Media & Entertainment

  • July 21, 2017

    Gambling Co. Blasts 7th Circ.'s Ch. 11 Safe Harbor Ruling

    A former racetrack and casino shareholder has launched the opening salvo in a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over whether bankruptcy safe-harbor transfers to financial institutions include those where the institutions didn’t directly benefit, arguing that Congress intended to keep these transactions shielded from clawback.

  • July 21, 2017

    Miami Land Sale For Beckham Soccer Stadium Challenged

    A lawsuit filed Thursday is challenging Miami-Dade County officials' recent approval of a $9 million, no-bid deal to sell former soccer star David Beckham a parcel of land to complete his plans for a new soccer stadium needed to land Miami an expansion Major League Soccer franchise.

  • July 21, 2017

    10th Circ. Gives States A Leg Up In Making Gaming Deals

    A recent Tenth Circuit decision that the state of New Mexico can punish non-Indian vendors for working with the Pueblo of Pojoaque's casinos in the absence of a gaming compact may leave the tribe unable to get the gambling machines and software it needs and gives states more leverage when negotiating tribal-state gaming deals.

  • July 21, 2017

    Shrinking Daily Fantasy Co. Ranks Mean Room For Innovation

    Legal questions over daily fantasy sports have forced many smaller companies to shut down, but Fantasy Sports Trade Association Chairman Peter Schoenke told Law360 that that contraction positions the burgeoning industry for innovation as it continues to lobby states to clarify the legality of the contests.

  • July 21, 2017

    Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

    A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

  • July 21, 2017

    Dish Gets Counterclaims Tossed In Copyright Suit

    A Florida judge on Friday dismissed counterclaims by the owner of an Arabic pay-TV company facing a copyright infringement suit claiming the service steals signals from Dish Network LLC, but gave the company time to fix the problems with its pleadings.

  • July 21, 2017

    Brand Battles: Disney Gets Creative To Block 'Jedi' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Lucasfilm once again goes deep into the details of the Star Wars universe, Frito-Lay takes on a look-alike Lay’s logo and the Chicago Cubs stay aggressive.

  • July 21, 2017

    FCC Confirms 1st May Cyberattack 'Analysis' Was Unwritten

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday confirmed that it did not initially create a written analysis of a May cyberattack that temporarily slowed its online comment system, but it denied reports that it skimped on record-keeping, saying news stories based on its response to a Freedom of Information Act request were “categorically false.”

  • July 21, 2017

    PTAB Invalidates Patent As Earbud-Makers Duel

    An earbud company convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a patent on a rival’s earbud system on Wednesday for combining existing inventions in an obvious way, drawing first blood in an industry feud involving four patent challenges and two infringement lawsuits.

  • July 21, 2017

    Calif. Assemblyman Introduces Sports Betting Amendment

    A California constitutional amendment was introduced in the state Assembly on Thursday that, if passed, would let the state Legislature authorize sports betting only if a federal ban is modified.

  • July 21, 2017

    DC Circ. OKs FCC Denial Of Pa. Nonprofit's FM Application

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected a Philadelphia nonprofit’s effort to revive its application to operate a low-power FM radio station, finding that the winners of the bid were entitled to make plans to join together in a time-sharing agreement in the event their individual applications fell short.

  • July 21, 2017

    Fla. Atty In $300M Internet Cafe Case Reinstated To Bar

    The Florida Supreme Court has ended the suspension of attorney Kelly Mathis, whose conviction for helping Allied Veterans of the World run a $300 million illegal gambling ring was overturned, and reinstated him to the practice of law.

  • July 21, 2017

    Investors Say SeaWorld Can't Mark Every Doc Confidential

    Investors in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. claimed Thursday that the theme park operator is improperly shielding all of its discovery behind a confidentiality order in a suit accusing it of failing to tell shareholders that the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” caused an attendance drop at its theme parks.

  • July 20, 2017

    Facebook Atty Says ‘Fake News’ Fight A Tough Balancing Act

    Facebook’s deputy general counsel told an audience at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference in San Francisco on Thursday that his company’s efforts to limit the spread of viral misinformation known as “fake news” required a careful balance of corporate responsibility and First Amendment concerns.

  • July 20, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Can’t Reclaim $2.6M In Gifts

    Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress will have to return over $2.6 million in gifts the former NBA team owner gave her, a California appeals court ruled Thursday, upholding a lower court's decision that the gifts were given without the required permission of the former Clippers owner's wife.

  • July 20, 2017

    20 Minutes Of Research Could've Ended Book Row: Judge

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Wednesday slammed the attorneys behind a copyright suit over an Ethiopian cookbook, hitting them with sanctions and levying attorneys’ fees on their client after finding the case could have been avoided with 20 minutes of legal research.

  • July 20, 2017

    Quincy Jones Tells Jury Michael Jackson Co. ‘Cheated’ Him

    Grammy-award winning music producer Quincy Jones took the stand Thursday in his $30 million royalties suit against Michael Jackson’s production company, saying he was “cheated out of a lot of money” generated by the hit albums he produced for the late King of Pop.

  • July 20, 2017

    3 Big Questions For The Statue Of Liberty Copyright Fight

    The U.S. Postal Service has found itself in a strange copyright fight over the mistaken use of a Las Vegas replica of the Statue of Liberty on billions of stamps. As the case hurtles toward a September trial, Law360 looks at three big questions that must be answered.

  • July 20, 2017

    Dish, Others Hit With Suit Over Data Compression Patents

    Cloud backup company Realtime Data hit Dish Network, Echostar and Arris Group with a lawsuit in Texas’ Eastern District on Thursday accusing the companies of infringing eight patents that cover methods for faster and more efficient data compression systems.

  • July 20, 2017

    DOI, Calif. Tribe Say Casino Challenge Should Be Tossed

    The U.S. Department of the Interior and a California tribe each urged a federal judge on Wednesday to toss a suit challenging department-issued procedures that allow the tribe to pursue an off-reservation casino, saying the procedures don’t violate federal gaming or environmental law.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Exhausted: Courts Reject Restraints On Alienation Of IP

    Jason Russell

    With its recent decisions in Impression Products and Kirtsaeng, the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically has endorsed a sweeping interpretation of the patent exhaustion and first sale doctrines, which is likely to have significant effects on commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Using Music In Your Work: Copyright Tips For Companies

    Joy Butler

    Music has the power to elevate the mundane and help make dry business topics more exciting and engaging. But when employees are unaware of the copyright implications of using music in presentations, web content, videos and other branded materials, businesses face the risk of copyright lawsuits and fines, says attorney Joy Butler.

  • Clearing Content For Digital Advertising: 5 Things To Address

    Benjamin Mulcahy

    The speed with which advertising content can be created and published means that advertisers must be more thorough and vigilant than ever in their clearance efforts, say Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • War Of The Employment Class Waivers: 6th Circ. Weighs In

    Jeffrey Ranen

    With its recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, the Sixth Circuit created an even three-to-three circuit split over the enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. Jeffrey Ranen and William Sung of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP examine the divide in the circuit courts up to this point, and predict how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this issue.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.