Media & Entertainment

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN Video Privacy Win Keeps Spokeo Door Open To App Users

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday gave another boost to mobile apps' ability to skirt video privacy claims by nixing a proposed class action brought by a CNN app user, but its refusal to find that the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo ruling bars the allegations from being brought in the first place leaves subscription-based services vulnerable to litigation.

  • April 27, 2017

    FCC Sets Out Draft Plan To Weigh Nixing Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission released a promised draft plan of its proposal to reverse the reclassification of broadband as a utility on Thursday, seeking feedback on whether so-called bright line net neutrality rules are necessary and whether to “keep, modify or eliminate” them.

  • April 27, 2017

    NYC Blasts Advertisers’ Challenge To Billboard Ban

    The city of New York asked a federal court Wednesday to dismiss a challenge to its ban on billboard advertising near the city's larger public parks and roadways, arguing that there was no question of the regulation's constitutionality.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN App User Isn’t CNN Subscriber, 11th Circ. Finds

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a CNN app user’s litigation over alleged privacy violations, saying in a published decision that the man has standing under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision, but his claims fail regardless because he doesn’t qualify as a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • April 27, 2017

    NIGC, DOI Slam Tribe's Bid To Beef Up Gambling Suit

    The National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday not to let the Fort Sill Apache Tribe add claims to its suit over the government’s rejection of the tribe's gambling bid, saying the tribe is basing the new claims on a supposed agreement with the agency that never existed.

  • April 27, 2017

    Wireless Group Urges FCC To Refuse Post-Auction Rethink

    CTIA-The Wireless Association on Wednesday at the Federal Communications Commission opposed a request from broadcasters for the agency to reconsider its transition plan after the now-concluded broadcast incentive auction, telling the FCC that doing so would only cause delays.

  • April 27, 2017

    2nd Circ. Dives Into UVA Students' Rape Defamation Case

    A federal judge's quick dismissal of three fraternity brothers' defamation claims against disgraced journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone over a false article detailing a sadistic rape culture at the University of Virginia drew intense scrutiny Thursday in the Second Circuit.

  • April 27, 2017

    2nd Circ. Says Gov't Must Stick To BMI Appeal Deadline

    The Second Circuit stuck to its guns Wednesday and denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s second request for more time to file its principal brief in its appeal of a decision siding with Broadcast Music Inc. over a decades-old antitrust agreement governing the licensing of music performance rights.

  • April 27, 2017

    Investors Challenge $630M Harland Clarke, RetailMeNot Deal

    Just weeks after payment and marketing company Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. announced a $630 million deal to buy online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc., the target's investors launched a class action Wednesday in Delaware federal court saying the deal shortchanged them and the solicitation statement contained falsehoods.

  • April 26, 2017

    Facebook Can't Void German Ban On WhatsApp Data Sharing

    A German court on Tuesday refused to scrap a data protection regulator's order that Facebook immediately stop collecting user data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, a practice that has drawn widespread scrutiny from authorities in both the European Union and U.S.

  • April 26, 2017

    Hedge Fund Likely Can't Shake Film Co. Founder's $100M Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively refused to dismiss a $100 million suit brought by the founder of Modern VideoFilm alleging hedge fund Medley Capital Corp. fraudulently took over the Hollywood postproduction company and destroyed it, saying the claims had been adequately pleaded.

  • April 26, 2017

    FCC Will Undo Obama-Era Open Internet Framework, Pai Says

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revealed the details of his long-anticipated plan to take aim at 2015 net neutrality rules on Wednesday, pledging this year to “finish the job” on undoing the reclassification of broadband as a common carrier service.

  • April 26, 2017

    11th Circ. Tosses $6M Default Judgment In Toymaker Spat

    The Eleventh Circuit tossed a nearly $6 million default judgment against a Hong Kong toymaker in a competitor's false advertising suit Tuesday, finding that a Florida federal judge abused her discretion by not conducting a complete analysis before entering the default and awarding damages without an evidentiary hearing.

  • April 26, 2017

    NY Judge Pauses SEC’s ‘Hamilton’ Ponzi Case

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday issued a stay order pausing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil suit against two men accused of running a $97 million Ponzi scheme involving ticket resales to the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” agreeing the men won’t have to answer the allegations.

  • April 26, 2017

    EU Top Court Says TV Streamer Is Illegal

    The European Union’s highest appeals court ruled Wednesday that the sale of devices that make it easy to stream pirated content on a television could violate European copyright law.

  • April 26, 2017

    Sprint Slams TWC's Move To Nix $140M Patent Verdict

    Sprint Communications Co. fought back Tuesday against Time Warner Cable Inc.’s efforts to nix a recent $140 million jury award for willful infringement of Sprint’s patents covering internet-enabled phone calls, telling a Kansas federal court the jury received plenty of evidence to justify the verdict.

  • April 26, 2017

    Fox Lobbies FCC To Renew NY Post Ownership Waiver

    The Federal Communications Commission should permit the continued co-ownership of TV stations in New York and New Jersey and the New York Post, Fox told the agency Tuesday, saying a waiver that allows it is in the public interest.

  • April 26, 2017

    DC Circ. Clears Bellagio Of Weingarten Right Violation

    The Bellagio didn’t interfere with a bellhop’s so-called Weingarten rights when he requested a union representative during a meeting to discuss his improper solicitation of a tip from a guest, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday, overturning the National Labor Relations Board’s conclusion that the Las Vegas hotel’s behavior was illegal.

  • April 26, 2017

    Fox News Anchor Says More Workers May Join Race Bias Suit

    More Fox News workers from around the country may join a putative New York state class action alleging the network systemically discriminates against black workers, anchor and new named plaintiff Kelly Wright said Wednesday at a press conference with his attorney, Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP.

  • April 26, 2017

    Mass. Urges 1st Circ. To Rehear Tribe's Bid To Build Casino

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts challenged a First Circuit panel decision reversing a lower court’s ruling that barred a Native American tribe from hosting gambling facilities on its land, asking for rehearing of a single issue in the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules Leaves America Vulnerable

    John F. Stephens

    The congressional repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's October 2016 privacy rules will have security implications far beyond what was ever envisioned or intended. The end result will be a disaster not just for Americans' privacy, but for America's cybersecurity as well, says John Stephens of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Presumption Of Patent Validity

    Charles Macedo

    Courts continue to invalidate patents under Section 101 without adhering to the presumption of validity standard mandated by Congress in Section 282 and the U.S. Supreme Court in i4i. The Supreme Court can set the record straight in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Why Colbert Can't Play 'Colbert': Tonight's Word — Copyright

    Adam Litwin

    Last week, "The Late Show" daringly flouted Viacom’s wishes by having host Stephen Colbert reprise his "Colbert Report" character to bid farewell to Bill O’Reilly. With CBS exercising such blatant disregard for Viacom’s demand, the situation is sure to come to a head, says Adam Litwin of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 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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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face 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.