Media & Entertainment

  • October 03, 2022

    High Court Won't Review Suit Over Raiders' Oakland Exit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a suit from the city of Oakland, California, seeking to recover alleged losses from the NFL and the Raiders over the team's 2020 move to Las Vegas.

  • October 03, 2022

    Trump Slaps CNN With $475M Defamation Suit

    Former President Donald Trump lodged a defamation suit against CNN on Monday accusing the cable news outlet of trying to defeat him politically ahead of a potential 2024 presidential run by labeling him as "racist," a "Russian lackey," an "insurrectionist" and "Hitler," and seeks punitive damages of $475 million.

  • October 03, 2022

    FCC Wants More Info On Tegna's $8.6B Go-Private Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission wants more information on Tegna Inc.'s $8.6 billion deal to go private with hedge fund Standard General, four months after a similar request as the agency looks into the agreement's public interest ramifications.

  • October 03, 2022

    Calif. Restricts Use Of Rap Lyrics In Criminal Trials

    Prosecutors will no longer be able to use rap music lyrics as evidence to show criminal intent in trials in California, thanks to the passage of the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act.

  • October 03, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    What do drones, electric cars, eggs, chocolate and time-wasting have in common? They're all part of the news out of Delaware Chancery Court this week. And that's not even counting all the disputes between Twitter Inc. and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, which are ratcheting up as the Oct. 17 trial over the scuttled $44 billion deal approaches.

  • October 03, 2022

    EBay Stalking Victims Say Harassment Started At The Top

    A Massachusetts couple who were the victims of a bizarre cyberstalking campaign carried out by eBay Inc. employees say a pair of recent criminal sentencing hearings for the conspirators show the company's top brass were in on the harassment campaign.

  • October 03, 2022

    Major Gov't Union Endorses Biden's Stalled FCC Nominee

    A major union that represents thousands of government employees has endorsed President Joe Biden's selection to fill the last empty seat on the Federal Communications Commission.

  • October 03, 2022

    Cozen O'Connor Launches Strategic Communications Group

    Cozen O'Connor has hired attorney and communications expert Tilden Katz to launch its strategic communications/reputation management practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • October 03, 2022

    King & Spalding Finds Rampant Abuse In US Women's Soccer

    Coaches in the National Women's Soccer League have engaged in widespread sexual misconduct and verbal and emotional abuse, according to an independent investigation released Monday that was led by former U.S. deputy attorney general and current King & Spalding LLP partner Sally Yates.

  • October 03, 2022

    Activist Must Pay Atty Fees To Muslim Group, 11th Circ. Says

    The 11th Circuit has affirmed that political activist and commentator Laura Loomer and her corporation, Illoominate Media Inc., should have to pay more than $124,000 in attorney fees to a Muslim advocacy group after claiming they had a hand in Twitter banning Loomer's account.

  • October 03, 2022

    Trump Fights Fast Appeal Of Mar-A-Lago Special Master Order

    Former President Donald Trump told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday that there is no need for an expedited review of a Florida federal judge's decision to appoint a special master to screen documents seized at his Mar-a-Lago estate, saying he would be prejudiced if the appeal is expedited.

  • October 03, 2022

    Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Puerto Rico Finance Docs

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the appeal by Puerto Rico's fiscal board of a First Circuit ruling that it does not have immunity to a lawsuit by a journalist group seeking access to its records.

  • October 03, 2022

    Supreme Court To Review Broad Immunity For Big Tech

    The Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the broad legal immunity afforded to internet companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, taking up a suit claiming YouTube recommended ISIS propaganda that spawned a terrorist attack.

  • October 03, 2022

    Conflict Sinks Special Master Plan For Musk-Twitter Disputes

    An "unanticipated conflict" scuttled plans to appoint retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi as special master for remaining discovery disputes in Elon Musk's attempt to terminate his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, with Delaware Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick taking on some of his anticipated duties.

  • October 03, 2022

    Kim Kardashian Settles SEC Crypto Case For $1.26M

    Kim Kardashian has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and give back $260,000 she earned by touting cryptocurrency asset EthereumMax without disclosing she was a paid endorser, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday morning.

  • September 30, 2022

    Meta Snags Injunction, Agrees To Drop Data Scraping Claims

    Meta Platforms Inc. on Friday agreed to abandon its remaining claims against a pair of companies it says illegally scraped user data, part of a deal in which the defendant companies have agreed to abide by a permanent injunction blocking them from harvesting data from Meta apps Facebook or Instagram without permission.

  • September 30, 2022

    DOJ Seeks Quick Appeal Of Mar-A-Lago Special Master Order

    The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to expedite review of a Florida federal judge's decision to appoint a special master to screen documents seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate for attorney-client and executive privilege.

  • September 30, 2022

    The 5 Biggest Cases This Supreme Court Term

    The reversal of constitutional abortion protections last term has court watchers wondering: Is affirmative action next? But the lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina are far from the only blockbusters on the docket in what is likely to be another landslide term for conservatives. Here, Law360 breaks down five cases to watch. 

