Media & Entertainment

  • January 23, 2017

    Horizon, TWC Disputes Sketch Post-Spokeo Lines For Privacy

    The Third and Seventh circuits on Friday offered their conflicting takes on whether a claimed statutory privacy violation is enough to establish standing under the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo ruling, highlighting a potentially more welcoming atmosphere in the Third Circuit and placing a significant emphasis on exactly how a plaintiff's privacy rights were allegedly violated.

  • January 23, 2017

    Sen. Thune Pushes Net Neutrality ‘Legislative Solution’

    Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said Monday that he wants to find a bipartisan “legislative solution” to protecting the open internet, following repeated Republican criticism of the FCC’s order on net neutrality. 

  • January 23, 2017

    Spokeo User Says 9th Circ. Ruling Gives Him FCRA Standing

    The consumer suing Spokeo over its alleged reporting of inaccurate information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act on Monday directed the Ninth Circuit’s attention to a pair of recent appellate court decisions, including one by the Ninth Circuit, which he says confirms his own standing to sue.

  • January 23, 2017

    Tribe Loses Bid To Revive Challenge To Rival's Casino Plans

    A California federal judge on Monday rejected the Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community’s bid to resurrect its claims challenging another tribe’s proposed casino hotel, saying the Colusa’s attempt to rehash already-rejected arguments failed.

  • January 23, 2017

    9th Circ. Says Aereo Didn't Nix Copyright 'Volitional' Rule

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that adult website operator Perfect 10 Inc. couldn’t directly sue an online service provider over images illegally shared by users over its network, rejecting the argument that the U.S. Supreme Court's Aereo ruling had removed the so-called “volitional conduct” requirement for such claims.

  • January 23, 2017

    Jay Z's Entertainment Co. Gets Last Poaching Claim Axed

    Jay Z's Roc Nation LLC on Monday in Texas federal court won its bid to throw out the last claim against it in a suit accusing the entertainment company’s athlete marketing unit of poaching Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant from another marketer.

  • January 23, 2017

    Consumer Rights, Open Internet Under Threat, Group Says

    Advocacy group Public Knowledge pledged in an open letter Friday to fight anew for affordable communications and freedom of expression as President Donald Trump was sworn in and a GOP commissioner opposed to the 2015 Open Internet Order was selected as chairman.

  • January 23, 2017

    Mexican Grower, Distributor Clash On $1M Produce Award

    A Mexican grower whose failed relationship with a U.S. produce marketer led to six years of litigation and arbitration has urged an Arizona federal judge to convert its award into a $1.2 million judgment against the marketer.

  • January 23, 2017

    Energy Industry Site Says Ex-Exec Belongs In Conspiracy Suit

    An energy professional networking website urged a Texas federal judge Friday to keep a former executive in a suit claiming he conspired with others to steal information for a competitor's website, arguing it had adequately shown that he was a key member of the alleged conspiracy.

  • January 23, 2017

    Universal Food Stand Workers Say They Were Shorted On Pay

    Universal Studios Hollywood theme park food stand attendants have hit NBCUniversal with a suit in California state court under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging it failed to pay minimum wages for all hours worked and failed to provide meal and rest breaks in violation of California state labor law.

  • January 23, 2017

    Tribe Urges Judge To Block Rival's Calif. Casino Bid

    The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians asked a California federal judge on Friday to end another tribe’s bid to build a casino in Northern California, arguing that a tribe cannot force the state to allow gambling on a site that is not already set aside for it.

  • January 23, 2017

    CORRECTED: Photo Copyright Claims Against Dex Media Defeated

    Copyright infringement claims against the publisher of the Yellow Pages are dead, a Delaware judge ruled Thursday, because the owner of stock photos used in the directories has already litigated those claims and the court has already issued a ruling on the matter. Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the conclusion of the opinion. The story has been corrected.

  • January 23, 2017

    Sprint Buys 33% Stake In Jay Z's Tidal

    Sprint and rapper Jay Z’s Tidal have entered into a partnership that will see the telecom giant acquire a 33 percent stake in the music streaming service and give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers access to its content, the companies said Monday.

