Media & Entertainment

  • April 24, 2017

    Conservative Groups Sue Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Speech

    Two conservative youth groups accused University of California, Berkeley leadership of muzzling speakers who don’t align with liberal viewpoints when it canceled, then rescheduled Ann Coulter’s planned April 27 speech on campus, according to a suit lodged on Monday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Journalist Sues Tweeter Over Seizure-Inducing Online Attack

    The journalist who was sent a tweet that triggered an epileptic seizure in December filed suit against the alleged perpetrator in Maryland federal court Monday, shortly after the man was charged in Texas federal court with cyberstalking with the intent to kill or injure.

  • April 24, 2017

    SD Tribe Says It Doesn't Owe Contractor Tax To State

    The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe hit the governor of South Dakota and two other state officials with a complaint in federal court Friday, alleging that the state is illegally imposing a tax on construction work for an expansion of the tribe’s on-reservation casino.

  • April 24, 2017

    Gawker Defends Bid To Investigate Hulk Hogan's Backer

    Gawker Media LLC on Monday struck back against objections to its request for an investigation into whether its creditors are being funded by billionaire Peter Thiel, who funded the Hulk Hogan privacy lawsuit that brought about its demise, telling a New York bankruptcy judge the examination is entirely proper.

  • April 24, 2017

    Shell, Ralph Lauren, Ruth's Beat Del. Suit Over Gift Cards

    A Delaware state judge on Friday threw out the state’s accusations that Shell Oil Co., Ralph Lauren and Ruth’s Hospitality were trying to keep unclaimed gift card balances, finding the state had already brought identical claims against each company in administrative proceedings.

  • April 24, 2017

    NLRB Judge Says Hard Rock Employee Gave Up Right To Rep

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Friday ruled that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas did not illegally attempt to dissuade an employee from standing firm on his right to union representation during a disciplinary hearing, saying he voluntarily waived his right when he attended the proceedings.

  • April 24, 2017

    FCC Chairman Creates Diversity Advisory Committee

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Monday said that he will create a new advisory committee on “diversity and digital empowerment” to advise the agency on ways to push the participation of all in communications.

  • April 24, 2017

    Ex-Fox News Personality Says Network Hacked, Stalked Her

    Fox News hacked on-air personality Andrea Tantaros and employed an army of fake “sockpuppet” social media accounts to stalk her after she complained internally about sexual harassment by ex-network chairman Roger Ailes and newly ousted star Bill O’Reilly, Tantaros alleged Monday in New York federal court.

  • April 24, 2017

    'Mouse' Travel Agency Logo Not Linked To Disney, TTAB Says

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled Friday that the name and logo of a travel agency called Me and The Mouse Travel can be registered as a trademark, reversing an examiner's decision that the design would falsely suggest a connection to The Walt Disney Co.

  • April 24, 2017

    Post-Auction Transition Shouldn't Harm Consumers, FCC Told

    The National Association of Broadcasters has returned to the Federal Communications Commission to make its case for a careful transition after the airwaves auction, saying the agency shouldn’t be locked in by decisions made by previous FCC leadership, according to a filing made public Friday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Ex-Disney Workers' ERISA Suit Over Valeant Shares Gets Boot

    A California federal judge on Friday dismissed a putative class action by former employees of The Walt Disney Co. who alleged that an investment plan violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by including a fund that invested in now-embattled Valeant, saying the suit fell short in establishing a breach of fiduciary duty.

  • April 24, 2017

    Streaming Giant Netflix Looks To Raise $1.1B In Debt

    Netflix Inc. said Monday it will raise €1 billion ($1.08 billion) through a private debt offering outside the United States, continuing a borrowing spree that could help the video streaming giant beef up its growing stack of content offerings.

  • April 24, 2017

    10th Circ. Upholds NM Challenge To DOI Tribal Gaming Regs

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that favors New Mexico in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, holding that federal gaming regulations are invalid and the interior secretary can’t act on the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s request to conduct gambling without a compact.

