Media & Entertainment

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 22, 2018

    Facebook Shouldn't Expect 'Fake News' Legal Woes, For Now

    Social media sites are facing heightened scrutiny amid charges that an army of Russia-based “bot” accounts meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are largely immune from liability even if they unwittingly help spread propaganda, attorneys say.

  • February 22, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Reopen 'Ballers' Copyright Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel Thursday affirmed a district court decision that tossed a copyright infringement suit against HBO, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson over their “Ballers” series, agreeing with a federal judge's finding that the show had only vague similarities to a television project that had not been produced.

  • February 22, 2018

    FCC Faces Heat On Proposed Lifeline Subsidy Reforms

    The Federal Communications Commission fielded a bevy of comments on its proposals to reform the Lifeline phone subsidy program for low-income households ahead of Thursday’s deadline, with many blasting a ban on wireless services that rent infrastructure.

  • February 22, 2018

    Atty Who Missed Deposition In Prince TM Spat Told To Comply

    A federal judge in Massachusetts said Thursday there was no excuse for a Boston attorney to skip a deposition in a trademark dispute over unreleased Prince songs and ordered compliance from the lawyer, who the singer's estate says may have a stake in the tracks’ release.

  • February 22, 2018

    Comcast, Verizon Fight Fed. Circ. Redo After Alice Patent Win

    Comcast and Verizon urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday not to rehear claims by Two-Way Media over four invalidated streaming media patents, saying the panel decision does not contradict Federal Circuit precedent and that en banc review is not warranted.

  • February 22, 2018

    Net Neutrality Challenges Roll In After Rule Publication

    Official net neutrality lawsuits started to rain on federal courts Thursday along with the divisive Restoring Internet Freedom rule’s publication in the Federal Register, with the rule stating an effective date of April 23 for the deregulation.

  • February 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Phoenix, Telecom Italia, United Tech

    Phoenix Group is reportedly nearing a deal for Standard Life's insurance unit, F2i and Rai Way increased their bid for Telecom Italia's broadcasting business, and United Technologies' CEO said the company will decide by the end of the year whether to split up.

  • February 22, 2018

    Prosecutors Rip Acquittal Bid By Soccer Bosses In FIFA Case

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Wednesday pushed back against post-trial acquittal attempts by two South American soccer presidents convicted in December of racketeering conspiracy and other charges brought as part of the wide-ranging FIFA corruption case, deeming their arguments legally baseless.

  • February 22, 2018

    7th Circ. May Call On Indiana In Fantasy NCAA Athlete Row

    Two Seventh Circuit judges considering whether to revive a proposed class action against DraftKings and FanDuel over their use of college athletes’ likenesses said Thursday they likely need the state of Indiana to weigh in on whether exemptions in its right of publicity law cover fantasy sports sites.

  • February 22, 2018

    Studios Trim But Can't Toss IP Suit Over Visual Effects

    A California federal judge Wednesday trimmed copyright infringement claims against Disney, Paramount and Fox but declined to dismiss claims that Disney’s blockbuster films infringed the patents of a visual effects company and that all three studios violated its trademarks.

  • February 22, 2018

    Rulemaking On Speedy Tech Approval Raises Hackles At FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps to expedite reviews for emerging communications technologies at its February open meeting on Thursday, teeing up a public comment period over objections that the FCC is detrimentally positioning itself as a gatekeeper for innovation.

  • February 22, 2018

    Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob Candies Not 'Natural,' Suit Says

    General Mills Inc. misrepresents that its fruit-flavored snacks that resemble SpongeBob SquarePants and other popular children’s characters are all-natural although they contain artificial flavoring, a consumer contends in a proposed class action removed to California federal court on Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    BBC, Guardian Say Public Duty Trumps Appleby Records Suit

    The BBC and the Guardian have told a British court that they're not liable for any damages their reporting caused offshore law firm Appleby Global Group LLC, arguing that while they knew portions of the Paradise Papers likely contained privileged communications, publishing portions of the leaked documents crucially furthered the public debate. 

  • February 21, 2018

    Weinstein Name-Checks Celeb Supporters In Dismissal Bid

    Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to cut him from a suit brought by actresses who say he sexually assaulted them, arguing the proposed class includes every woman he’s ever met, even big-name stars like Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, who have publicly defended him.

  • February 21, 2018

    'Shape Of Water' Accused Of Stealing Pulitzer Winner's Play

    The son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is accusing "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo del Toro and others involved in the Oscar-nominated film of ripping off the movie's plot from a one-act drama by his late father, according to a suit filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Fights For Quick Win In Gambling Deal Dispute

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community has again urged a D.C. federal judge to award the tribe summary judgment in its bid to vacate a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision rejecting an amendment to the tribe’s gambling deal with Wisconsin, saying the change wouldn’t put another tribe on the hook for payments to protect the Potawatomi’s casino business.

  • February 21, 2018

    Dish Can't Revive TCPA Suit Coverage Bid At 10th Circ.

    The penalties being sought against Dish Network LLC for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act are punitive and not covered by its policy with a Chubb Ltd. unit, the Tenth Circuit affirmed Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2018

    FCC’s Pai Won't Recuse Himself In Sinclair Merger Review

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently refused to recuse himself from the agency’s review of Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc.’s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., after a Democratic lawmaker cast doubts about his impartiality.

  • February 21, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Report Says NPR Hired Ex-VP Despite 'Flags'

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP released the results of its independent investigation Tuesday that revealed NPR management and its in-house legal team hired and retained NPR news executive Michael Oreskes despite multiple “flags” regarding his inappropriate behavior toward women.

Expert Analysis

  • Net Neutrality Repeal May Put Tech Startups In The Slow Lane

    Benjamin Warlick

    There is no telling how the current battle over net neutrality will play out, but there is a good chance that paid prioritization will not go away. Technology and content startups that do not have the resources to buy internet fast lanes may lose sales from slower traffic, says Benjamin Warlick of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • The FTC’s Quest For Better Influencer Disclosures

    Julie O’Neill

    Given the repetition of the Federal Trade Commission's message concerning its endorsement guides, it's apparent that the agency believes it is still not being heard. Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP recount how the FTC has gotten to where it is today and, thus, why it might be heading for a celebrity enforcement action next.

  • Online Image Infringement And The Statutory-Damages Threat

    Daniel Mazanec

    A New York federal court's recent decision in FlameFlynet v. Shoshanna adds to a growing body of precedent for refusing to award substantial statutory damages requested by a copyright owner where the amount far exceeds actual damages, says Daniel Mazanec of Greenspoon Marder LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Why President Ford Belongs On Copyright’s Mount Rushmore

    David Kluft

    Many of the American presidents we traditionally honor on Presidents’ Day contributed to the development of U.S. copyright law. You may not think of Gerald Ford, but he signed into law the Copyright Act of 1976 and his memoirs played an important part in defining the fair use doctrine, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • A 2017 Roundup Of Calif. Anti-SLAPP Appellate Decisions

    Thomas Burke

    California’s anti-SLAPP statute remains the strongest — and most frequently litigated — statute of its kind in the nation. Last year California’s state and federal appellate courts issued 34 published opinions and more than 169 unpublished opinions interpreting the statute. And the California Supreme Court twice reaffirmed the statute’s broad construction, says Thomas Burke of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • How Not To Enforce An Arbitration Agreement

    Phillip Kilgore

    The Fourth Circuit's recent opinion in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon and Restaurant serves as a lesson to employers and counsel alike on what not to do when setting up an arbitration program or when attempting to enforce an arbitration agreement, says Phillip Kilgore of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​