Media & Entertainment

  • October 16, 2017

    Schlafly Family TM Drama Continues As Counterclaims Axed

    A possibly unauthorized spinoff organization controlled by some of the late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly’s loyalists cannot countersue those who control Schlafly’s original group, the Eagle Forum, who sued alleged interloper Phyllis Schlafly’s American Eagles last year shortly before Schlafly’s death in the wake of a family squabble over Donald Trump.

  • October 16, 2017

    BuzzFeed Sues DOJ For Names In Ex-US Atty's Office Affair

    BuzzFeed hit the U.S. Department of Justice with a Freedom of Information Act complaint in New York federal court Monday, urging the government agency to reveal the names of the former U.S. attorney and a subordinate who were involved in an affair.

  • October 16, 2017

    Fox, Cook County Face Claims Filming Hurt Youth Detainees

    Twentieth Century Fox and Cook County couldn't escape claims Monday that they unfairly profited from the use of the county's juvenile detention center to film parts of the Fox TV show “Empire,” putting the facility on lockdown so the center’s detainees could not participate in the activities meant to rehabilitate them.

  • October 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Suggests Nixing Chevron Doctrine In Contract Cases

    Justice Neil Gorsuch continued his onslaught against the legal doctrine of "Chevron deference" Monday with a statement in a case involving regulations for digital highway billboards, suggesting courts shouldn't defer to a federal agency's view of an ambiguous contract.

  • October 16, 2017

    Leave Retrans Fees Out Of NAFTA Talks, Cable TV Cos. Say

    Cable TV system operators told the U.S. trade representative Friday that requiring Canadian cable providers to negotiate agreements for carrying American broadcast content as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement revisions would be a drag on the industry.

  • October 16, 2017

    Snowden Filmmaker Received All Public FOIA Docs, FBI Says

    The FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection told a D.C. federal court Friday that they’ve provided filmmaker Laura Poitras with all information available under the Freedom of Information Act related to why she was continually detained at airport security checkpoints for six years, fighting her allegation that they’re wrongly withholding information.

  • October 16, 2017

    Simon & Schuster Sinks 'Light Between Oceans' IP Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday tossed a copyright lawsuit accusing Simon & Schuster Inc., DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and ABC Inc. of ripping off an unpublished screenplay to produce the best-selling novel “The Light Between Oceans” and its film adaptation, finding Monday that the works were not substantially similar.

  • October 16, 2017

    Justices Urged To Strike Down Law Barring Tribal Casino Suit

    A Michigan man has pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a D.C. Circuit decision backing a law that killed off his legal challenge to a tribal casino project, saying that Congress can't pass a law that violates the separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary.

  • October 16, 2017

    Court Warns Of 'Odor' To $1B Constant Contact Merger Suit

    A long-idled stockholder challenge to the $1 billion sale of online marketing firm Constant Contact Inc. accelerated straight into trouble on Monday, with Delaware’s chancellor citing an “odor” to class claims and giving attorneys 30 days to ponder the case’s future.

  • October 16, 2017

    Netflix Says Investor Suit Over Price Hike Came Too Late

    Netflix Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to dismiss a proposed investor class action that alleges the streaming company tried to cover up the negative impact of a 2014 price hike on subscriber growth, arguing the suit was brought too late and is too full of holes to survive.

  • October 16, 2017

    FCC Commish Cites 1st Amendment After Trump's NBC Threat

    Reflecting on President Donald Trump’s comments last week that NBC should have its broadcast licenses challenged for running a “fake news” story about him, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said on Sunday that it is essential the agency abide by the First Amendment.

  • October 16, 2017

    Pa. Atty Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Client Fund Theft Row

    A western Pennsylvania attorney and newspaper owner pled guilty Monday to federal mail fraud charges after being accused of misappropriating over $500,000 from a client with dementia and using the money for personal use and to run the paper.

  • October 16, 2017

    Electronic Arts Fires Back At Coder's High Court Appeal

    Video game industry giant Electronic Arts has hit back at a former computer programmer's Hail Mary attempt to revive copyright claims to "John Madden Football," telling the U.S. Supreme Court that offering expert testimony instead of evidence should remain out of bounds.

  • October 16, 2017

    High Court Denies Challenge To 'Google' Trademark

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a petition urging the justices to hold that “google” has become a generic verb that cannot be protected by trademark law. 

  • October 16, 2017

    Ticketmaster Denied Quick Win On Songkick Antitrust Claims

    A California federal judge on Monday tossed Live Nation and Ticketmaster's bid for a quick win on some of Songkick's antitrust claims against the ticketing giant and its subsidiary over their alleged monopoly on ticket sales, saying the parties disagree on the facts but there is “no question” that the suit stems from a restraint of trade.

  • October 16, 2017

    NY Bill Would Deny Tax Credits Over Sexual Harassment

    A New York lawmaker on Monday announced her plan to introduce legislation that would deny tax credits to businesses that ignore sexual harassment, noting that producer Harvey Weinstein’s company received film production benefits in the state before it fired him amid a series of sexual assault and harassment accusations.

  • October 16, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Saudi Aramco, AT&T, iQiyi

    Chinese state-owned oil companies have interest in buying into Saudi Aramco ahead of its planned $100 billion IPO, Brazil’s antitrust watchdog will greenlight AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, with conditions, and Chinese video streaming service iQiyi has picked banks to help with its IPO.

  • October 16, 2017

    Charter Wants Call Suit Paused Pending TCPA Challenges

    Charter Communications Inc. asked a California federal judge on Friday to pause a proposed class action alleging it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by autodialing consumers until either its First Amendment challenge of the law or a separate case considering the definition of an autodialer is resolved.

  • October 16, 2017

    Weinstein Co. In Talks With PE Firm Over Possible Sale

    The Weinstein Co. confirmed Monday that it’s in talks with private equity firm Colony Capital about a potential deal, as the film studio faces instability after firing co-chairman Harvey Weinstein amid a series of sexual assault and harassment accusations.

  • October 13, 2017

    Carmen Electra, Models Sue Strip Club For Using Their Photos

    A group of 30 models, including former Baywatch and Playboy star Carmen Electra, hit Chicago strip club Atlantis Gentlemen’s Club with a false advertising and defamation suit in Illinois federal court Thursday, saying none of them ever gave their permission to Atlantis to use their likenesses in advertising for the club on social media.

Expert Analysis

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • CalPERS Suit Marks Another Loss For Multiclass Stock Plans

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    The recent case of California Public Employees' Retirement System v. IAC/InterActiveCorp illustrates how institutional investors can use litigation to successfully protect their voting rights. Combined with recent pushback from the S&P, this case should make founders considering nonvoting stock issuances think twice, say attorneys with Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • More Uncertainty On Nazi-Era Art Restitution Claims

    Simon Frankel

    With an admirable purpose and unanimous support in Congress, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act should be a rare legislative success. Instead, the act’s convoluted language will only lead to more litigation and debates over timeliness of claims, say Covington & Burling LLP partner Simon Frankel and Third Circuit clerk Sari Sharoni.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.