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Media & Entertainment

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and eports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Dredge 'Shape Of Water' Copyright Row

    The Ninth Circuit should reverse a California federal court’s toss of a suit claiming that Oscar winner “The Shape of Water” ripped off a 1969 play that also involved a lonely female janitor at a laboratory falling in love with a test subject, the playwright’s son has argued.

  • December 12, 2018

    AMC To Face Ex-'Walking Dead' Exec's $300M Royalties Suit

    A five-year fight between “The Walking Dead” show creator Frank Darabont and entertainment behemoth AMC over the hit zombie show’s royalties is poised to head to trial after a New York judge on Monday issued a long-awaited ruling keeping the $300 million case alive.

  • December 12, 2018

    BREAKING: GOP Sen. Says He May Allow FCC Nominee Vote Soon

    The hurdle blocking the confirmation of two Federal Communications Commission nominees could be removed by the end of the year.

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Pirate Radio Operator Arrested After FCC Tip

    A pirate radio operator in Westchester, New York, has been busted by local authorities working off a tip from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Wednesday, marking a rare arrest in an enforcement arena that is usually limited to fines and seizures.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

  • December 12, 2018

    'Blurred Lines' Copyright Suit Ends In $5M Judgment

    The “Blurred Lines” copycatting saga met its final resting place Monday when a California federal judge entered a $4.9-million-plus judgment against the song’s famous creators after they opted not to to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of their copyright loss against Marvin Gaye’s heirs.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Warburg Pincus, Luckin Coffee

    Morgan Stanley will lead the IPO of Uber, which could value the ride-hailing giant at up to $120 billion, Warburg Pincus is launching a $1 billion joint venture that will invest in Chinese real estate, and China's Luckin Coffee has received a $200 million capital injection from private investors.

  • December 12, 2018

    2nd Circ. Rules Digital Music Resales Are Illegal

    Online services can’t resell digital music the same way used record stores resell albums, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday, saying such resales involve illegally reproducing copyrighted works.

  • December 12, 2018

    National Enquirer Co. Admits Covering Up Trump Affair Story

    American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, has admitted to paying a woman $150,000 in order to help President Donald Trump hide his alleged affairs and bolster his chances of being elected president, federal prosecutors revealed on Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Frankfurt Kurnit's Jeffrey Greenbaum

    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC managing partner Jeffrey Greenbaum spoke to Law360 about the challenges and advantages of operating as a midsize firm, why firm culture is paramount to success and why the firm takes a contrarian view when it comes to law firm growth.

  • December 12, 2018

    Fla. Justices Won't Rehear Judge's Facebook Friend Recusal

    The Florida Supreme Court said Wednesday it would not reconsider its ruling that a Facebook friendship between a judge and an attorney appearing in the judge’s court does not by itself demand the judge’s recusal.

  • December 11, 2018

    How Int'l Arbitration Attys Deal With The Media

    International arbitration experts at a recent gathering of professionals offered a range of strategies for dealing with the media, from no engagement to proactively reaching out to the press.

  • December 11, 2018

    ZeniMax, Oculus End Appeals Of $304M IP Judgment

    ZeniMax Media Inc. and Oculus VR LLC announced Monday they settled their cross-appeals in the Fifth Circuit stemming from disputes that led to a final judgment of $304 million in favor of ZeniMax after a jury found that Facebook-owned Oculus infringed its virtual reality intellectual property.

  • December 11, 2018

    Tencent Music's IPO Raises Nearly $1.1B Led By Davis Polk

    Chinese streaming streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group on Tuesday priced an initial public offering that raised nearly $1.1 billion, completing one of the year’s largest IPOs with the guidance of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • December 11, 2018

    High Court Pushed To Block Calif. Tribal Casino

    A watchdog group has continued to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to grant its petition and revive its challenge to a California tribe’s proposed casino, claiming that the project would not have a minimal impact on the local area, as required under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • December 11, 2018

    Stormy Daniels Owes Trump Attys $300K In Fees, Sanctions

    Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump's attorneys approximately $300,000 in fees, costs and sanctions, which was less than half of what they originally sought, a California federal judge ordered Tuesday following the dismissal of the adult film star's defamation suit against the president.

  • December 11, 2018

    FanDuel, DraftKings Get Gaming Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    Daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. scored a win with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board after a panel ruled Monday that all of the challenged claims of an Interactive Games LLC patent for a gaming system were invalid as obvious.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Tangible Property Sales Taxes Don't Apply To Intangibles

    Craig Fields

    Recent tax decisions in Pennsylvania and Michigan highlight taxing authorities' unsuccessful attempts to assert sales and use tax on products and services that use new technologies not contemplated by old taxing statutes, say Craig Fields and Rebecca Balinskas of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.