  • January 23, 2017

    Ariz. Gaming Head Fights Reconsideration Bid In Casino Row

    The head of Arizona's gambling department told a federal court Friday that it should not reconsider an order denying the Tohono O'odham Nation’s bid for a quick win in a suit over its right to offer Las Vegas-style gambling near Phoenix, saying the nation’s bid to have the court rethink the order is procedurally improper.

  • January 23, 2017

    AMC Ups European Presence With $929M Nordic Cinema Buy

    AMC Theaters has agreed to buy private equity-backed Nordic Cinema Group Holding AB in a deal worth 8.25 billion Swedish krona ($929 million), the companies said Monday, adding to AMC’s portfolio one of the largest theater operators in Europe.

  • January 23, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Irell & Manella

    Irell & Manella LLP delivered important litigation victories for CBS, Hulu and other clients and helped to ink major deals like Wanda Group’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Adds 6 Lommen Abdo Entertainment Attys

    Fox Rothschild LLP has announced that it has bolstered its entertainment law practice group with the addition of six high-profile attorneys from Lommen Abdo PA in its Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C., offices.

  • January 20, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP defended Rolling Stone in highly publicized cases concerning the magazine’s discredited article about an alleged gang rape — getting one suit tossed and damages slashed in another — and beat back a libel claim by a woman who alleged a fictional character was based on her, earning its media team a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Canada Sues HarperCollins, Settles With Others On E-Books

    Canada’s Competition Bureau announced Friday that it has reached settlements with Apple, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster ending its price-fixing allegations and allowing Canadian retailers to offer discounts on e-books by those publishers, but is taking HarperCollins to court over its alleged price-fixing.

  • January 20, 2017

    7th Circ. Nixes Time Warner Class' Appeal, Citing Spokeo

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a Time Warner Cable Inc. subscriber’s proposed class action against the company for storing former customers’ personal information, saying the man had neither alleged nor offered any evidence of concrete harm, citing Spokeo.

Expert Analysis

  • What 2016 Taught Us About Marketing And Advertising Law

    Charulata B. Pagar

    2016 was a busy year for litigation and regulation in the areas of marketing and advertising, impacting a wide variety of industries. Charulata Pagar of VLP Law Group LLP reviews some of the important highlights from the past year and discusses what to expect in 2017.

  • Competition In Music Licensing — DOJ Has More To Do

    Thomas M. Lenard

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s position on music licensing will — and is intended to — reinforce the current system of collective licensing of performance rights. Permitting partial withdrawal while also requiring full-work licensing would be a more pro-competitive policy, say Thomas Lenard of the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White of the NYU Stern School of Business.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Not What I Signed Up For: California’s New Autograph Law

    Daniel Fong

    A new California law requires a certificate of authenticity for all autographed items sold by dealers for over $5. Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang addressed concerns over potential overreach by clarifying that the law was not meant to affect the autographed book and art market. However, courts are not bound to give any credence to those statements, say Daniel Fong and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Asset Swap Transactions In The Antitrust Crosshairs

    Meytal McCoy

    While companies may think they are in the antitrust clear with asset swap transactions, two recent divestiture orders make clear that regulators will apply the same rigorous antitrust analysis in such deals as they would in a traditional merger or acquisition, says Meytal McCoy of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 11, Teacher’s Pet

    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 ...

  • Art Market Tax Probes Make Domestic Freeports Appealing

    Desiree Moore

    As home to high art auction prices and hefty sales and use taxes, New York City has seen its share of art-related tax fraud. Now, as law enforcement scrutinizes tax compliance in the art world, collectors may wish to avoid New York sales taxes legally, by shipping their purchases to a domestic freeport, say Desiree Moore and Blaise Niosi of K&L Gates LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Trump Libel Win Based On Trump Libel Loss

    Mark Sableman

    President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic more than 30 years ago. But the new case, and the atmosphere of the 2016 presidential campaign, may significantly alter libel law, says Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP.