Media & Entertainment

  • November 22, 2017

    Top Takeaways From The Net Neutrality Rollback Draft

    The Federal Communications Commission has revealed the substance of its draft plan for reversing net neutrality protections that have been on the books since 2015. Here's what you need to know.

  • November 22, 2017

    Google, Netflix 'Irrelevant' To DOJ 2nd Circ. Appeal, BMI Says

    Broadcast Music Inc. asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday to bar Google, Netflix and media industry players from opposing its right to sell partial interests in music in the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit against the performance rights organization, saying their arguments are irrelevant.

  • November 22, 2017

    Google, YouTube Seek Quick Win In Video Takedown Suit

    A recent California appeals court ruling means YouTube doesn’t defame users when it tells viewers a video has been removed for violating its terms of service, the company told a California federal court Tuesday, seeking a quick win in a rancorous suit over a music video.

  • November 22, 2017

    PTAB Says 2 Ad Patents Not Eligible For CBM Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has refused Yahoo's request that it review two of AlmondNet's advertising patents, finding Wednesday the patents weren't eligible for the covered business method review program because they don't claim a method related to a financial activity.

  • November 22, 2017

    3 Highlights From The FIFA Corruption Trial So Far

    More than two years after U.S. authorities rocked the world of international soccer by unveiling a global corruption investigation into it, the first trial stemming from the investigation kicked off in a federal court in Brooklyn this month, providing a clearer picture of the alleged corruption, while bringing witness intimidation allegations akin to a mob trial. Here, Law360 looks at three highlights from the first two weeks of the trial.

  • November 22, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Ad Suit Against Slingbox Maker

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed class action accusing Sling Media Inc. of adding unwanted advertisements to its Slingbox mobile streaming service, concluding that the consumers did not plausibly allege a deceptive act or practice on Sling’s part.

  • November 22, 2017

    Comcast X1 Set-Top Boxes Infringed 2 Rovi Patents, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has banned the import of certain Comcast Corp. set-top boxes after finding the media company and its video equipment suppliers infringe two patents owned by TiVo’s Rovi Corp.

  • November 22, 2017

    Brand Battles: Mastercard, 'Lord of the Rings,' MLB

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Mastercard is speechless about an improv group's logo, the owner of the trademark rights to the "Lord of the Rings" franchise targets a "Frodoh" doughnut brand, and two Major League Baseball clubs join a slew of colleges to take on a team-themed drink maker.

  • November 22, 2017

    FCC Not Cooperating In 'Fake' Comments Probe, NY AG Says

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted the Federal Communications Commission in a letter Tuesday, saying the agency has refused to cooperate in an investigation into allegedly false comments on its upcoming net neutrality order.

  • November 22, 2017

    FCC To Rethink Broadcast Ownership Cap Next Month

    The Federal Communication Commission on Tuesday announced a plan to review and possibly modify or eliminate regulations that keep in check the percentage of national broadcast audience a company’s television stations can reach, a move critics have ripped as paving the way for unhealthy media consolidation.

  • November 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bank of Sharjah, Penta Investments, Actis

    Two United Arab Emirates financial institutions could merge to create a single entity boasting about 50.6 billion dirhams, CEFC and Penta Investments are partnering on a bid for Time Warner’s Central European Media Enterprises, and Standard Chartered is nearing a sale of its real estate principal finance business.

  • November 22, 2017

    NC Casino Operator Moves To Nix Unpaid Wages Suit

    The operator of a pair of North Carolina tribal casinos has urged a federal judge to toss a proposed class and collective action accusing it of failing to pay certain employees for all the hours they worked.

  • November 21, 2017

    Romance Writer, Amazon Beat Claims That They Stole Plot

    An Illinois federal judge granted romance novelist Donna Fasano and Inc. an early win Tuesday in a copyright infringement suit brought by an author alleging Fasano copied the plot of the book "Reclaim My Heart” from her own unpublished book, "The Promise of a Virgin."

  • November 21, 2017

    DC Circ. Denies NJ Radio Station’s Frequency Swap Request

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday told a New Jersey radio station it could not switch channels, affirming a Federal Communications Commission finding that bumping another media company to the station owner’s channel would violate agency channel spacing rules.

  • November 21, 2017

    Ex-Ecuador Soccer Boss' Son Says He Helped Launder Bribes

    The son of the former leader of Ecuador's national soccer organization told jurors at the FIFA corruption trial on Tuesday about laundering his father's kickbacks from a sports marketing company, and choked up empathizing with other ex-soccer officials who are on trial.

  • November 21, 2017

    3 Key Issues In DOJ's AT&T-Time Warner Merger Complaint

    The U.S. Department of Justice upended conventional wisdom with its lawsuit Monday claiming that the vertical integration of AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV distribution network with Time Warner Inc.'s must-have content would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of price increases and squelch innovative competition in digital video distribution.

  • November 21, 2017

    6th Circ. Sides With B&N, Amazon In Erotic Book Cover Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday sided with and Barnes & Noble in a couple’s lawsuit over the sale of a parody erotica novel involving a New England Patriots football player that used their engagement photo on the cover, saying the companies cannot be held liable for the alleged actions of the author. 

  • November 21, 2017

    What We Know About The Upcoming Net Neutrality Vote

    The Federal Communications Commission revealed its plans Tuesday to vote on the proposed rollback of net neutrality protections at its December open meeting. The substance of the proposed order is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, but FCC commissioners and senior officials have already painted the broad strokes of what a net neutrality rule repeal will look like. Here's what we know about the upcoming Restoring Internet Freedom vote.

  • November 21, 2017

    Bet-The-Business Merger Trial? O'Melveny Gets Tapped Again

    As the government tries to block AT&T from buying Time Warner in what could be the first merger trial under the new administration, the telecom giant has put its hopes for a digital content future in the hands of a firm that's been no stranger to courtroom faceoffs in the last decade. Here, Law360 looks at the biggest challenges O'Melveny & Myers LLP has defended in recent years.

  • November 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive NBA 2K Face Scans Suit

    A Second Circuit panel affirmed Tuesday that NBA 2K players were not injured by the video game’s collection and retention of scans of their faces, but it found the case should have been dismissed without prejudice to give the players the opportunity to renew their state law claims alleging violations of Illinois' privacy law.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Defining 'Sport' In The Age Of Competitive Video Gaming

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Olympic Committee's recent consideration of esports as a “sporting activity” with a potential path to inclusion in the Olympic Games raises the ire of many traditional athletes. But is physicality required to qualify as a sport? Historically, yes, though not with the consistency one might expect, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • How Employers Should Consider Impact Of Sex Harassment

    Harini Srinivasan

    In the wake of allegations detailing years of workplace sexual harassment perpetuated by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other leading media personalities, employees, employers and the public alike have been forced to consider how enduring such abuse impacts women in the workplace, say attorneys at Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.