Media & Entertainment

  • February 22, 2017

    Comcast Knocks Out Bulk Of Antitrust Suit Over Cable Ads

    Comcast Corp. on Wednesday won its bid to dodge the bulk of a lawsuit accusing it of monopolizing the $5.4 billion market for local television advertising when an Illinois federal judge ruled that five claims in the case fail because Comcast's motives could not be proven as anti-competitive.

  • February 22, 2017

    Redstone Needs Mental Exam, Ex-GF Argues In Elder Abuse Row

    Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend Sydney Holland urged a California judge Wednesday to order an independent medical examination of the nonagenarian billionaire in his $150 million elder abuse suit against Holland and another ex-girlfriend, arguing there is circumstantial evidence of a recent “precipitous” decline in the former media mogul's health.

  • February 22, 2017

    Kanye Will Not Have To Attend NY Deposition In Copyright Suit

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Kanye West does not have to travel to New York to appear for a deposition in a copyright suit he is facing, saying the superstar can be deposed in Los Angeles instead.

  • February 22, 2017

    9th Circ. OKs Dreamworks’ Win In ‘Turbo’ Profits Suit

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a securities class action against DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. alleging the animation studio misled investors about the profit potential of the 2013 cartoon flick “Turbo,” finding that the investors failed to show they were fraudulently deceived.

  • February 22, 2017

    Amazon Fights For Claim Procedure In FTC's App Row Inc. blasted the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to the company’s proposed claims process for customers charged for unauthorized app purchases by their children, arguing Tuesday that allowing consumers more than one online refund submission, as the agency demands, would encourage fraud.

  • February 22, 2017

    Mobile Game Maker Can't Ditch Investor Suit Over $115M IPO

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday largely kept intact a consolidated class action claiming game maker iDreamSky Technology Ltd. misled investors ahead of its $115.5 million initial public offering, saying generalized disclosures don’t shield the developer from its obligation to report issues with its popular mobile game “Cookie Run.”

  • February 22, 2017

    Net Neutrality Rollback May Require FCC First Move

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has not yet revealed a broad strategy to take down the Obama-era net neutrality framework that he has long rejected, but experts say lawmakers may look to his FCC for initial action as deliberations among GOP leaders continue on the best path forward.

  • February 22, 2017

    Judge Blocks Calif. Law Against Disclosure Of Actors’ Ages

    A California federal judge Wednesday stopped enforcement of a new California law preventing online entertainment industry databases such as IMDb from including actors’ ages on their sites, saying the statute violates constitutional free speech protections and doesn’t address its stated goal of preventing age discrimination.

  • February 22, 2017

    Zynga Can't Roll Quick Win In Gambling IP Row

    A gambling technology company has adequately pled that online game developer Zynga Inc. infringed its patent covering a video game system to survive a bid for a quick end to the case, a Nevada federal judge has ruled.

  • February 22, 2017

    ALPS Escapes Bid For Coverage Of Bruce Lee Movie Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday ruled BigLaw malpractice insurer ALPS can duck out of covering an entertainment lawyer in a lawsuit over a rights deal gone bad for a movie about martial arts star Bruce Lee.

  • February 22, 2017

    Jury Finds Racetrack Exec Guilty Of Securities Fraud

    A Florida federal jury on Wednesday ruled against the former chairman and controlling shareholder of a San Antonio racetrack in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit accusing him of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm, following a six-day trial.

  • February 22, 2017

    Viacom Urges NJ Court To Toss Child Tracking Privacy Row

    Counsel for Viacom Inc. urged a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to toss the sole remaining claim in a putative class action accusing Nickelodeon of tracking the online activity of children under 13, arguing that the media company only collected anonymous information that could not be used to identify users.

  • February 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Arris, Dick Clark Productions, Aramco

    Arris will buy a networking equipment business from Brocade Communications for around $1 billion, Dalian Wanda's $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions has hit a snag due to the Chinese government's desire to limit outgoing capital and Aramco is nearing the acquisition of a Turkish fuel stations business.

  • February 22, 2017

    8th Circ. Affirms Ex-Sea World Workers' ERISA Win

    The Eighth Circuit affirmed Wednesday a lower court’s ruling that found a class of former Sea World employees are entitled to enhanced benefits under their Anheuser-Busch InBev Inc. pension plan, but ruled the district court erred in determining how those benefits should be calculated.

  • February 22, 2017

    Davis Polk-Comcast Call May Have Sparked DreamWorks Deal

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorney's phone call to a Comcast executive about the potential representation of a financial adviser in a business transaction may have spawned the cable giant’s $3.8 billion deal for DreamWorks, according to documents from an insider trading suit against a Hong Kong investor.

  • February 22, 2017

    DOJ Must Unveil Redacted CIA Docs About Detainee Deaths

    The U.S. Department of Justice was ordered Tuesday to hand over redacted memoranda on overseas Central Intelligence Agency interrogations, including information that could unveil the names of two detainees who died while in custody, after a New York federal judge agreed with only some of the DOJ's secrecy arguments.

  • February 22, 2017

    Ex-Disney Workers Hit Back At Move To Toss Race Bias Suit

    Thirty former Disney theme park employees hit back in Florida federal court on Tuesday at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' continued bid to quell a legal fight over the company’s use of foreign workers, saying Disney is holding their claims to a higher pleading standard than is necessary.

  • February 21, 2017

    Bankrupt Big Apple Circus Gets A Safety Net After Sale OK'd

    The show might go on, now that a New York bankruptcy court has signed off on defunct nonprofit Big Apple Circus Ltd.’s $1.3 million sale to a Florida-based investment firm that plans to continue Big Apple’s iconic circus shows.

  • February 21, 2017

    New Zealand Court OKs Kim Dotcom's Extradition To US

    A New Zealand court on Monday ruled that Megaupload Ltd. founder and accused online piracy kingpin Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S., saying while Dotcom's alleged copyright offenses don't warrant removal to the U.S., he can still be extradited for fraud.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices Nix TM Appeal Over Oprah's 'Own Your Power'

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case in which a motivational speaker with limited rights over the phrase "Own Your Power" sued Oprah Winfrey for alleged trademark infringement for her use of the expression.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Leveraging Trademark Law To Commercialize A Meme

    Catherine V. Riley

    Memes provide an enticing marketing opportunity, but navigating commercialization is complicated. If you have the luck and creativity to create a viral meme, using trademark protection, while still promoting its continued fair use, may be an effective route for ultimately capturing its commercial value, say Catherine Riley and Dorna Mohaghegh of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 15, What’s Your Number?

    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 ...

  • Data Dexterity: The New Moat Of The Information Economy

    Brian H. Lam

    Over the past year, companies have used data-based competitive advantage, or “moats,” to drive astronomic acquisition prices. In this article, Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC introduces the concept of “data dexterity” as the actual creator of data-based moats and analyzes the data interactions of LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club and AppDynamics to illustrate how data dexterity exists in practice.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Responding To A Politician’s Social Media Attack

    Arthur H. Kohn

    Rhetorical attempts by politicians to influence the conduct of private enterprise — commonly referred to as “jawboning” — are an old political tactic. But the nature and frequency of jawboning in the current environment makes this a serious issue for boards and management at a wide variety of public companies, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.