "Sonic" cocktail, and Iceland protects its name against an unauthorized vodka brand.

  • January 19, 2018

    FCC Urged To Cut Siting Fees For Tribal Broadband

    A telecom lobbying group has urged the Federal Communications Commission to rein in charges for siting procedures for broadband infrastructure on tribal lands, saying the fees are a barrier to development.

  • January 19, 2018

    Los Angeles Times Staff Vote 248-44 To Join Union

    Newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times voted decidedly to unionize, with a final tally of 288-44, the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America announced Friday, marking the first time in the newspaper's 136-year history that its journalists have voted to form a union.

  • January 19, 2018

    BoingBoing Owner Wants Out Of Playboy's Copyright Suit

    The owner of online news site BoingBoing urged a California federal court Thursday to toss Playboy’s copyright infringement suit over a story that linked to a slideshow of every centerfold the men’s magazine ever published, saying that linking to others’ content isn’t against the law.

  • January 19, 2018

    Sony, Movie Producer Settle Suit Over 2014 Cyberattack

    The producer of the 2015 film "To Write Love On Her Arms" agreed to settle its breach of contract claims against Sony Pictures over the leak of its film to the public in the wake of the 2014 Sony cyberattack.

  • January 18, 2018

    Fired ‘Walking Dead’ Producer Sues AMC Again, Seeks $10M

    A former producer of AMC’s hit television show “The Walking Dead” sued the network Thursday in New York state court for a second time, accusing it of hiding evidence in his first suit and asking for at least $10 million in damages following an audit of its accounting.

  • January 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: CBS, FirstCaribbean, Boeing

    CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves is eyeing deal options that don’t include Viacom Inc., Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce wants its FirstCaribbean to boast a $1.4 billion value, and Boeing is working to assuage Brazilian government concerns related to its bid for plane maker Embraer SA.

  • January 18, 2018

    Fox Seeks To Toss 'Gone Girl' Infringement Suit

    Twentieth Century Fox asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a suit brought by a screenwriter who alleges the studio’s hit 2014 film “Gone Girl” infringed upon her work and that the author of the book the movie was based on had also copied from her.

  • January 18, 2018

    Strip Club Can’t Enforce 'Sham' Arbitration Pacts: 4th Circ.

    A South Carolina strip club can’t force dancers who opted into a minimum wage and overtime collective action to arbitrate their claims, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday, saying the club only tried to enforce "sham" arbitration agreements after coming up short in court.

  • January 18, 2018

    GM Says Car Entertainment Systems Not Recording Devices

    General Motors told a D.C. federal court Wednesday that its in-vehicle entertainment systems don’t qualify as digital recording devices that would require it to pay royalties for songs copied onto the systems’ hard drives, with the Alliance of Artists and Recording Cos. responding that “the facts on the record” say otherwise.

  • January 18, 2018

    NLRB Defends Vegas Show Retaliation Finding To DC Circ.

    The National Labor Relations Board urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to uphold its finding that a Las Vegas show production company unlawfully retaliated against a dancer for engaging in protected speech by refusing to renew her contract, saying the company failed to adequately support its claim that a bad attitude and poor performance cost the dancer her job.

  • January 18, 2018

    Claims In Twitter, Instagram $5.3M Privacy Deal Flagged

    A California federal judge on Wednesday referred to prosecutors potential instances of fraud stemming from a $5.3 million settlement tech giants like Twitter and Instagram struck to resolve claims of privacy violations, based on a report from the class action settlement administrator who flagged as suspicious nearly 6,000 claims. 

  • January 18, 2018

    Disney Keeps AIG Dispute Over 'Pink Slime' In Arbitration

    A California federal judge Thursday stuck with his decision to allow Disney to arbitrate with AIG over $25 million in coverage toward a settlement with a beef products company over an ABC report on “pink slime,” shooting down the insurer’s bid to vacate his earlier decision.

  • January 18, 2018

    Google Rules Undercut Decency Law Immunity, D.C. Circ. Told

    The owner of a D.C.-based sportswear retailer urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to revive her $5 million suit against Google over allegedly defamatory blog posts hosted by the web giant, saying Google abandoned its immunity under the Communications Decency Act by failing to enforce its own content standards and keeping the blog online.

  • January 18, 2018

    4th Circ. Formally Tosses Redskins Trademark Ruling

    Seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively decided the case, the Fourth Circuit on Thursday vacated an earlier decision that revoked the Washington Redskins’ trademark registrations.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    An Important Evidentiary Issue In The ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal

    Richard Busch

    The "Blurred Lines" verdict on copyright infringement and the district court’s decision sustaining that verdict were not at all surprising, decided in conformity with well-established Ninth Circuit precedent. However, there was an evidentiary decision that, if it stands on appeal, could have far-reaching implications for future cases, says Richard Busch of King & Ballow, who represents the Gaye family in this case.

  • Key Takeaways From FTC’s VTech Privacy Enforcement

    Behnam Dayanim

    Up close, the Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with VTech is significant because it is the first children’s privacy case that involves internet-connected toys. But taking a step back, this action is just the latest in a string of recent regulatory pronouncements related to the internet of things and related corporate cybersecurity practices, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Legal Case Against Weinstein’s Suppression Efforts

    Lynne Bernabei

    A recent lawsuit in the Southern District of New York alleged a criminal conspiracy to stop disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s victims from coming forward. Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. may have grounds to look behind the veil of attorney-client privilege at communications between Weinstein and lawyer David Boies, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • Structuring Unpaid Internships After Wang V. Hearst

    Michael Pepperman

    The Second Circuit's recent decision in Wang v. Hearst Corporation, coupled with a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor, demonstrates that the flexible, multifactor “primary beneficiary” test for unpaid interns established in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures is now easier for employers to satisfy, say Michael Pepperman and Ivo Becica of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • 5 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jason Gordon

    Legal and technological disruptions in the advertising space last year outpaced the development of prior years. Although many topics contributed to this industry upheaval, there are five trends that shaped 2017 and will continue to develop in the coming years, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. And Copyright: 5 Things To Know

    David Kluft

    Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, marking what would have been the 89th birthday of the great civil rights leader and Baptist minister. Although copyright is not — and should not be — the first thing that comes to mind when we think of King, his legacy's impact on copyright law ought to be somewhere on the list, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Global Perspectives On High Court Microsoft Warrant Case

    Heather Sussman

    Several foreign governments and other international authorities recently weighed in on the Microsoft overseas-data case. The amicus briefs underscore the important implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision for global data transfers and international users’ privacy, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.