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Media & Entertainment

  • December 14, 2018

    Atty Says Firm Stole Client Involved In 'Gears Of War' IP Suit

    The Law Offices of Bruce J. Chasan sued Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP on Friday in Pennsylvania federal court, seeking $160,000 the firm claims Pierce Bainbridge owes for stealing its client, a wrestler suing Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. for using his likeness without his consent in the "Gears of War" video game franchise.

  • December 14, 2018

    US Trustee Fights Gibson's Bid To End Ch. 11 Cases

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has asked the Delaware bankruptcy court to hold off on Gibson Brands Inc.’s bid to close its Chapter 11, saying "a number of critical tasks" remains undone and that the company is attempting to improperly consolidate its 12 cases into one.

  • December 14, 2018

    SF Chronicle Illegally Limited Union Access, NLRB Judge Says

    A National Labor Relations Board judge found Thursday that the San Francisco Chronicle flouted federal labor law by restricting access to its premises for nonemployee union representatives without giving the union local a chance to bargain over the limitation.

  • December 14, 2018

    Tech Cos. Should Heed Same Privacy Rules As Attys: Sens.

    A group of Democratic senators is taking the latest stab at enshrining consumer privacy protections at the federal level, proposing legislation that would establish a fiduciary duty for online companies to responsibly use and safeguard personal information, as privacy groups continue to push Congress not to displace stronger state laws with their legislative efforts. 

  • December 14, 2018

    CNN Can’t Escape Libelous Hospital Stats Suit: 11th Circ.

    CNN must face a libel suit accusing the cable news network of publishing articles that misrepresented the mortality rate for pediatric surgery at a Florida hospital and cost the hospital’s CEO his job, after the 11th Circuit ruled Thursday that CNN cannot stand behind Georgia's anti-SLAPP law in federal court.

  • December 14, 2018

    Comcast Wants 7th Circ. To Pull Plug On Ad Sales Appeal

    Comcast Corp. has urged the Seventh Circuit not to revive a $75 million suit alleging the company illegally monopolized the market for local television advertising, arguing that it’s only being accused of choosing not to deal with a competitor, which it said is not illegal, according to a redacted brief filed Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Jay-Z Adds Star Power To Diversity Concerns In Arbitration

    While it's unclear whether a recent argument made by the rapper Jay-Z relating to an alleged lack of diversity among available arbitrators would have ultimately prevailed, experts say the mogul has shone a 10,000-watt spotlight on a long-standing issue within arbitration.

  • December 14, 2018

    Facebook Says Bug Exposed 6.8M Users' Private Photos

    Facebook disclosed Friday that a software bug permitted as many as 1,500 apps to access private photos that more than 6.8 million users uploaded but didn't post to their timelines or authorize to be shared with third parties.

  • December 14, 2018

    Gray, Raycom Must Divest TV Stations Before $3B Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it will require Gray Television Inc. and Raycom Media Inc. to divest broadcast television stations in nine markets as a condition of resolving its challenge to the proposed $3.65 billion merger between the media companies.

  • December 14, 2018

    Cable Cos. Continue Push For Conservative C-Band Clearing

    The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in its plans to clear the C-band, saying that if not handled carefully, companies already using the band could be harmed.

  • December 14, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an Italian investment boutique sue a film production company, MMA and Axa sue shipper MSC and a wealth management firm lodge a part 8 action against major banks like Barclays and HSBC.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Telecom Cases Of 2018

    2018 was an action-packed year for telecom-related litigation that included a closely watched appeal of the government's rollback of net neutrality, fallout over the failed Sinclair-Tribune megamerger and a contentious trial over AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner. Here, Law360 reviews those and other high-profile cases from the past 12 months and outlines what they mean for the telecom industry’s legal landscape.

  • December 14, 2018

    10th Circ. Rejects Comanche Bid To Block Chickasaw Casino

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court ruling rejecting the Comanche Nation's bid to stall the opening of a Chickasaw Nation casino, saying the Comanches are unlikely to succeed on the merits of their pending challenge to land acquisition for the project.

  • December 14, 2018

    Jury Sides With Ill. Lawyer Over Sham-Investment Claims

    An Illinois federal jury sided with a lawyer and his law firm Friday over a man’s claims that the two participated in a scheme to defraud him out of more than $10 million in sham film investments.

  • December 14, 2018

    5 Top Federal Tax Decisions of 2018

    Federal courts in 2018 denied Facebook a right to IRS appeals in a $7 billion tax dispute, convicted Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and said a California family had to pay taxes on retirement account contributions routed through Bermuda. Here, Law360 takes a look back at some of the biggest tax decisions by federal courts in the past year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Nexstar Settles With DOJ Over Broadcaster's Info Sharing

    Nexstar Media Group has reached a settlement to end claims that the company was colluding with other television station owners to share private sales information in order to gain an edge on the competition, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Farm Bill Expansion Will Speed Rural Broadband, Redl Says

    A $600 million loan and grant program tucked into the $867 billion farm bill that passed Wednesday will dedicate much-needed resources to rural broadband infrastructure, National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl said Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Brand Battles: ExxonMobil, 'Star Trek,' Nike

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ExxonMobil isn't happy about a double X mark, CBS aims to boldly go after a startup's slogan, and Nike files its latest case over "Just Do It."

  • December 14, 2018

    Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2018

    From "Stairway to Heaven" to Fox News to an epic battle over smartphone software, 2018 saw too many important copyright rulings to keep straight. Here are the 10 biggest you need to remember, plus seven more that didn't make the cut.

  • December 14, 2018

    FCC GC Sees Transparency As Best Rulemaking Defense

    For the Federal Communications Commission's general counsel, transparency in the government rulemaking process goes a long way toward making controversial agency decisions — like last year's net neutrality repeal — less likely to tank in the courtroom.

Expert Analysis

  • In A Landlord Bankruptcy Sale, What Happens To The Lease?

    Michael Cook

    Few cases address a landlord debtor’s bankruptcy and its effect upon tenants. The matter of Revel AC, decided by the Third Circuit on Nov. 30, deals not only with that issue but also with the effect of a Section 363(f) bankruptcy court’s asset sale order, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • How The GDPR Changed Data Privacy In 2018

    Jessica Lee

    The European Union General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25, 2018, bringing in a flurry of privacy notice updates, the shutdown of certain EU-facing websites and advertising activities, and a good amount of heartburn for companies within its territorial scope, says Jessica Lee of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • APA Lessons From CNN Press Pass Case

    Steven Gordon

    The primary focus of CNN's suit seeking restoration of Jim Acosta’s White House press pass was, appropriately, on the First and Fifth Amendment claims. But the third claim raises some interesting issues about the extent to which the Administrative Procedure Act can be applied to actions taken by the White House, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.