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Media & Entertainment

  • September 25, 2018

    Weinstein Can Seek Additional Ch. 11 Docs At Own Expense

    Harvey Weinstein will be allowed continue his pursuit of his personal and business records in the Chapter 11 case of his former media company, but a Delaware judge ruled Tuesday that if costs continue to mount in the discovery process, he will be on the hook for those bills.

  • September 25, 2018

    Kid Vid Revamp Would Be Burden: Sesame Street Producers

    The producers of the long-running educational children’s show Sesame Street asked the Federal Communications Commission Monday to delay changes to the Children’s Television Act, which sets requirements for children’s programming, in order to make sure that any modifications keep educational requirements intact.

  • September 25, 2018

    Streaming Music Royalties Overhaul Heads To Trump's Desk

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would make major changes to how streaming music services like Spotify pay royalties, sending the proposed law to President Donald Trump for final approval.

  • September 25, 2018

    Time, Sports Illustrated Readers Sue Over Personal Info

    A Time magazine and Sports Illustrated reader brought a proposed class action against the magazines' publisher in Rhode Island federal court Tuesday, claiming it has rented, exchanged or otherwise shared her and other subscribers' personal information, putting them at risk of scams and spam.

  • September 25, 2018

    White House Seeks Input On New Approach To Privacy Rules

    The Trump administration on Tuesday joined a growing list of stakeholders from the business and advocacy communities that are seeking to influence the development of federal data privacy rules, putting out a call for input on its proposed "outcome-based" approach to addressing consumer privacy concerns the day before a Senate committee is slated to consider the topic. 

  • September 25, 2018

    Cox Wants Music Piracy Case In New Court

    Facing a new lawsuit from major record labels over illegal downloading, Cox Communications is pushing to have the case heard away from a Virginia federal courtroom — the place where Cox was hit with a $25 million award in an earlier such case.

  • September 25, 2018

    Netflix Investor's Price Hike Suit Tossed For Now

    A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a proposed investor class action alleging Netflix Inc. tried to cover up the negative impact of a 2014 price hike on subscriber growth, finding the suit failed to establish that the streaming service’s statements to investors were actionable false statements.

  • September 25, 2018

    BMI Seeks Higher Royalty Rates For Live Concerts

    Licensing group Broadcast Music Inc. filed a new case Monday in New York federal court seeking higher copyright royalties for live concerts, saying rates must keep up with a “dramatic trend” of declining record sales and booming box offices.

  • September 25, 2018

    Ex-Game Maker Employee Wants Wages After Surprise Layoffs

    A former Telltale Games Inc. employee has slapped the company with a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the video game maker failed to warn employees about an imminent mass layoff that gutted most of the studio.

  • September 25, 2018

    9th Circ. Upholds Arbitration In Calif. Tribe, Union Row

    The Ninth Circuit upheld a California federal court ruling that forces the Shingle Springs band of Miwok Indians into arbitration over the firing of two casino workers for their alleged labor union support.

  • September 25, 2018

    FCC Seeks More Input On Cable Franchising Fees

    Ahead of its Thursday open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it advanced a further notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at clarifying what kinds of fees local franchising authorities may charge cable companies in exchange for access to a community.

  • September 24, 2018

    Trump Tweet Doesn't Look Defamatory, Judge Tells Porn Star

    A California federal judge on Monday appeared ready to grant President Donald Trump's bid to toss adult film star Stormy Daniels' suit alleging Trump defamed her by tweeting that her claims about their alleged affair included a story about a "nonexistent man," saying Trump's tweet looks like political hyperbole shielded by the First Amendment.

  • September 24, 2018

    NCAA Athletes Say U. Of Wis. Contradicted Own Chancellor

    Attorneys representing NCAA athletes in a landmark California antitrust trial on Monday sought another chance to question the University of Wisconsin-Madison's chancellor, who recently testified that it might drop its sports department if it had to start paying athletes, saying that testimony was contradicted by the school's recent statement.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ozzy Osbourne Drops Antitrust Suit Against Venue Owner

    Ozzy Osbourne has dropped his putative class action suit in California federal court over Anschutz Entertainment Group’s allegedly anti-competitive block booking practices, saying there’s no reason to pursue the case now that musicians can book London’s large O2 Arena without committing to play the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

  • September 24, 2018

    Fighters Say They Can Prove UFC Depressed Their Wages

    A proposed class of mixed martial arts fighters told a Nevada federal court Friday that they have proof the Ultimate Fighting Championship's parent company pushed out competitors and depressed their wages, and that their antitrust suit should proceed.

  • September 24, 2018

    Sports Teams Must Tackle Hacking Risk Amid Legal Gambling

    The legalization of sports betting in some states has brought with it a host of headaches for professional leagues looking to protect the integrity of games, and among the chief concerns is safeguarding team and player data from hackers who would use the information to gain an edge placing wagers.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ex-Soccer Boss Wants $50M Restitution Request Tossed

    A former soccer official has urged a New York federal judge to deny requests from FIFA and two South American soccer organizations for $50 million in restitution after he was convicted of taking bribes, saying federal law precludes restitution for investigations by private entities.

  • September 24, 2018

    Nielsen Hit With Shareholder Suit Over Stock Drops

    A proposed class of shareholders filed a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Friday accusing Nielsen Holdings PLC of withholding from investors material information about the declining performance of one of its two business segments, leading to a series of sharp drops in the company’s stock price.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ex-Ad Exec Wins Appeal For $10M Tax Refund In 9th Circ.

    A former ad agency executive won his appeal for more than $10 million in tax refunds when the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that he had fulfilled a legal requirement to report inconsistencies between his personal tax return and that of his now-defunct advertising placement company.

  • September 24, 2018

    PR Firm Ex-CFO Admits Skimming But Disputes By How Much

    The former chief financial officer for an international marketing and public relations firm pled guilty to an embezzlement scheme that prosecutors say cost the four companies he worked for more than $3.8 million, even as he took issue with many of the specific allegations laid out during a hearing Monday in Massachusetts federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Copyright Owners Should Prepare For Music Royalty Reform

    Danielle Mattessich

    Last week, the Senate passed the first substantive update to music copyright law in a generation. The Music Modernization Act will bring questions, sweeping changes and legal challenges for copyright owners, say Danielle Mattessich and Lindsay Jones of Merchant & Gould PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Signs Of Renewed SEC Interest In Key Performance Indicators

    Brooke Clarkson

    Key performance indicators have been a topic of concern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but enforcement actions have been less prevalent. Recent actions coupled with statements by commission officials, however, suggest that KPIs may become more of a focus for the current SEC, say Brooke Clarkson and Jessica Matelis of Foley & Lardner LLP. 

  • If Editorial Content Includes Affiliate Links, Is It An Ad?

    Terri Seligman

    A recent decision from the National Advertising Division involving content in Buzzfeed’s “Shopping Guide" provides important guidance to advertisers and publishers, particularly with respect to distinguishing between editorial content and advertising, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Defamation Is Cause To Overturn An Election

    Mitchell Langberg

    The current gubernatorial race in Rhode Island features one candidate threatening a defamation lawsuit against another. But California and Oregon offer candidates an additional remedy — the ability to have an election overturned if it can be proved that defamatory speech swayed voters enough to affect the results, say Mitchell Langberg and Matthew McKissick of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.