Media & Entertainment

  • May 22, 2018

    Woman Says R. Kelly Trapped Her In Rooms, Gave Her Herpes

    R&B star R. Kelly sexually abused and bullied a woman 30 years his junior by repeatedly locking her in rooms and vehicles, filming her during sex without consent, and deliberately infecting her with herpes without telling her, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in New York state court.

  • May 22, 2018

    TV Station, Helicopter Co. To Pay $40M To End Crash Suit

    Two men who suffered serious injuries due to a deadly TV news helicopter crash in Seattle in 2014 agreed to a $40 million settlement to resolve their personal injury suits against the TV station, the helicopter operator and the estate of the deceased pilot, their attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Videology Floats $14.6M Ch. 11 Deal With Largest Customer

    Bankrupt advertising technology firm Videology Inc. proposed a settlement Tuesday with its largest customer that would pump $14.6 million into the company as it pursues a going-concern sale of its assets through its Chapter 11 case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Sens. Whose IDs Used In Fake FCC Posts Tell Pai To Fix Site

    Two senators, one from each party, have told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to fix a public commenting system that has let bots produce millions of fraudulent comments under stolen identities — including the identities of the senators themselves.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

  • May 22, 2018

    Poor Families Need 'Kid Vid' Programming Rules, Dems Say

    A group of Democratic senators has urged the Federal Communications Commission to keep intact its rules governing children's educational programming, saying that low-income households still rely on the free, over-the-air "kid vid" content amid a proliferation of streaming services and other online video sources.

  • May 22, 2018

    MoMa TM Not Famous Enough For Infringement, Cafe Claims

    Matcha Japanese tea powder aficionados operating Manhattan’s MoMaCha cafe urged a New York federal judge to toss the Museum of Modern Art’s claim alleging the cafe dilutes its trademarks, saying MoMa’s infringement suit fails to demonstrate its nickname, word marks and logo are truly famous.

  • May 22, 2018

    5th Circ. Sides With Viacom Over 'SpongeBob' Eatery

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a proposed "Krusty Krab" restaurant — the same name as a fictional burger joint in the Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob Squarepants" — would violate Viacom's trademark rights.

  • May 22, 2018

    EMI Escapes Frankie Valli's Song Rights Suit In California

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed Four Seasons crooner Frankie Valli’s suit accusing EMI Music Publishing Ltd. of holding the rights to his music “hostage,” finding that the London-based music publisher had not intentionally entered into a contractual relationship tying it to the Golden State.

  • May 22, 2018

    FCC Opens Comment Period On Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced it is moving forward with a public comment period on Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., setting the stage for the next phase of the controversial merger.

  • May 22, 2018

    Dr. Seuss Parody Creator Beats TM Claims In Larger Suit

    The creators of a parody mashup book combining Star Trek and Dr. Seuss won a ruling Monday dismissing trademark accusations over the title of the story, which a California federal judge said was protected by the First Amendment.

  • May 22, 2018

    EU Officials Grill Zuckerberg On Privacy, Antitrust, Legacy

    European lawmakers laid into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for his company’s data privacy failings and raised the prospect of breaking up the social network, which some suggested had amassed an unfair share of power online.

  • May 22, 2018

    Book Authors Say Judge's Defamation Suit Ignores Context

    A Pennsylvania state judge’s “slanted” reading of a book about an infamous murder trial he oversaw fatally undermines allegations he was defamed by the authors as a defense-friendly hack and a drunk, the book's authors argued in a Monday federal filing.

  • May 22, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Moves Toward Deal In Malpractice Battle

    A once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her bankruptcy trustee have called on a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court to dismiss her bankruptcy case in order to finalize a settlement in their malpractice action against her former attorney in state court.

  • May 21, 2018

    'X Factor' Winner's Hit Song Infringes, Irish Band Says

    British singer and X Factor winner James Arthur’s 2016 hit “Say You Won’t Let Go” ripped off The Script’s 2008 song “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” the Irish band alleged in California federal court Monday, claiming Arthur scored more than $20 million by infringing their copyright.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says NCAA Didn't Defame Ex-USC Coach

    A California state jury found Monday that the NCAA did not defame a former University of Southern California assistant football coach sanctioned for his part in the Reggie Bush scandal, according to attorneys for the NCAA.

  • May 21, 2018

    EMI Close To Shaking The Four Seasons' Music Rights Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively dismissed Four Seasons crooners Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio's suit alleging EMI Music is holding their music’s foreign distribution rights hostage, writing the Golden State court doesn't have jurisdiction over the dispute between the musicians' New York-based business entities and the London-based music publisher.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Investigating Cellphone Location-Tracking Co. After Leak

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating cellphone location data provider LocationSmart after a researcher discovered the company’s website was leaking location data that allowed for the tracking of any AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon phone in the United States without customer consent.

Expert Analysis

  • Spotlight On EU's Bold New Digital Economy Tax Ideas

    Stefanie Hardy

    As the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development attempts to craft a new digital services tax, two major concerns are the impact of the tax on U.S. companies operating within the European Union, which are estimated to make up approximately half the companies that would be hit by the tax, and the deterrence of high-tech investment in the EU, says Stefanie Hardy of Nauta Dutilh.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • 2 Court Standards For Statutory Damages In Copyright Cases

    Amy Fitts

    The recent District of Kansas decision in Energy Intelligence Group v. CHS McPherson Refinery highlights a circuit split regarding how courts determine the statutory damages available for copyright infringement where multiple copyrighted expressions are at issue, say Amy Fitts and Benton Keatley of Polsinelli PC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Going Public Without An IPO

    Laura Anthony

    Spotify made a big splash last month by debuting on the New York Stock Exchange without an initial public offering — an often-used going-public method on the OTC Markets that may now gain popularity on national exchanges as well. However, there are some fundamental differences between the direct listing processes for OTC Markets and for an exchange, says Laura Anthony of Legal & Compliance LLC.