Media & Entertainment

  • April 20, 2018

    'Smallville' Actor Booked On Claim Of Cult Sex Trafficking

    “Smallville” Actor Allison Mack was arrested Friday for her role in NXIVM, a purported self-help organization that some have called a cult, as she and the group’s founder face claims of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 20, 2018

    Michael Cohen Says FBI Raid Must Pause Stormy Daniels Row

    Counsel for longtime President Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen urged a California federal judge Friday to stay adult film star Stormy Daniels' suit over her agreement to keep quiet about a purported affair with Trump, arguing that the recent FBI raid of Cohen's office leaves him unable to defend the suit without imperiling his Fifth Amendment rights.

  • April 20, 2018

    Senator Wants Fines, Tighter Leash On Facebook By FTC

    A Democratic senator is pushing the Federal Trade Commission to fine and tighten its oversight of Facebook in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica harvested 87 million unwitting Facebook users’ data, while a privacy group is separately pressuring the commission to release the full versions of independent audits of Facebook’s privacy practices.

  • April 20, 2018

    Cosby Accuser Cites #MeToo In Bid For High Court Review

    Arguing the U.S. Supreme Court should rule that saying "me too" did not make her a public figure, a woman who has accused Bill Cosby of defamation petitioned for high court review Thursday in the case stemming from his claim that she lied about being raped by him.

  • April 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Skeptical Of FCC's Rationale To Restore UHF Break

    A D.C. Circuit panel grilled the Federal Communications Commission Friday over its revival of an obsolete technical distinction that lets broadcasters reach a higher percentage of U.S. households, as the FCC claimed “procedural discretion” for a holistic approach to address what it considers a too-restrictive cap on broadcaster reach.

  • April 20, 2018

    Brand Battles: Monster Fights 'Cleveland Monsters' Team

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Monster Energy Co. picks a fight with Cleveland's professional hockey team over a rebranded name, the New York Yankees and several other Major League Baseball teams launch new cases, and AARP gets angry about an acronym.

  • April 20, 2018

    Disney Workers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Valeant ERISA Suit

    Former Walt Disney Co. employees have urged the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit alleging their pension plan trustees breached a fiduciary duty by not monitoring a mutual fund’s investments in now-embattled Valeant, arguing the lower court incorrectly treated their allegations as stock-drop claims.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lauded Trial Lawyer Billy Martin Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Well-known in both the civil and criminal arenas, William “Billy” Martin has been named a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Models, Management Cos. Spar In NY Over Wage Suit

    A New York judge on Friday put tough questions to a fashion model who seeks to lead a class action over low pay by three management firms, telling her that her claims may be too vague but also telling the defendants that the suit may make it to discovery.

  • April 20, 2018

    Despite Fog, FCC's Net Neutrality Deregulation Still Pending

    Despite widespread confusion on when the FCC’s net neutrality deregulation will take effect, the Obama-era web management rules will remain in place until a White House office approves certain transparency requirements included in the deregulation package, agency officials have confirmed to Law360.

  • April 20, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Freshfields, Thompson, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Procter and Gamble bought Merck KGaA’s consumer health business for $4.2 billion, Icahn’s Tropicana sold its real estate assets to Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. and merged its gaming and hotel operation with Eldorado Resorts Inc. in a $1.85 million deal, and Shire sold its oncology business to Servier SAS for $2.4 billion.

  • April 20, 2018

    Heiress Accused Of Inheritance-Tax Dodge Gets Pretrial Win

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday awarded pretrial relief to an art consultant charged with dodging taxes on a $4 million inheritance, holding that statements made by her on tax returns, as well as her lawyer's statements in a related fight over government demands for foreign bank records, can't be used against her at trial.

  • April 20, 2018

    Philly's Satellite Dish Rules Are Too Broad, FCC Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission found little love for Philadelphia's ordinance restricting the placement of satellite dishes, ruling that the city’s law ran afoul of federal rules for placement of the devices.

  • April 19, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Returns To Deal's Arbitration Offer

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to AT&T’s proposed $85 billion Time Warner purchase again asked Thursday about an arbitration offer key to defense efforts to appease government antitrust concerns, wanting to know what AT&T’s CEO envisions after that offer expires.

  • April 19, 2018

    Oprah's 'Greenleaf' Show Infringes Copyright, Writers Say

    Two writers hit Oprah Winfrey, ABC and other media properties with a copyright infringement suit in California federal court Thursday, claiming they are the true brains behind the drama television series "Greenleaf.”

  • April 19, 2018

    MoMA Trustee Says Koons, Gagosian Delayed Art Deliveries

    Acclaimed sculptor Jeff Koons and art dealer Larry Gagosian were sued for more than $39 million by a Wall Street investor and Museum of Modern Art trustee Thursday over claims they failed to deliver three Koons sculptures on time as part of an alleged Ponzi-like scheme.

  • April 19, 2018

    Facebook To Shrink GDPR Liability With New Service Terms

    Facebook Inc. said Thursday that more than 1.5 billion users who had agreed to be governed by Irish law will be asked to sign new terms of service with its U.S. headquarters, in a shift that would push those users beyond the reach of the European Union's new data regime.

  • April 19, 2018

    Facebook, IRS Spar Over Right To Appeal Tax Adjustments

    Facebook Inc. and the IRS squared off in California federal court Thursday over the government’s bid to toss Facebook’s lawsuit claiming the tech giant is entitled to contest the IRS’ tax adjustments in its independent appeals office, with Facebook arguing that the appeals process could cut its taxes by billions.

  • April 19, 2018

    FCC's O’Rielly Wants To Accelerate Freeing Of 5G Spectrum

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly reiterated Thursday a desire to free as much spectrum with 5G applications as possible, and said in addition to 24 and 28 GHz auctions in November he’d like to see movement this summer toward opening satellite frequencies to wireless broadband use.

  • April 19, 2018

    AMC Can Update Bid To Kill Ex-'Walking Dead' Exec's Suit

    A New York court ruled Thursday that entertainment giant AMC could add to its arguments to defeat a $280 million suit brought by former "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont and others over royalties from the smash hit program.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • The Impact Of Tax Reform On Film, TV And Print Media: Part 2

    Michele Alexander

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has imposed new limitations on a corporation’s ability to take advantage of net operating losses. Certain changes will disproportionately affect media companies, impacting their debt restructuring, acquisition and disposition strategies, say Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis of Bracewell LLP in New York.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For Embedded Tweet Copyright Case

    Marcus Chatterton

    If the Second Circuit affirms the Goldman v. Breitbart decision that embedded content may constitute copyright infringement, it will create more burdens on publishers and journalists, and it may invite some creative defenses under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, says Marcus Chatterton of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.