Media & Entertainment

  • September 22, 2017

    Cop’s Dallas Shooting Suit Against Twitter On Thin Ice

    A California federal judge seem poised Friday to toss a Dallas police sergeant's suit alleging Twitter, Facebook and Google gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July 2016, saying the causal link between social media posts and the shooting is tenuous.

  • September 22, 2017

    Attys Want $1.6M Cut Of App Privacy Deal With Tech Giants

    The attorneys who worked out a $5.3 million deal with tech companies including Twitter, Instagram and Yelp in a consolidated proposed class action over alleged user privacy violations asked a California federal judge Friday to award $1.6 million in fees for their work.

  • September 22, 2017

    EEOC Sues Ill. Casino For Firing Worker With Cancer

    A casino in Chicago’s northwest suburbs violated federal employment law when it denied an employee’s request for additional leave to receive cancer treatment and then fired the employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a recent suit. 

  • September 22, 2017

    Worker Who Left For HBO Can't Be Held To Unlawful Contract

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a software services company’s lawsuit alleging a worker violated her employment contract when she defected for Home Box Office Inc., ruling that the contract was invalid since the suing company unlawfully withheld wages during the worker’s training period.

  • September 22, 2017

    5 Firms To Guide IPOs Totaling $1.25B As Deals Gain Steam

    Five firms are set to steer a busy slate of six initial public offerings that could raise $1.25 billion during the week of Sept. 25, led by private-equity backed chemical producer PQ Group Holdings Inc. and digital streaming pioneer Roku Inc.

  • September 22, 2017

    Looming Net Neutrality Decision May Overtake FOIA Actions

    Freedom of Information Act complaints related to net neutrality are piling up in federal court, but the Federal Communications Commission may decide whether to roll back the legal underpinnings for its net neutrality rules before it releases documents that journalists and watchdogs claim are game-changers, experts say.

  • September 22, 2017

    Olympian Urges 2nd Circ. To Rethink NBC Royalty Row Ruling

    Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul on Thursday urged the Second Circuit to reconsider a decision affirming judgment for NBC in her royalty suit over a 1994 TV special, arguing that the ruling runs afoul of precedent from the appeals court itself and the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 22, 2017

    Voltage Beats TRO Bid In Mel Gibson Copyright Fight

    A California federal judge refused Friday to stop an Academy Award-winning production company from working on a still-unfinished Mel Gibson film project or shopping it around to potential buyers, finding that the director didn’t show a likelihood of success on the merits of his copyright infringement claims.

  • September 22, 2017

    Michael Jackson's Co. Can't Shrink Quincy Jones’ $9.4M Win

    A California judge Friday rebuffed a bid by Michael Jackson’s production company to slash a jury’s $9.4 million royalty damages award to Quincy Jones for work on the albums "Thriller," "Bad" and "Off the Wall," rejecting arguments that Jones’ main claims weren’t supported by trial evidence.

  • September 22, 2017

    Facebook Drops Nonvoting Stock Plan, Trial Is Canceled

    Facebook dropped its plans Friday to create a nonvoting class of stock that would have allowed CEO Mark Zuckerberg to retain control of the company while divesting 99 percent of his stake to charity, an about-face that scotched a Delaware Chancery Court trial scheduled for next week.

  • September 22, 2017

    Caesars Settles With Mississippi On $3M Claim In Ch. 11

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a state of Mississippi claim for $3.02 million in Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc.'s Chapter 11 reorganization, giving final approval to the parties' settlement stemming from the state's original request for $26.95 million.

  • September 21, 2017

    Gatorade Won’t Talk Trash About Water After Settlement

    In a $300,000 settlement with California, Gatorade has agreed not to show water unflatteringly in any advertisements, after releasing an app game that misleadingly depicted water as a hindrance to athletic performance, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Singapore's GIC Joins $909M Deal For Tokyo Disney Sheraton

    A joint venture of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Private Ltd. and Japanese real estate investment trust Invincible Investment Corp. is buying a Sheraton hotel near the Disney Resort in Tokyo for $909.1 million, according to separate announcements from the buyers Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Tribe Can't Dodge Arbitration In Labor Dispute, Union Says

    A union that represents casino employees hit back on Thursday at a bid by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians to suspend court-ordered arbitration in a labor dispute involving a tribal casino and two fired workers, telling a California federal judge the tribe is unduly delaying a swift resolution to the matter.

