Media & Entertainment

  • September 20, 2017

    New Group Aims To Protect American IP In Trade Deals

    Trade associations from the entertainment, art, medical and technology industries announced a new partnership Tuesday with a mission to advance creativity and innovation while facing the challenge of enforcing their intellectual property internationally.

  • September 20, 2017

    As 3rd NAFTA Negotiation Looms, Calls For Change Pour In

    Industry groups and lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren have ramped up calls this week for what a new North American Free Trade Agreement should look like, as trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are set to meet this weekend for a third round of negotiations.

  • September 20, 2017

    DLA, Baker Slam Philly Firm's Fraud And Excess Fee Suit

    A Philadelphia-based personal injury firm wants to establish a new and flawed standard for a lawyer's duty to predict defeat in a lawsuit, DLA Piper said in a Tuesday filing in Pennsylvania, while BakerHostetler argued that the firm's suit was targeting work largely done at DLA Piper.

  • September 20, 2017

    Financier Named In 'Frivolous' Fox News Suit Seeks Sanctions

    A wealthy Trump supporter accused of pushing a bogus murder conspiracy story on Fox News asked a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday to impose sanctions against a private investigator at the center of the dispute and his attorney for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

  • September 20, 2017

    You Can Send A Cease-And-Desist And Not Be Jerk About It

    In-house lawyers at Netflix won the company praise this week with a charming cease-and-desist letter they sent to an unauthorized “Stranger Things”-themed pop-up bar, reminding trademark attorneys everywhere that doom-and-gloom boilerplate isn’t always the right approach.

  • September 20, 2017

    Gordon Ramsay Must Give Up Docs On Caesars Restaurants

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge Wednesday ordered celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay to turn over documents covering plans for restaurants with Caesars, saying that the television personality is at the center of a dispute involving the casino giant as it nears the end of its Chapter 11 saga.

  • September 20, 2017

    Bally Slots Owner Drops $628M On Gambling Software Co.

    Gambling product provider Scientific Games Corp., which owns slot machine maker Bally Technologies Inc., has struck a deal to scoop up digital gambling software company NYX Gaming Group Ltd. for roughly $628.3 million to create a digital gambling and lottery powerhouse, the pair announced on Wednesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Fox's $14B Sky Merger Referred To UK Watchdog For Probe

    The United Kingdom’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport referred on Wednesday 21st Century Fox Inc.'s $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC to the government’s regulatory watchdog, asking the agency to examine how the deal could impact broadcasting standards across the country.

  • September 20, 2017

    Florida Strip Clubs Can't Duck Models' False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out a consolidated class action brought by professional models against several Florida strip clubs that allegedly used photos of them on social media without their consent, ruling the clubs’ attempt to toss the suit relies on arguments rejected in similar suits.

  • September 20, 2017

    CONMEBOL Escapes Soccer Tournament Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday allowed South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL to escape a television channel’s bribery lawsuit over game day rights awarded to units of 21st Century Fox Inc. for soccer tournaments, saying the organization cannot be held responsible for the actions of its officers.

  • September 20, 2017

    Leak Suspect Seeks Release Pending Trial

    A former government contractor accused of leaking classified information to a media outlet asked a Georgia federal judge Tuesday to reconsider her request for release on bail while she awaits her criminal trial, saying newly available facts support her request for conditional surrender.

  • September 20, 2017

    The Road To Cox's 10th Circ. Win In Set-Top Box Tying Case

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the defeat of a $6.3 million verdict against Cox Communications Inc. in litigation accusing the company of tying its premium cable services to rentals of its set-top boxes, the latest development in a serpentine proceeding that has stretched longer than eight years. Here, Law360 runs down some of the milestones in the proceedings.

  • September 20, 2017

    Mel Gibson Film's Director Claims Movie Co. Infringed His IP

    The screenwriter and director of "The Professor and the Madman," starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, sued a Hollywood production company in California federal court Tuesday, claiming the Academy Award-winning company willfully infringed his copyrights to the film's screenplay and defamed him.

  • September 19, 2017

    Split 2nd Circ. Revives UVA Frat Brothers' Defamation Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived part of a defamation suit against journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone over a false article detailing a violent rape culture at the University of Virginia, finding in a split decision that two fraternity brothers’ claims were plausible enough to move forward.

  • September 19, 2017

    Fox Says Contributor Can't Sue Over 'Pre-Approved' Quotes

    A Fox News contributor can’t bring a defamation suit against the company based on quotes he pre-approved and repeated himself on other shows, Fox told a New York federal court Monday in hopes of dismissing a suit related to a now-retracted article about the killing of a Democratic National Committee aide.

  • September 19, 2017

    PR Firm's Ex-CFO Charged With Embezzling $3.6M

    The former chief financial officer of an international marketing and public relations firm was charged Tuesday with embezzling $3.6 million from the company during his 10-year tenure, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

  • September 19, 2017

    Online Dating Scammer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

    A man who posed on dating sites as a millionaire to elicit confidential financial information and steal victims' identities has pled guilty to two counts, New York federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Kessler Topaz To Lead Consolidated Snap Investor Suit

    A proposed class of investors accusing Snapchat maker Snap Inc. of misleading them about the app's user growth will be led by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP in a securities fraud suit that was consolidated by a California federal judge on Monday.

  • September 19, 2017

    SF Judge Blasts Barbizon Attys Over Interview Tactics

    A San Francisco judge on Monday blasted lawyers representing a Barbizon teen modeling company and a talent business for deceiving interviewees into providing “feedback” on their experiences without being clear that the companies face a proposed class action where the interviewees may be plaintiffs.

  • September 19, 2017

    Taylor Swift Hit With Fresh Suit Over 'Shake It Off'

    A pair of songwriters accused Taylor Swift, Sony ATV and Universal Music Group of ripping off lyrics from a 2001 hit song they’d penned, saying Monday that even though “Shake It Off’s” use of the lyrics wasn’t exactly the same, they still violated the songwriters’ copyright.

Expert Analysis

  • '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.

  • An Update On China's Cybersecurity Law, 3 Months In

    Sarah Zhao

    Since the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect, the government has begun strengthening enforcement actions and adopting additional measures, including an entirely online court dedicated to internet-related disputes, in order to show its determination to give teeth to the new law, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.