Media & Entertainment

  • March 21, 2018

    Boston City Hall Trial's Start Axed Over Extortion Definition

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday canceled the scheduled start of the trial of a pair of Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor as prosecutors indicated they are open to dismissing the case, as long as a judge agrees to preserve their rights to appeal his definition of extortion.

  • March 21, 2018

    Pa., W. Va. Regulators Sign Off On $2.8B Casino Merger

    Penn National Gaming Inc. received approval Wednesday from Pennsylvania and West Virginia regulators for its planned $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., the company said in a public announcement.

  • March 21, 2018

    Name Of Ex-US Atty In Affair Should Stay Private, DOJ Says

    The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office cited privacy concerns Wednesday in telling a judge that it should not be compelled to reveal the name of a retired U.S. attorney who engaged in a romantic relationship with a subordinate, after a news organization sued claiming the public has a right to know.

  • March 21, 2018

    O'Reilly, Fox News Ask Court To Nix Defamation Suit

    Fox News and former anchor Bill O’Reilly asked a New York federal court Tuesday to toss defamation and other claims brought by three women who had previously reached settlement agreements over their alleged mistreatment by O'Reilly, saying some claims lack merit while others fall under the purview of arbitration agreements.

  • March 21, 2018

    Mobile Carriers Press For FCC Review Of Verizon Deal

    A mobile carrier trade group has bolstered its request that the FCC reverse a $3.1 billion deal that let Verizon acquire valuable 5G-primed spectrum, saying in a Tuesday filing the agency didn’t properly evaluate whether spectrum aggregator Straight Path Communications’ holdings should have been auctioned instead of sold.

  • March 21, 2018

    Feds, Tribe Urge DC Circ. Not To Rethink Casino Ruling

    The federal government and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians each urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday not to reconsider its decision to affirm a lower court ruling tossing a challenge to the tribe's proposed California casino, saying a nonprofit group hadn’t shown there was any need for an en banc rehearing.

  • March 21, 2018

    Charter Faces Fine, Possible NYC Ban Over Merger Breach

    New York state intends to fine Charter Communications Inc. $1 million and investigate whether to revoke the cable giant’s permission to do business in New York City for failing to fulfill promises to expand broadband service and pay full licensing fees.

  • March 21, 2018

    Pai Says Net Neutrality Repeal Will Expand Internet Access

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai trumpeted the FCC’s controversial decision to repeal Obama-era regulations on internet service providers known as net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, saying the new looser regulatory regime will spur investment in broadband deployment.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dossier Author Can Be Deposed In BuzzFeed Libel Suit

    A judge in England on Wednesday ordered former British spy Christopher Steele to answer questions regarding a dossier he compiled containing allegations Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump, saying he can give limited testimony in a Russian billionaire's defamation suit against BuzzFeed in the United States.

  • March 21, 2018

    Bloomberg Says OT Damages For NY, Calif. Classes Individual

    Bloomberg LP asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to decertify classes of California- and New York-based help desk representatives who alleged the company wrongfully exempted them from overtime pay, arguing that damages would have to be determined on an individual basis.

  • March 21, 2018

    9th Circ. Says 'Blurred Lines' Infringed Copyright

    A split Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld a verdict that the 2013 chart-topper “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyright to Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Got To Give It Up,” rejecting warnings from a dissenting judge that the ruling “strikes a devastating blow to future musicians.”

  • March 20, 2018

    Facebook Shareholders Sue Over Data Firm Tied To Trump

    Facebook investors hit the social media behemoth with a stock-drop suit in California federal court Tuesday, alleging that it made misleading claims about its use of user data, which blew up this month when its alleged relationship to a Trump-linked data firm was made public.

  • March 20, 2018

    Virtual Reality Legal Concerns On The Rise, Survey Finds

    As augmented and virtual reality offerings continue to expand, companies are paying more attention to the legal issues raised by the emerging technology, including the potential for disputes in the areas of consumer data collection and use, personal injuries and property damage, and patent infringement, according to a survey released Tuesday by Perkins Coie LLP.

  • March 20, 2018

    FX Slams De Havilland’s ‘Feud’ Portrayal Suit On Appeal

    FX Networks and the producers of “Feud: Bette and Joan” urged a California appeals court on Tuesday to toss Olivia de Havilland’s suit alleging the docudrama dirties and improperly profits off her name, arguing the First Amendment clearly protects their right to use artistic license in portraying the 101-year old actress.

  • March 20, 2018

    Pay-TV Cos. Urge FCC To Study Impact Of Broadcast Mergers

    The American Cable Association on Monday urged the Federal Communications Commission to conduct an economic analysis before enacting a proposed rule change that would ease restrictions on national broadcast station ownership, in order to assess the impact on cable and satellite providers.  

  • March 20, 2018

    Streaming Services To Factor In AT&T-Time Warner Challenge

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a D.C. federal court on Tuesday that internet video distributors like Netflix and Google’s YouTube TV are not replacements for pay-television services, while AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. countered that they need to do their deal to keep up with the new competitors.

  • March 20, 2018

    Sports Gambling Co. Slapped With Suit For Unsolicited Texts

    A Maryland sports wagering business violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to consumers and offering advice for picking the winners in the National Football League and other contests, a proposed class action lawsuit filed Monday in Georgia federal court alleged.

  • March 20, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Sues To Break Silence On Trump

    A former Playboy Playmate on Tuesday accused the National Enquirer’s owner of colluding with her then-lawyer to trick her into silence on her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, making her at least the second woman to resist a so-called hush agreement in California state court.

  • March 20, 2018

    US Film Cos. Defend $4.4M Award In Int’l Distribution Fight

    Two U.S. film companies urged a California federal court Monday not to vacate a $4.4 million international arbitration award issued against an Emirati company following a dispute over the rights to distribute movies in the Middle East, saying the Dubai-based distributor is attempting to relitigate the dispute.

  • March 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear Long-Running FM Station Sale Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday declined to rethink its decision upholding the 1996 sale of a Sacramento, California, radio station to Entercom after a circuit panel rejected the original owner’s latest attempt to block the license transfer in February.

Expert Analysis

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Don't Run Afoul Of NCAA Trademarks During March Madness

    Chas Rampenthal

    It’s tempting for your marketing campaign to get caught up in the frenzy that is the March collegiate basketball playoffs, but that isn’t a license to disregard the dangers of trademark infringement, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at Inc.

  • The Case For Early Mediation Or Arbitration In IP Disputes

    Jerry Cohen

    Alternative dispute resolution is one of the best ways to resolve disputes involving patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues. While not every situation lends itself to ADR, it is more accessible than many parties assume, says Jerry Cohen of Burns & Levinson LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • How Juries View Active Shooter Premises Liability

    Bliss Piverger

    Trial consultants Bliss Piverger and Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights Inc. discuss how jurors’ feelings about safety in the wake of a mass shooting can influence their views on lawsuits against premises owners, security companies, event organizers, gun manufacturers and social media platforms.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.