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Media & Entertainment

  • December 18, 2018

    DC Council Gives Final Approval To Sports Wagering

    The District of Columbia is primed to offer sports betting next year after the district council gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax the industry in the nation's capital.

  • December 18, 2018

    Chamber, Legal Group Back Comcast In Antitrust Ad Row

    Comcast Corp. has received support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the right-leaning Washington Legal Foundation in its Seventh Circuit fight against a $75 million antitrust suit over ad sales, with both organizations arguing the cable provider's actions only demonstrate rational business decisions.

  • December 18, 2018

    Weinstein Co. Successor's $2.2M 'Peaky Blinders' Deal OK'd

    A Delaware bankruptcy court has approved a $2.2 million settlement to end a dispute between the international distributor of British period crime television drama “Peaky Blinders” and the successor to the bankrupt The Weinstein Co. over the rights to the series.

  • December 18, 2018

    FCC Should Review Sinclair Renewals Early, Cable Org Says

    The American Cable Association on Tuesday continued to urge the Federal Communications Commission to require Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to file early renewal applications for four of its television stations, so that the commission can determine whether or not Sinclair lied when it attempted to acquire the Tribune Media Co.

  • December 18, 2018

    Bridgepoint-Led Group Lobs $1B Bid For Swedish Gaming Co.

    A group led by private equity firm Bridgepoint on Tuesday lobbed a 9.19 billion Swedish krona ($1 billion) offer to take over Cherry AB, the same day an independent committee from the Swedish gaming company recommended that the deal be accepted.

  • December 18, 2018

    NY Judge Tosses Casino Arrest Suit Against Oneida Cops

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit against officers of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department at the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino, saying they hadn’t used excessive force in making a arrest at the facility.

  • December 18, 2018

    Jay-Z Seeks Info On Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson Scent Deals

    Lawyers for musician Jay-Z and the perfume company accusing him of failing to promote a branded scent have asked a New York state judge to sign off on subpoenas related to similar deals for socialite Paris Hilton, singer Jessica Simpson and fashion businessman Vince Camuto.

  • December 18, 2018

    Alice Can't Help Bumble Dump Tinder's Swiping Patents

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss an intellectual property dispute between dating app rivals Bumble and Tinder, holding that Bumble Trading Inc. had failed to show at this stage that the swiping patents owned by Tinder’s patent company Match Group LLC are invalid.

  • December 18, 2018

    Harvard Prof Wants Boston Pentagon Paper Records Released

    A Harvard University professor on Monday asked a federal judge to authorize the release of records from two Boston grand jury investigations into the leaks of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, saying they would fill an important historical gap and contribute to conversations about national security and freedom of the press.

  • December 18, 2018

    Film Scammer Ducks More Prison As Judge Cites Cooperation

    A California entertainment industry veteran who spent 15 years scamming investors out of more than $10 million was sentenced to time served Tuesday after a Manhattan federal judge credited his acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with prosecutors, saying the nine months he has been jailed is enough.

  • December 18, 2018

    Rapper Sues NBA 2K Game Makers Over Dance Moves

    New York-based rapper Terrence Ferguson, who performs under the name 2 Milly, has sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and its subsidiaries, claiming the game developers put his signature dance the Milly Rock into the hit NBA 2K game series without permission.

  • December 18, 2018

    Senate Goes All In On Bill To Stop False Emergency Alerts

    The Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that seeks to avoid a repeat of the false emergency alert that forecast a missile attack on Hawaii earlier this year, sending panic across the country and launching a Federal Communications Commission inquiry.

  • December 18, 2018

    Charter To Pay $174M Settlement In NY AG’s Net Speed Suit

    Charter Communications Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Co. agreed to a $174 million payout in what the New York attorney general on Tuesday called a record settlement, ending a suit alleging it defrauded customers by promising high-speed internet when it knew it couldn’t deliver.

  • December 17, 2018

    Astros, Rockets Urge Start Of Comcast Deal Valuation

    The Houston Astros and Houston Rockets on Monday urged a Texas bankruptcy court to move forward with proceedings to determine the value of a 2010 contract with Comcast to televise games, the latest development in a prolonged dispute over a now-defunct regional sports network.

  • December 17, 2018

    'Fresh Prince' Actor Sues Game Makers Over 'Carlton' Dance

    The actor who played Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” claimed Monday in California federal court that video game makers Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive copped his choreography without permission, noting similarities between the famous “Carlton Dance” he created and moves performed by characters in two widely played video games.

  • December 17, 2018

    Facebook Data Suit Paused To Allow Chancery Records Trial

    A derivative suit targeting Facebook CEO and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg and other leaders of the social media empire for allowing user data breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal will be paused after a Delaware Chancery Court judge said Monday that a books and record suit should be completed first to help prepare the best possible breach of fiduciary duty complaint.

  • December 17, 2018

    T-Mobile Slams 'Baseless' Claims It Fudged 4G Map Data

    T-Mobile has snapped back against allegations that the mobile carrier overstated its 4G coverage area on a map submitted for a $4.5 billion FCC subsidy project intended to bring high-speed access to rural areas, calling them “vague and irresponsible.”

  • December 17, 2018

    NYC Art Museums Antitrust Suit Lacks Specifics, Judge Says

    A Manhattan federal judge expressed frustration at arguments on Monday with a proposed class action brought by an artist who claims New York's top museums are conspiring with a handful of art galleries to prevent artists like himself from gaining traction, expressing doubt that the claims crossed the line from possible to plausible.

  • December 17, 2018

    CMS Gets Backlash For Drug Prices In TV Ads Proposal

    A proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule requiring drugmakers to include the list price of their drugs in television advertisements exceeds the agency’s statutory authority and violates the First Amendment, several parties claimed as the comment period closed Monday.

  • December 17, 2018

    Gwen Stefani Can’t Escape Concert Stampede Injury Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge Monday rejected Gwen Stefani’s bid to escape a woman’s personal injury suit accusing the pop singer of inciting a concert stampede by imploring fans to move closer to the stage during a 2016 concert, but let venue owner Live Nation off the hook.

Expert Analysis

  • A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

    David Zaslowsky

    November was an especially aggressive month for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in terms of cracking down on unauthorized digital activities. Three enforcement actions described as "firsts" demonstrate that the SEC will be using all of the tools in its toolkit, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Companies Must Beware Street Artists' IP Suits

    Kimberly Almazan

    A California district court recently ruled in Falkner v. General Motors that a graffiti artist may move forward with a copyright infringement lawsuit. This case, among others, is emboldening street artists and muralists to seek legal affirmation of their copyrights, says Kimberly Almazan of Withers Worldwide.

  • 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.