Media & Entertainment

  • March 22, 2017

    Hollywood Reporter Freelancers Get OK For $900K Wage Deal

    A California judge on Wednesday approved a $900,000 deal by The Hollywood Reporter’s parent company to end claims that it misclassified freelance content producers as independent contractors instead of employees, saying the deal, which will pay class members almost $15,000 on average, is fair, reasonable and adequate.

  • March 22, 2017

    Marketing Co. Says It's The Victim In Spamming Accusations

    A Washington-state-based marketing firm that made headlines earlier this month when a known security researcher alleged it was operating a massive, illegal spam operation involving 1.4 billion email accounts filed a lawsuit Tuesday contending it was actually the victim of an elaborate setup involving a cyberattack.

  • March 22, 2017

    Martha Stewart Suit May Yield New Case Law, Judge Says

    New case law could get cobbled together from arguments over public investor claims that domestic guru Martha Stewart got an unfair share of her company’s $353 million sale to Sequential Brands Group Inc. in late 2015, a Delaware vice chancellor said late Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Rodale Settles Copyright Row With Dad Who Streamed Birth

    Publishing giant Rodale Inc. has struck a confidential settlement with a California man who filed copyright infringement claims after the company used video footage he inadvertently posted on Facebook of his son’s birth, according to a filing in New York federal court Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Law Profs Back Bid To Unseal $500M Oculus Case Transcript

    In the aftermath of a $500 million verdict against the virtual reality company Oculus, two law professors and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday requested that a Texas federal court unseal portions of the trial transcript related to the jury’s finding of copyright infringement.

  • March 22, 2017

    Walters Jury Hears 'Bat Phone' For Prostitutes, Not Trades

    A defense team seeking to clear gambler Billy Walters of insider trading began a no-holds-barred cross-examination Wednesday of former Dean Foods chair Tom Davis, showing a Manhattan federal jury records of calls the star government witness made to escort services across the country.

  • March 22, 2017

    Jared Leto Asks 9th Circ. To Revive TMZ Swift Video Suit

    Singer and actor Jared Leto’s production company asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to toss out a lower court’s ruling dismissing his copyright infringement suit against TMZ, saying the videographer behind a clip of him criticizing Taylor Swift didn’t have the right to sell the clip.

  • March 22, 2017

    Justices Told Law Nixing Tribal Casino Suit Is Constitutional

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a petition by a Michigan man seeking to revive his challenge to a tribal casino project near his land, saying a federal law enacted to block suits opposing the project isn’t unconstitutional.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ex-ESPN Pundit's 'Venus Williams' Suit Heads To State Court

    A former ESPN announcer’s suit claiming he was wrongly fired by the network and two executives for his misinterpreted “guerrilla” comment about Venus Williams' game manner will bounce back to state court after a California federal judge ruled Tuesday that ESPN didn’t establish the executives' Connecticut residency for invoking diversity jurisdiction.

  • March 22, 2017

    Calif. County Says DOI Took Liberties With Casino Land Ruling

    A California county urged the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to overturn a lower court ruling backing the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to take land into trust for the Mechoopda Indian Tribe’s proposed casino, saying the department ignored evidence that didn’t jibe with its intention to approve the project.

  • March 22, 2017

    2nd Circ. Panel Upholds Louis CK's Loss In Pension Row

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed a district court decision that put Louis C.K.’s production company on the hook for unpaid contributions to union-affiliated pension and health plans for the comedian’s work editing his FX series “Louie,” saying the company agreed to be bound by agreements that impose special contribution obligations.

  • March 22, 2017

    Former Exotic Dancer Hits Club Chain With Wage Suit

    The Spearmint Rhino group of nightclubs was hit Tuesday in California federal court with a putative class action by a former dancer who asserts she wasn't paid any salary by the club for her work there and only received compensation in the form of tips.

