Media & Entertainment

  • February 21, 2017

    Bankrupt Big Apple Circus Gets A Safety Net After Sale OK'd

    The show might go on, now that a New York bankruptcy court has signed off on defunct nonprofit Big Apple Circus Ltd.’s $1.3 million sale to a Florida-based investment firm that plans to continue Big Apple’s iconic circus shows.

  • February 21, 2017

    New Zealand Court OKs Kim Dotcom's Extradition To US

    A New Zealand court on Monday ruled that Megaupload Ltd. founder and accused online piracy kingpin Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S., saying while Dotcom's alleged copyright offenses don't warrant removal to the U.S., he can still be extradited for fraud.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices Nix TM Appeal Over Oprah's 'Own Your Power'

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case in which a motivational speaker with limited rights over the phrase "Own Your Power" sued Oprah Winfrey for alleged trademark infringement for her use of the expression.

  • February 21, 2017

    Facebook Seeks 9th Circ. Take In Birthday Text Row

    Facebook asked a California federal judge Friday to certify for appeal his refusal to toss a putative class action claiming text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying the technology used to send the messages and the constitutionality of the law itself are both ripe for appeal.

  • February 21, 2017

    Feds Say They Can Point To Gambler's Apple, Clorox Trades

    Federal prosecutors filed two memorandums Friday in New York federal court seeking to prohibit prominent gambler Billy Walters from bringing evidence of “good acts” to defend insider trading charges and to allow them to proffer evidence of suspicious trades in Apple and Clorox stocks not at issue in the criminal case.

  • February 21, 2017

    Philly Controller Escapes 'Slush Fund' Slander Suit

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit accusing Philadelphia's city controller of defaming a former city official with remarks about a so-called slush fund in which money primarily from the Philadelphia Marathon was used to pay for pet projects of former Mayor Michael Nutter.

  • February 21, 2017

    Group Blasts Industry Move Against FCC Transparency Rules

    Broadband providers are inappropriately seeking to evade stepped-up transparency rules under an exemption meant for small providers, an open internet advocacy organization warned the Federal Communications Commission in a filing made public Friday, saying that their request for broad relief for all providers would effectively kill the rules.

  • February 21, 2017

    Kanye Says Copyright Deposition Demand Is 'Harassment'

    Demands that Kanye West travel to New York for a deposition on copyright accusations are “pure harassment” designed to “extract settlement leverage,” the superstar’s attorneys told a federal court Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Senate Antitrust Heads Want Probe Of AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    Senate antitrust leaders urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday to weigh whether AT&T's proposed $84.5 billion merger with Time Warner would give the telecom giant incentive to thwart rivals, saying “the stakes for consumers are high.”

  • February 21, 2017

    Gawker Says $3.7M IRS, NYC Tax Claims Could Hold Up Ch. 11

    Gawker Media LLC told a Manhattan bankruptcy judge Friday that it should not have to set aside $2.5 million in potential liabilities to the IRS or $1.2 million for New York City tax collectors, arguing that it has paid the federal government in full and owes the city a maximum of $9,250.

  • February 21, 2017

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    As Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai approaches one month into his chairmanship, industry stakeholders have begun lobbying the new FCC, advocating on issues such as how to distribute universal service funds and make way for 5G infrastructure. Here, Law360 looks at the top four groups that have filed ex partes in the last month.

  • February 21, 2017

    Dr. Seuss Copyright Threat Against Play A 'Shot In Dark'

    The producers of an unauthorized Dr. Seuss play are once again blasting the late author’s estate for threatening to sue for copyright infringement without ever having read the script, accusing it of “shooting in the dark first, and asking questions later.”

  • February 21, 2017

    Goodwin Adds Prominent IP Partner Chatterjee From Orrick

    Goodwin Procter LLP has hired prominent intellectual property trial lawyer Neel Chatterjee from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, adding his experience working with technology powerhouses like Facebook Inc., Oracle Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to the firm’s Silicon Valley roster, the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Biz News Outlet Fights Order To Reveal Coal Co. Sources

    Reorg Research Inc. is appealing a New York state judge's recent ruling that Murray Energy Corp. can obtain confidential sources used by the company to report on the coal giant's debt restructuring efforts because it wasn't a journalism outlet eligible for protection by the state's shield law.

  • February 21, 2017

    Yahoo Shareholders Sue Over Massive Data Breaches

    A group of Yahoo Inc. shareholders has filed a derivative complaint in Delaware Chancery Court claiming the company breached its fiduciary duty by failing to properly alert consumers that nearly 1.5 billion of its users’ data was stolen by hackers, which was disclosed late last year.

  • February 21, 2017

    Google, YouTube Beat Claims Over Booting Singer's Video

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a complaint from indie pop musician Darnaa against Google Inc. and YouTube LLC alleging they unlawfully took down her music video after suspecting inflated view counts, saying her claim was barred by a terms of service agreement.

  • February 21, 2017

    DC Judge Says NIGC Followed Order In Tribal Gaming Dispute

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday declined to find that the National Indian Gaming Commission violated a court order directing the agency to reconsider its rejection of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe’s bid to conduct gambling, saying the NIGC acted “in substantial compliance” with the order.

  • February 21, 2017

    FCC Was Right To Drop Set-Top Box Plan, Legislator Says

    Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., has praised a move by the new Federal Communications Commission head to pull back on an Obama-era plan to open up competition in the set-top box market.

  • February 21, 2017

    High Court Denies Cert. In Newspaper Union Practice Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of a decision upholding a National Labor Relations Board's ruling that a union representing New York Times and New York Post employees engaged in unfair labor practices by not telling nonunion members they didn't need to pay full dues and engaging in hiring based on union membership.

  • February 21, 2017

    Comcast Sheds Disparate Impact Claim In Race Bias Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a Civil Rights Act claim from class allegations that Comcast allowed racial discrimination against a black employee, pointing to his failure to properly pursue the matter with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Responding To A Politician’s Social Media Attack

    Arthur H. Kohn

    Rhetorical attempts by politicians to influence the conduct of private enterprise — commonly referred to as “jawboning” — are an old political tactic. But the nature and frequency of jawboning in the current environment makes this a serious issue for boards and management at a wide variety of public companies, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 14, It's Classified

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • What You Need To Know About 'Unrestricted Subsidiaries'

    Michael Friedman

    Investments in “unrestricted subsidiaries” are an exception to investment covenants and are being increasingly used in restructuring a company’s capital structure. Before purchasing any debt, distressed investors need to be mindful of what unrestricted subsidiaries are and how they may affect the overall credit of a company or debt recoveries, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.