  • September 30, 2022

    WWE, Take-Two Must Pay $4K In First-Ever Tattoo IP Trial

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. must pay a tattoo artist nearly $4,000 after an Illinois federal jury Friday determined in a first-of-its-kind trial that the depiction of her tattoos on professional wrestler Randy Orton in a video game was not fair use of her copyrights.

  • September 30, 2022

    Congressional Dems Urge FTC To Revamp Kids' Privacy Rule

    Four congressional Democrats are pressing the Federal Trade Commission to forge ahead with an update to its children's online privacy rule, less than two weeks after one FTC commissioner revealed that he was waiting for Congress to act rather than pushing for the revisions. 

  • September 30, 2022

    SEC Says Duo Illegally Traded On Pilfered Press Releases

    U.S. and Canadian securities authorities on Friday accused two former employees of a corporate press release distribution service of illegally profiting from the unpublished news releases of companies like Tesla Inc. and Autozone Inc.

  • September 30, 2022

    High Court Urged To Curb State Secrets Privilege in Spy Suits

    A coalition of legal, privacy and technology groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the Wikimedia Foundation's case challenging a National Security Agency mass surveillance program, saying the state secrets privilege was wrongly used to quash the case.

  • September 30, 2022

    Albright Says Amazon Foe's Patents Are Invalid Under Alice

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright told a patent licensing business on Friday the patents it asserted against Amazon that cover a way of programming TVs to recommend certain shows are similar to patents that were axed by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Alice decision.

  • September 30, 2022

    Calif. Event Production Co.'s COVID-19 Coverage Bid Tossed

    An event production company lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage Friday as a California federal judge found that it wasn't eligible for losses from either government shutdowns or the presence of the virus on its property.

  • September 30, 2022

    SXSW Loses Bid For Coverage Of Ticket Refund Class Action

    The organizers of the South by Southwest festival can't get coverage for an underlying lawsuit brought by refund-seeking ticket holders following the coronavirus-triggered cancellation of the 2020 event after a federal judge adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation that a contract exclusion bars coverage.

Expert Analysis

  • Penn State TM Case's Impact On Merchandising And Beyond

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    The trademark infringement battle between Penn State and Vintage Brand over selling merchandise containing the school's trademarks raises the issue of whether designs on apparel serve as source identifiers for the goods themselves — and could significantly affect trademark law and the merchandising industry, say Cheryl Howard and David Ervin at Crowell & Moring.

  • 2nd Circ. Trump Ruling Is A Tale Of 2 Statutory Interpretations

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    In Carroll v. Trump, a split Second Circuit used tried-and-true methods of statutory interpretation to rule the 45th president was a U.S. employee, showing that reasonable minds can reach opposite conclusions concerning the meaning of a statute, say David McTaggart and Kevin Savarese at Duane Morris.

  • Exploring Publicity Rights For Virtual Avatars

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    Advertising in the virtual world raises intellectual property issues — and although existing case law does not address a persona right for an avatar, it's only a matter of time before an aggrieved third party will assert a right of publicity claim based on the unauthorized use of his or her avatar, says Matthew Savare at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Implications Of SEC's Latest Insider Trading Charges

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently settled insider trading charges against officers of a mobile internet company highlights the danger of setting up Rule 10b5-1 plans while even arguably in possession of material nonpublic information, and provides some clues about proposed changes to the rules governing such plans, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • 4 Strategies For Drafting Effective Consumer Breach Notices

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    Businesses should consider key strategies when drafting consumer breach notification letters, such as knowing their audience and what is on their mind, and prioritizing user-friendliness and tone, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • High Court Likely To Review Social Media Speech Censorship

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    In light of the circuit split on whether two state laws intended to prohibit social media platforms from censoring speech violate the First Amendment — and Justice Samuel Alito's recent dissent in support of U.S. Supreme Court review — it's very probable that at least one of the laws at issue will head to the high court, say attorneys at Cahill Gordon.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Civil Suit Trends Cos. Can Expect From State AG Enforcement

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    Companies can prepare for possible future claims from private plaintiffs and manage litigation risks by understanding the priorities and enforcement trends of state attorneys general — from greenwashing to missed commitments on diversity, equity and inclusion, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Twitter Whistleblower Claim Is Cautionary Tale For Employers

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    A former Twitter executive's recent whistleblower complaint should serve as a wake-up call for organizations employing cybersecurity professionals to respond quickly when concerns over security practices are raised, lest they face litigation, regulatory activity and reputational harm, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • AI Artists Highlight Need For Copyright Updates

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    As virtual musicians are generated in the age of artificial intelligence, the U.S. Copyright Office will be forced to clarify the limits of copyright protections, which are currently reserved only for human beings, say Sarkis Yeretsian and Jonathan Goins at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Precautions For New Wave Of Digital Privacy Class Actions

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    Consumer class actions attempting to expand existing laws to cover new online activities have recently targeted companies that use source code-based tools on their websites to interact with visitors — emphasizing the importance of transparency about information collection, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

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