  • April 24, 2017

    DHS Probes Abuse Of Power In Anti-Trump Tweeter Summons

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said Friday that he is investigating whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection abused its authority by issuing a summons to Twitter that sought the identity of the user behind an anonymous account critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

  • April 24, 2017

    'Hamilton' Ponzi Case Target Fights Requirement To File Reply

    The battle continued Friday over how a New York federal court should stay a civil suit against two men accused of duping investors with a $97 million Ponzi scheme involving ticket resales to the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” as one of the men argued that he shouldn’t have to answer the allegations as a criminal case proceeds.

  • April 24, 2017

    Guitar Co. Sued For Infringing Pantera's 'Dean From Hell'

    An instrument designer who says he helped create the signature guitar of late Pantera frontman “Dimebag Darrell” hit a guitar production company with a copyright infringement suit in California federal court Friday, saying the company has been wrongly reproducing the lightning design-splashed commemorative editions of his instrument.

  • April 24, 2017

    Christian Broadcaster Can't Prove 'Bad Faith,' 4th Circ. Told

    Discovery Communications LLC has told the Fourth Circuit that a district court's decision that it was operating in "good faith" when it terminated a distribution deal with a Christian broadcasting company was reasonable because the company had no right to distribute its networks over the Internet.

  • April 24, 2017

    Sen. Criticizes FCC's Business Data Services Deregulation

    A Democratic senator who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has criticized the Federal Communication Commission’s move to relax pricing regulations in the market for business data services.

  • April 21, 2017

    Pepsi Center Owner Fights Deaf Fans’ Class Cert. Bid

    The owner of the Pepsi Center in Denver urged a federal judge Thursday against certifying a class of hearing-impaired people claiming the stadium violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captioning on its scoreboard, saying it offers those patrons other aids and services.

  • April 21, 2017

    Wal-Mart Ordered To Pay $12M For Lifting Trade Secrets

    An Arkansas jury on Friday awarded digital agency Cuker Interactive LLC more than $12 million in trade secret damages from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after it lodged counterclaims against the big-box retailer in a dispute arising from a contract for website development.

Expert Analysis

  • Fox’s Handling Of O’Reilly Complaints Is A Cautionary Tale

    Ann Fromholz

    To be fair, any company can have a Bill O’Reilly in its midst. The question is whether the company does the right thing once it realizes what’s going on, says Ann Fromholz, a workplace investigation attorney and founder of The Fromholz Firm.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    Catch up if you missed last week's special series spotlighting general counsel at four firms and the issues they encounter in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • 5 Social Media Pitfalls In The Pharmaceutical Industry

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    Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided only some basic guidance on the subject, companies should take care when using social media in the pharmaceutical industry, which the FDA is clearly watching. With proper planning and execution, the internet is a great vehicle for the industry to advance health improvement and disease prevention, say Henniger Bullock and Colleen Tracy James of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Generates Copyright Preemption Confusion

    Simon Frankel

    The Ninth Circuit recently held that former college athletes could not assert a right of publicity to prevent the NCAA and its licensee, T3Media, from distributing images of the players. While the outcome of the case may be justifiable on the facts, the decision raises more questions than it answers, further muddying the already difficult terrain of copyright preemption under Section 301, say Simon Frankel and Neema Sahni of Coving... (continued)

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 19, Bring It On

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • An Earth Day Review Of 'Green Guide' False Advertising

    David Kluft

    To help prepare for the Earth Day barrage of environmental advertising claims, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP highlights several "Green Guide"-related matters before the Federal Trade Commission and National Advertising Division that can help marketers ensure their advertising is not deceptive.

  • What’s Next For Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation

    Cliff Zatz

    Members in both the House and the Senate have expressed renewed interest in federal anti-SLAPP legislation. If the next bill looks anything like past bills, there are important practical and constitutional issues that Congress will need to address, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.