Media & Entertainment

  • May 26, 2017

    Kardashians' Hands Not Unclean, 9th Circ. Says In IP Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to lift a preliminary injunction barring a cosmetics company from using trademarks held by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, saying the company hasn’t shown any evidence the sisters had “unclean hands.”

  • May 26, 2017

    Dallas Morning News Must Face Libel Suit Over Pharma Series

    A Texas appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Dallas Morning News can't exit a libel suit brought against it by the owners of a compounding pharmacy, finding that a series the paper ran on the industry may have erroneously implied their business was under federal investigation.

  • May 26, 2017

    Quick Action Denied On Pause To Yahoo Pay Vote Meeting

    A Yahoo Inc. investor was denied expedited handling Friday for a preliminary injunction motion in Delaware Chancery Court seeking to delay an executive pay vote at the company’s June 8 annual meeting if the company doesn’t meet a disclosure demand.

  • May 26, 2017

    Contractor Stole $2M Sistine Chapel Replica, Owner Says

    A company that recreates Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel through exhibition of large-scale images said in a suit filed in California state court that a contractor ran off to Germany with its replicas, claiming $2 million in damages.

  • May 26, 2017

    Accused Tax Dodger Can't Duck $1K-A-Day Contempt Fine

    U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III declined Thursday to absolve an art consultant charged with dodging taxes on a $3.5 million inheritance of contempt for failing to timely retrieve Swiss bank records subject to grand jury subpoenas, setting up a possible Second Circuit fight over her remaining obligations.

  • May 26, 2017

    Radar Sues For FBI Docs In Billionaire Sex Trafficking Case

    National gossip website Radar says the FBI should give up its investigative records of a wealthy and well-connected financier who was previously accused of sex trafficking, in a lawsuit filed in New York federal court Thursday.

  • May 26, 2017

    Penthouse Must Return Control Of Websites To FriendFinder

    A group of adult websites must be returned to FriendFinder Networks Inc. after a Delaware Chancery Court judge determined Friday they shouldn’t have been included in a sale of its Penthouse business unit in 2016.

  • May 26, 2017

    NH High Court Revives DirecTV's Property Tax Suit

    DirecTV Inc. won a chance to overturn a New Hampshire town’s decision on taxing an uplink facility there on Friday, with the state’s Supreme Court sending the actual taxable value of the property back to a lower court.

  • May 25, 2017

    TC Heartland Adds To Fed. Circ. Losing Streak At High Court

    In its blockbuster ruling this week restricting where patent infringement suits can be filed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another blow to the Federal Circuit in an ongoing battle over whether the court is reading too much into statutes and creating too many elaborate rules for patent law.

  • May 25, 2017

    Pa. Justices Uphold Restrictions On Ex-Gaming Board Attys

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused Thursday to overturn an ethics law preventing Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board attorneys from seeking or taking jobs with gaming outfits for two years after leaving the board, ruling that the mandate didn’t interfere with the court’s jurisdiction over attorneys because the rule applied to all employees, not just lawyers.

  • May 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Staples, Web.com, Stada

    Staples has rejected a takeover offer that valued the company at more than $5.8 billion, Web.com is in discussions with private equity firms about a potential buyout, and Advent, Permira and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals have decided not to offer to buy German pharmaceutical company Stada.

  • May 25, 2017

    Calif. High Court Bats Down Atty's Beef With Facebook GC

    The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to take up a defamation case against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s general counsel, leaving in place the appellate court decision to toss the case.

  • May 25, 2017

    Promoter Slams Yahoo March Madness Fee Win At 5th Circ.

    A promoter and prize insurer Wednesday asked the Fifth Circuit to reverse a more than $913,000 attorneys' fees award to Yahoo after it successfully defended against a suit over a scrapped $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest, saying the lower court misapplied state-court precedent.

