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Media & Entertainment

  • August 21, 2018

    Workers Serve NYC Celeb Chef A Suit Over Withheld Tips

    Celebrity chef Marc Murphy has been slapped with a proposed class action in New York state court alleging that staff members working events for his upscale Benchmarc catering company were denied tips, making only an hourly rate that for some was below minimum wage.

  • August 21, 2018

    Cards Against Humanity Ends Suit Over 'Trump' Game

    The founders of the Cards Against Humanity party game have agreed to end an infringement suit against a company it accused of selling a knockoff called "Humanity Hates Trump," according to an order on Monday in New York federal court.

  • August 21, 2018

    Ex-FIFA VP Asks For 6-Month Sentencing Delay

    Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president ordered to forfeit $6.7 million for his role in international soccer’s massive bribery scandal, asked a New York federal judge Monday to postpone his scheduled September sentencing for six months.

  • August 21, 2018

    Ex-Marketing Co. Execs End SEC Row Over Metrics For $1.4M

    Two former Endurance International Group Holdings Inc. executives cut a roughly $1.4 million deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to resolve allegations they overstated the Massachusetts-based online marketing company's subscriber base by over 424,000 subscriptions in its public filings.

  • August 21, 2018

    Hashtags Don't Mean Much, TTAB Says

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that pop star Will.i.am cannot register "#WILLPOWER" as a trademark, issuing a precedential opinion that the addition of a social media hash mark does little to make a trademark more distinctive.

  • August 20, 2018

    Gibson, Lender Say Claim Fight Can Wait Until Confirmation

    Bankrupt musical instrument maker Gibson Brands Inc. told a Delaware judge Monday that creditor GSO Capital agreed to put off a dispute over its claim until after the debtor's Chapter 11 plan is confirmed because the process for determining the exact amount of the claim would take too much time.

  • August 20, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive VidAngel's Claims Against Studios

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday denied VidAngel Inc.'s bid to revive antitrust counterclaims targeting Disney Enterprises Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC and other movie studios in a copyright suit against it, finding that the family-friendly streaming service hadn’t shown a conspiracy against it.

  • August 20, 2018

    Pa. Court Upholds Woman’s $2M Penalty For Stolen ‘Kiss’

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday tossed a civil judgment against a moving company that lost a valuable cast of famed Rodin statue "The Kiss," but the panel upheld a $1.8 million verdict against the woman who had the artwork hauled away without the owner's knowledge.

  • August 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Hears FCC Broke Laws In Net Neutrality Repeal

    Net neutrality advocates were due Monday to file briefs officially opposing the Trump administration’s reversal of rules that mandated internet service providers deliver all web traffic equally, with groups including Mozilla and Public Knowledge arguing that the FCC radically reversed course and acted illegally in doing so.

  • August 20, 2018

    Fla. Rapper Sentenced To 3 Years For $150K Tax Fraud

    A Tampa rap artist was sentenced Friday in Florida federal court to three years behind bars for running a tax refund scheme that bilked nearly $150,000 from the IRS while he was a student at Tallahassee Community College.

  • August 20, 2018

    Consultant Sues Facebook Over Fake Account

    A management consultant and academic sued Facebook Inc. in Florida federal court Friday, alleging the social media company should be liable for damage caused to his reputation by an imposter who pretended to be him on the site and listed mocking personal details, including that he was educated at the “Prostitute University of Dallas.”

  • August 20, 2018

    Stephen King Fights Partial Win Bid In Comic Book IP Row

    Stephen King urged a Florida federal judge on Monday to reject a bid for an early win by the nephew of a comic book writer who claims King ripped off his uncle's “The Rook” time-traveling comic books to create the Roland Deschain character in King’s “Dark Tower” series.

  • August 20, 2018

    ISP Says Record Cos. Want It To Be ‘Copyright Police’

    Grande Communications warned a Texas federal judge Friday that Universal Music Group and a host of other recording companies are trying to make internet service providers their “de facto copyright enforcement agents.”

  • August 20, 2018

    PopSugar Seeks To Nip Instagram Influencer's IP Class Action

    PopSugar Inc. urged a California federal court on Friday to toss a law degree-holding Instagram influencer’s proposed class action over allegedly copied posts, arguing that she can’t accuse them of copyright infringement without proving that she registered the copyrights before filing suit.

  • August 20, 2018

    Ex-NFL Players Can't Sue EA Over 'Madden' Game As A Class

    A California federal judge has ruled that retired players cannot collectively sue Electronic Arts Inc. for featuring them in Madden NFL video games without authorization, a major victory for the game maker after years of litigation.

  • August 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. OKs Fee Win For Timberlake, Spears In Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld an award of $737,000 in attorneys’ fees to pop stars Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, agreeing with a lower court that a failed patent suit against them over display technology was unreasonable and weak.

  • August 20, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Case Against CBS Over Pre-1972 Songs

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived a lawsuit against CBS over radio broadcasts of so-called pre-1972 recordings, overturning a novel ruling that “remastered” versions of old tracks are entirely new copyrighted songs.

  • August 20, 2018

    Comcast Beats $75M Antitrust Suit Over Ad Platform

    An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to Comcast in a $75 million suit alleging the cable giant refused to do business with advertisers unless they used the company’s own advertising system, finding it wasn’t anti-competitive for Comcast to refuse to do business with a smaller advertising firm.

  • August 17, 2018

    Disney May Not Be Magical For Autistic Guests: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit revived 30 consolidated lawsuits alleging Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. fails to properly accommodate guests with autism by making them wait for rides, ruling Friday that a bench trial should decide whether those visitors have access to the same experience as nonautistic patrons.

  • August 17, 2018

    Cooley Adds Ex-Boies Schiller Trial Partner In NY

    Cooley LLP said Thursday that it has hired a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP trial partner with experience representing financial institutions and sports and entertainment clients in securities and antitrust litigation, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations, bolstering its offerings in New York.

Expert Analysis

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Extra Protection For Press In Law Enforcement Investigations

    Thomas Barnard

    When the FBI seized a New York Times journalist’s phone and email records earlier this year, the press was outraged. The authority to seize documents from a reporter has a higher threshold of approval than for normal investigations, and the failure to follow those requirements has a unique statutory remedy, say Thomas Barnard and Macy Climo of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • When Antitrust Conspiracy Cases Merit Summary Judgment

    George Gordon

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in Anderson News v. American Media clarifies the application of summary judgment standards in antitrust conspiracy cases, including with respect to how record and expert evidence is analyzed, say George Gordon and Thomas Miller of Dechert LLP.