Media & Entertainment

  • July 24, 2017

    King Of Pop Co.’s $30M Royalty Short A Betrayal, Jury Told

    A production company started by Michael Jackson betrayed the singer’s musical partnership with mega-producer Quincy Jones by shorting him $30 million in royalties after the King of Pop's death, Jones’ attorney told a California jury during closing arguments Monday, while the company’s attorney painted the suit as a “grab for money.”

  • July 24, 2017

    Groupon’s Deals Exclude People With Disabilities, Suit Says

    Chicago-based discount website Groupon Inc. discriminates against people with disabilities by not offering tickets for accessible seating at events and not providing options to book accessible hotel rooms, a consumer said Friday in a proposed class action.

  • July 24, 2017

    50 Cent Wants 'Power' Copyright Suit Tossed

    Rapper 50 Cent asked a California federal judge Monday to toss out a lawsuit claiming he ripped off the idea for his Starz drama “Power” from an unpublished manuscript, saying the two share nothing other than that both “involve an African-American protagonist.”

  • July 24, 2017

    Class Says Experian Can’t Block American Eagle TCPA Deal

     A class that reached a proposed $14.5 million settlement with American Eagle Outfitters in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over unsolicited texts told a New York federal court Friday that Experian's marketing unit lacks standing to object to the deal because it was dismissed from the case.

  • July 24, 2017

    Fox, Paramount Pulled Into IP War Over CGI Tech

    A visual effects company embroiled in litigation over whether it owns five patents covering Academy Award-winning movement capture technology sued three more companies including Fox and Paramount Pictures on Monday, alleging they infringed the patents by working with a thief who stole the technology.

  • July 24, 2017

    Publisher Says Kids' Guides 'Fair Use' Of Modern Classics

    The publishers of children’s versions of classics such as ‘The Old Man and the Sea” told a New York federal judge that their version of the books are not copyright violations because the novels were transformed when they “sanitized” the books for kids and put in sections that identified key words and main characters.

  • July 24, 2017

    Chris Brown Says Atty Tried To Extort Him In Philippines

    R&B singer Chris Brown accused an attorney of extortion and infliction of emotional distress in a Los Angeles lawsuit filed Friday, saying that after a concert in the Philippines, Brown was told he would be arrested and detained if he didn’t pay the man $300,000.

  • July 24, 2017

    'Paw Patrol' Toymaker Sues Alleged Counterfeit Network

    Toymaker Spin Master Ltd. sued unidentified companies in Illinois federal court on Friday, alleging infringement of numerous trademarks for toys tied to the popular Nickelodeon Jr. show “Paw Patrol.”

  • July 24, 2017

    10th Circ. Stays Firm On DOI Tribal Gambling Reg Ruling

    The Tenth Circuit declined on Monday to revisit its recent conclusion that the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior lacks the authority to approve procedures allowing the Pueblo of Pojoaque to continue its casino operations in New Mexico in the absence of a state gambling compact.

  • July 24, 2017

    Celebrity Chef Says He Tried To End Trademark Fight

    Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball told a federal judge in Boston Monday that he tried to avoid a trademark suit from an aggrieved cafe owner, even changing the name of his fledgling venture to resolve the issue.

  • July 24, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Spotify, UPL, Nestle

    Spotify is nearing a royalty deal that's needed before it seeks a U.S. IPO, India's UPL may lob a competing bid for Platform Specialty Products' agrochemical business, and private equity-backed Ferrara Candy is seen as a potential suitor for Nestle's U.S. candy business.

  • July 24, 2017

    Sports Magazine Slams Film Cos.' Bid To Dodge TM Row

    A youth sports magazine on Friday hit back at MGM Studios’ bid to dodge a Kentucky trademark lawsuit filed over a fictitious magazine cover featured in a movie about a drug-loving baseball player, arguing that no defense excuses the alleged infringement.

  • July 24, 2017

    TCPA Suit Over Facebook Hack-Alert Texts Stays Tossed

    A California federal judge refused Monday to revive a putative class action against Facebook Inc. from a man alleging he was bombarded with unwanted security notification text messages, saying a Ninth Circuit reversal in a different case didn’t trigger a review of his earlier dismissal.

  • July 24, 2017

    Simpson Thacher Leads KKR In $2.8B WebMD Buyout

    KKR, led by Simpson Thacher, inked a $2.8 billion deal for WebMD through a portfolio company, after the online platform for health information services began exploring its strategic options earlier this year, in one of the buyout firm’s two deals unveiled Monday.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

Expert Analysis

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Exhausted: Courts Reject Restraints On Alienation Of IP

    Jason Russell

    With its recent decisions in Impression Products and Kirtsaeng, the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically has endorsed a sweeping interpretation of the patent exhaustion and first sale doctrines, which is likely to have significant effects on commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Using Music In Your Work: Copyright Tips For Companies

    Joy Butler

    Music has the power to elevate the mundane and help make dry business topics more exciting and engaging. But when employees are unaware of the copyright implications of using music in presentations, web content, videos and other branded materials, businesses face the risk of copyright lawsuits and fines, says attorney Joy Butler.

  • Clearing Content For Digital Advertising: 5 Things To Address

    Benjamin Mulcahy

    The speed with which advertising content can be created and published means that advertisers must be more thorough and vigilant than ever in their clearance efforts, say Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • War Of The Employment Class Waivers: 6th Circ. Weighs In

    Jeffrey Ranen

    With its recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, the Sixth Circuit created an even three-to-three circuit split over the enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. Jeffrey Ranen and William Sung of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP examine the divide in the circuit courts up to this point, and predict how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this issue.