Media & Entertainment

  • December 15, 2017

    DC Circ. Gives Reporters Another Shot In FBI Fake News Row

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday revived the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press' and the Associated Press' bid to learn more about the FBI's alleged practice of impersonating journalists and crafting fake news articles to catch suspected criminals, ruling that the federal government hadn't provided enough information about what it had done to locate relevant records. 

  • December 15, 2017

    Developments To Watch After The Net Neutrality Vote

    In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday vote to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules guaranteeing equal treatment of web traffic, activists and lawmakers have been swift to pledge legal challenges and congressional action to counteract the vote’s effects.

  • December 15, 2017

    Mobile Content Exec Convicted In $100M Scheme

    The former CEO of a mobile content company was convicted Friday on eight counts linked to a $100 million scheme to place unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills, prosecutors announced, yielding a retrial win after a former jury deadlocked.

  • December 15, 2017

    NJ Justices Won't Mull 'Exotic Dancers As Employees' Ruling

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to second-guess a state appellate opinion issued this year that a now-defunct strip club owed money to state funds meant for employees who lose their jobs or become disabled because exotic dancers there were employees, not independent contractors.

  • December 15, 2017

    Avaya Shortens Contract For Soccer Stadium Naming Rights

    Avaya Inc. has shortened its naming rights contract with a soccer stadium in San Jose to 2018 instead of 2024, the bankrupt telecom giant told a New York bankruptcy court Thursday, as it ties up loose ends ahead of an imminent exit from Chapter 11.

  • December 15, 2017

    11th Circ. Gives Rick Ross Suit Another Day For Hustlin’

    Rick Ross can renew his long-running copyright infringement case against LMFAO over their song “Party Rock Anthem,” which he says rips off his own "Hustlin’," as an Eleventh Circuit panel on Friday reversed a lower court’s ruling that registration mistakes the rapper made invalidated his song’s copyright.

  • December 15, 2017

    MGM Slashes Suit By Ex-Atty Facing Child Sex Charges

    A California judge on Friday granted MGM’s request to toss defamation and employment claims brought by an entertainment attorney who was fired from an MGM subsidiary after he was charged with sexual assault of a child, but said the lawyer could take another shot at the employment claims.

  • December 15, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Fox Lot, Akelius, Robert Danial

    Disney is reportedly leasing the Fox production lot in Century City, California, as part of its pending deal to buy 21st Century Fox, Akelius Real Estate Management is said to have picked up various Brooklyn apartment buildings for roughly $35 million, and Florida investor Robert Danial has reportedly bought a Miami building for $10.7 million.

  • December 15, 2017

    Funko Dolls Can't Rock Out With Tiny Les Pauls, Gibson Says

    Gibson Brands Inc. sued Funko on Thursday in California federal court, arguing that it owns the trademark for the Les Paul guitar, including the use of its likeness in toys, and that the pop culture toy company didn't seek permission for its wildly popular vinyl figures to hold Gibson-design guitars.

  • December 15, 2017

    MVP: Davis Wright's Kelli Sager

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Kelli L. Sager secured a victory establishing that a website’s rights under federal copyright law to sell official NCAA photos preempted the publicity rights of two former Division III college basketball players, earning her a spot among Law360’s 2017 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 15, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Cravath, Shearman

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Disney shelled out $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Unibail snapped up Westfield for $15.7 billion, and Corning bought most of 3M’s communication markets business for $900 million.

  • December 15, 2017

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

    The last week has seen more than 100 individuals sue Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd. amid disputes over the tax treatment of its film investments; Zinc Hotels lodge another challenge against BayernLB, this time adding Hilton Worldwide; and security firm G4S bring a claim over its pension scheme.​ Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 14, 2017

    FIFA Trial Wraps In Blitz Of Denials And Recriminations

    The trial of three former South American soccer officials wrapped Thursday as the prosecution argued its trove of secret recordings, unearthed ledgers and wire transfer records clearly established the men’s roles in long-running bribery schemes, while the defense accused the prosecution of overplaying its hand in the government’s wide-ranging corruption inquiry into international soccer.

  • December 14, 2017

    AGs Want High Court To OK Microsoft Overseas Data Access

    A coalition of 35 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a ruling that the federal government can’t access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, saying the “remarkable” decision gives too much control to private companies, while the European Commission and the U.K. and Irish governments separately weighed in on the dispute.

  • December 14, 2017

    Boston Herald Seeks Speedy Ch. 11 Sale To GateHouse

    The publisher of the Boston Herald, now bankrupt with plans to sell the tabloid to newspaper chain GateHouse Media LLC, asked Wednesday for a hearing in early January to establish stalking horse protections and set a date to close the sale in late March.

  • December 14, 2017

    Disney's Fox Deal To Get Scrutiny, But Will Likely Clear

    After weeks of speculation, Disney announced a $52.4 billion deal with 21st Century Fox on Thursday that will see it acquire Fox's production studios and several other assets, and while the move is likely to receive some scrutiny because of its size and complexity, it should earn clearance from the DOJ without serious changes.

  • December 14, 2017

    NY, Mass., Wash. To Sue Over Net Neutrality Rollback

    Attorneys general in Massachusetts, New York and Washington state on Thursday announced their intentions to sue the Federal Communications Commission after it moved to undo regulations that protected net neutrality.

  • December 14, 2017

    Pa. Gambling Board Issues $1M Fine Against Tribal Casino

    Mohegan Sun Pocono, a gambling establishment owned and operated by the Mohegan Tribe, has been fined $1 million for failing to follow internal safeguards against fraud and working with unlicensed vendors, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday, the largest fine levied since the board was founded in 2004.

  • December 14, 2017

    Net Neutrality Reversal Draws Intense Criticism, And Praise

    When the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday afternoon to undo Obama-era regulations that guaranteed equal treatment to all online content, it incited a firestorm of criticism from consumer advocates but triggered profuse praise from industry-aligned groups.

  • December 14, 2017

    City In Iowa Challenges Approval Of Nearby Tribal Gambling

    An Iowa city filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging the National Indian Gaming Commission’s decision allowing a Nebraska tribe to use land in the Hawkeye State for gambling, contending that the determination is contrary to the law and would threaten the city’s nearby gambling facilities.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and race tracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.