  • March 22, 2017

    Texas Court Tosses Doc’s Defamation Suit Against Cox Media

    A doctor alleging that Cox Media Group's Austin American-Statesman newspaper defamed him in a report about his prescribing opioids to three patients who later died of drug overdoses didn't show that the article was false, and therefore his suit must be dismissed, a Texas appellate court held Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Telemundo Worker Says He's Owed Unpaid Wages

    A former Telemundo employee slapped the media company with a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action Tuesday, alleging he is owed unpaid wages and was fired for complaining when he wasn't paid for overtime work.

  • March 21, 2017

    Facebook Wants 9th Circ.'s Take On TCPA In Spam Text Row

    Facebook pressed for permission Tuesday to appeal to the Ninth Circuit a ruling upholding claims that it sent unsolicited “status update” messages to cellphones, arguing the decision raised questions about what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and whether the statute passes constitutional muster.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Lists Years Of Insider Tips To Gambler

    New York federal prosecutors in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters led their star witness, a former Dean Foods chairman and current government cooperator, through his litany of shame as he told the jury he had tipped inside information to Walters so many times that he couldn’t count.

  • March 21, 2017

    FCC Urged To Recognize Special Access Competition

    CenturyLink Inc. and Frontier Communications Corp. pressed the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to find that older carriers in the market for business data services do not dominate it and to establish a “level playing field” that recognizes competitive realities.

  • March 21, 2017

    Gamer Can't Revive Suit Over In-App 'Gambling' At 4th Circ.

    A Maryland woman can't sue the makers of the "Game of War" mobile game under a state gambling losses law, the Fourth Circuit has ruled, saying the losses at issue involved virtual, not real money.

  • March 21, 2017

    Family Lands Jury Win In Tax Suit Over $40M Cable Co. Sale

    A Kentucky federal jury sided with a family suing the IRS to recover $15 million in alleged tax overpayments and civil tax evasion penalties, finding on Monday that the family had reasonably relied on professional tax advice involving the sale of its cable company.

  • March 21, 2017

    Universal Guts $5M Suit Over ‘Out Of Africa’ Profits

    A California judge on Tuesday tossed fraud and other claims from a suit alleging Universal Studios inflated costs for the 1985 film “Out of Africa” to avoid paying a producer $5 million-plus, sparing a contract claim while warning that the statute of limitations could severely limit any recovery.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • How A Tweet With No Words Could Impact NY Labor Law

    Laurent S. Drogin

    When now-former New York Post writer Bart Hubbuch sued his former employer for firing him over a tweet last month, he roused Section 201-d of the New York Labor Law from its slumber. Few employers are likely aware this law exists and it remains to be seen whether media attention from this case will motivate attorneys who represent employees to add the law to their toolbox, says Laurent Drogin of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • The Legalization Of Sports Betting: Lessons From Nevada

    Dennis Gutwald

    For now, Nevada operators have a monopoly on legal sports betting while other states are faced with prohibition. With the increasing likelihood that sports betting soon will be legalized in many states, there are five key things to know about Nevada’s success, says Dennis Gutwald of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.

  • Gorsuch's Originalism In The Age Of Bytes And Blockchains

    April Doss

    With U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch kicking off this week, it’s worth considering how his originalist philosophy might affect cases addressing individual privacy, government surveillance and private sector use of rapidly changing technologies. When people need practical solutions to legal questions at the intersection of modern technology, privacy and the law, originalism frequently fails, says April Doss... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • FCC Takes A Backseat In Regulating Online Privacy

    Adrienne Ehrhardt

    Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission stayed the data security regulation piece of its broadband privacy order, a joint resolution of Congress proposed to repeal the entire order. Despite this rollback on FCC regulation of internet privacy, the FCC may still have a role in cybersecurity regulation outside the online space, say Adrienne Ehrhardt and Michelle Dama of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • 'March Madness' Trademark Tips And Traps

    Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

    As the nation’s major college basketball tournament kicks off on Tuesday, the debate continues as to whether and to what extent the NCAA has the right to engage in rigorous trademark policing efforts when the use of "March Madness" is informational rather than suggesting some official connection or sponsorship, say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Alexander Fleisher of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.