  • September 21, 2017

    Carnival Cruise Sued Over Passenger's Kidney Failure

    Carnival Cruise Lines was hit Wednesday in Florida federal court with a lawsuit by a passenger who alleges that she suffered a severe illness aboard the ship Imagination and went on to suffer kidney failure and septic shock as medical personnel and crew failed to treat her adequately and order an emergency evacuation.

  • September 21, 2017

    AGA Calls For Unity With Native Group On Sports Betting Ban

    The American Gaming Association on Thursday asked members of the National Indian Gaming Association to continue working alongside the AGA in its efforts to get the federal prohibition on sports gambling lifted.

  • September 21, 2017

    Sens. Ask FCC To Open Comment On New Net Neutrality Docs

    A coalition of nine Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to permit members of the public to comment on almost 50,000 newly released documents relating to the agency’s net neutrality proceedings, arguing that it is obligated to take stakeholder input into consideration.

  • September 21, 2017

    Preet Bharara Joins CNN, Dishes On Firing In New Podcast

    Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a contributor, the cable news network said Thursday, one day after the former prosecutor for the first time described in detail his March firing by President Donald Trump.

  • September 21, 2017

    1,300 Bloomberg NY Reps Get Cert. In Unpaid OT Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday certified a class of more than 1,300 Bloomberg LP New York-based customer support representatives in a lawsuit accusing the media company of violating state and federal overtime laws, finding that the group has shown that they were all injured by the same action.

  • September 21, 2017

    FCC's Pai Responds To Sinclair Favoritism Questions

    In response to questions from lawmakers about his connection to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded by defending previous meetings with the media behemoth’s executives and clarifying a proposed rulemaking that would grow the company’s empire.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Managing Digital Vendor Risk — The Next Compliance Frontier

    Chris Olson

    Unfortunately, heightened awareness of third-party cyberrisk and the urgency of identifying third-party activity has not fully extended to the consumer-facing digital assets — websites, mobile applications, social media — that form the backbone of modern business-to-consumer communications, says Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust.

  • Preparing For Art-Related Claims After Hurricane Harvey

    Jamie Baker

    Texas insurers will face many new and challenging questions regarding Hurricane Harvey and art-related claims. Damage to fine art often involves unique claim facts due to the nature of the asset at risk, and there is a dearth of case law interpreting fine art insurance issues in general, says Jamie Baker of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP.

  • Finding The Unicorn In Lender Liability Litigation

    Jerry Blanchard

    Investors frequently talk about trying to find the next unicorn, that small startup company that is going to turn into a billion-dollar valuation. The New Jersey district court's recent decision in PNC Bank v. Star Group offers debtors counsel hope that a unicorn has finally arrived in the lender liability context, says Jerry Blanchard of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Supreme Court Precedent Sets Rules For Regulating Protests

    Donald Scarinci

    While we can denounce the hatred spewed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, we can’t silence them. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has a long-line of cases addressing when hate speech is afforded First Amendment protection, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • What's New In FTC Endorsement Guides

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently addressed more than 20 endorsement-related questions relevant to influencers and marketers on topics like tags in pictures, disclosures in Snapchat and Instagram, and the use of hashtags. In this video, Brian Heidelberger of Winston & Strawn LLP breaks down the updated guidance.

  • Charting A Course To Business Judgment Review

    Stacy Nettleton

    The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision to dismiss a shareholder suit challenging the sale of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia confirms that there is a path to business judgment rule review, at the pleading stage, of third-party mergers of controlled companies where disparate consideration creates a conflict for the controlling stockholder, say Stacy Nettleton and Christie Di Guglielmo of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • A Closer Look At 9th Circ. Video Filtering Copyright Ruling

    Jim Burger

    Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, recently decided by the Ninth Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy.” This is far from the truth. Instead, copyright law served to vindicate a small Utah company that pioneered filtering and adhered to the law, says Jim Burger of Thompson Coburn LLP.