  • May 25, 2017

    Muzak Asks DC Circ. To Rethink Copyright Royalty Ruling

    Music provider Muzak on Thursday asked the D.C. Circuit to rethink a decision that revived an unusual lawsuit that claims the company is using an obscure grandfather clause to “cheat artists,” saying that the ruling was “demonstrably” incorrect.

  • May 25, 2017

    4 Investors Settle SEC's Coffee Co. Pump-And-Dump Claims

    A California federal judge gave the green light on Wednesday for four offshore investors to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission nearly $1.7 million in disgorgements and interest to settle allegations that they participated in a $78 million pump-and-dump scheme involving shares of Jammin’ Java Corp., a coffee company originally founded by Bob Marley’s son Rohan.

  • May 25, 2017

    Dems Push Sports Betting Bill Amid High Court Challenge

    New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone led Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in unveiling legislation Thursday designed to roll back the 25-year-old prohibition on state authorization of sports betting, as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether to take up a challenge to the law.

  • May 25, 2017

    Experian Objects To $14.5M American Eagle TCPA Suit Deal

    Experian Marketing Solutions Inc. on Wednesday filed an objection to the $14.5 million deal reached between American Eagle Outfitters and the proposed class claiming it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing the case should instead be dismissed for lack of a concrete injury.

  • May 25, 2017

    2nd Circ. Unhappy With Judge's Refusal To Open Trump Docs

    A Second Circuit panel looked uncomfortable Thursday with a Manhattan trial judge's refusal to unseal 1998 settlement papers from a labor class action, documents Time magazine says could shed light on whether President Donald Trump knew he used undocumented labor to build Trump Tower in 1980.

  • May 24, 2017

    Atty Told To Break Privilege Denied Due Process, Court Says

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday quashed an order compelling an attorney to answer questions involving attorney-client privilege in an underlying defamation suit involving the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, ruling that the attorney was denied due process when the court found that his conduct was fraudulent without offering him an opportunity to be heard.

  • May 24, 2017

    Ex-Playmate Gets Community Service For Locker Room Pic

    Former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers copped to an invasion of privacy charge in California state court and will serve 30 days of community service for mocking a woman she’d surreptitiously photographed on social media, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Would Ellen Pao Still Lose Under New Calif. Fair Pay Act?

    Jacqueline Beaumont

    Ellen Pao’s 2015 gender discrimination and retaliation case against her then-employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was a solid loss for Pao under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. But would it end the same way if she was able to file her claim under California’s newly amended Fair Pay Act provisions? The answer is not so clear, says Jacqueline Beaumont of Call & Jensen.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 23, Benevolent Deception

    Roy Futterman

    Most of the jury consulting on this show has consisted of illegal and unethical behavior amid nonsensical trial practices, but at the end of the day, it has probably not done permanent damage to the U.S. legal system — so far, says jury consultant Roy Futterman as the debut season of the CBS show "Bull" comes to a close.

  • Product Liability Plaintiffs May Aim For Tech Developers

    Robb Patryk

    Adam Alter's new book on technology-based behavioral addiction issues may unintentionally spur plaintiffs attorneys to launch product liability lawsuits against technology companies, holding them accountable for addictive products, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • A New Path To Defending NLRB Employer Policy Challenges

    Adam Abrahms

    For employers that feel handcuffed by what many view as overzealous interference from the National Labor Relations Board, two recent decisions reinforce the merits of what may be the best approach to defending against charges that challenge company policies, say Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz of Epstein Becker Green.

  • IP Considerations For The Esports Industry

    Eric Ball

    With recent developments in the gaming world, game developers, professional gamers and other players in the virtual reality and esports space should be mindful of how to protect their own intellectual property rights while not infringing on the rights of others, say Eric Ball and Kunyu Ching of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Learning From Social Media For Adverse Event Reporting

    Mei Sheng Duh

    As researchers continue to develop tools and methods to analyze social media data after patients' exposure to pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, it becomes necessary to consider how to best use that data and how to limit the data's uses in identifying and evaluating drug-induced adverse events, say analysts at Analysis Group Inc.