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Media & Entertainment

  • June 22, 2018

    Players Unions Want In On Publicity Rights Arguments

    The unions for the major professional sports are looking to take part in oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court over whether daily fantasy sports companies must compensate college athletes for using their names, likenesses and statistics in their contests, arguing that the parties and the courts are missing the point.

  • June 22, 2018

    Beats' $109M Headphone Royalties Row Goes To Jury

    A Los Angeles jury began deliberations Friday afternoon to decide whether Beats Electronics LLC co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine owe $109 million in headphone-sale royalties to a businessman who claims he handed them the now-iconic product "on a silver platter" over a decade ago.

  • June 22, 2018

    Cirque Du Soleil Says China Agritech Dooms Ill. TCPA Suit

    Cirque du Soleil on Friday asked an Illinois federal judge to decertify a class of Illinoisans in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit accusing it of sending unwanted faxes promoting ticket sales to its traveling show, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in China Agritech v. Resh dooms their claims.

  • June 22, 2018

    Emerson Says BladeRoom Can't Revisit Evidence In UCL Case

    Emerson Electric has fired back at a motion for judgment on unfair competition claims in a suit alleging it stole BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secrets, arguing that BladeRoom cannot seek additional damages based on evidence that had already been presented to a jury that rendered a $30 million verdict against Emerson, according to a filing in California federal court Thursday.

  • June 22, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Accused Of Leak To Change Plea To Guilty: DOJ

    Former government contractor Reality Leigh Winner, who has been accused of leaking classified national security information to at least one news outlet, plans to plead guilty at a change of plea hearing Tuesday in Georgia federal court, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said Friday.

  • June 22, 2018

    RI Becomes The Latest State To Legalize Sports Betting

    Rhode Island's governor signed into a law Friday a budget that clears the way for in-person sports gambling at two casinos, making the state the latest early adopter of a practice legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in May.

  • June 22, 2018

    ACLU, Media Groups Blast Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    The American Civil Liberties Union and several media trade groups have slammed Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., saying the deal will lead to less diversity and the chances of higher prices. 

  • June 22, 2018

    Brand Battles: 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' The Masters, Alibaba

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Harper Lee's estate is told that single book titles can't be trademarks, the golf club behind the Masters fights the distiller behind Jack Daniel's, and "Sesame Street" aims to block Alibaba from registering an open-ended "Sesame" mark.

  • June 22, 2018

    Charter Can't Use FCC Rule To Escape False Net Speed Suit

    A New York state appeals court confirmed Thursday that the New York attorney general’s office may keep pursuing claims of falsely advertised broadband speeds against Charter Communications Inc. and its unit, Time Warner Cable.

  • June 22, 2018

    Cox, Consumers Reach Settlement In Cable TV Fee Suit

    Cox Communications Inc. has settled a proposed class action in California federal court launched by consumers who alleged they were charged unauthorized fees for certain cable television tiers, according to a recent filing. 

  • June 22, 2018

    Weinstein Co.'s Ch. 11 Sale Price Takes $23M Tumble

    The Weinstein Co. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday that a distressed sale of the entertainment company — driven by sex-crime allegations against its co-founder — will likely yield $23 million less than the $310 million cash deal approved in court on May 8.

  • June 22, 2018

    Relativity Media Investor Accuses CEO Of $12.5M Fraud

    A hedge fund investor ramped up his lawsuit against Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of the twice-bankrupt Relativity Media, in an amended complaint filed in California court Thursday, upping his damages request five-fold to $12.5 million and seeking punitive damages.

  • June 21, 2018

    Gov't Looking At 'Dynamic Sharing' Of Spectrum Bands

    The task of repurposing valuable spectrum bands to accommodate new users and technologies will increasingly invade airwaves long blocked off for one purpose, signaling a shift in the way users must think about spectrum territories, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration told industry members Thursday afternoon.

  • June 21, 2018

    Ex-Pitcher Calls Up Cruise Ship Atty For Defamation Suit

    Retired minor league pitcher Neiman Nix is replacing his counsel in a Florida federal defamation suit over news reports claiming that he admitted to selling a banned substance, as a judge entered an order Thursday swapping in Miami cruise ship injury lawyer David Pollack. 

  • June 21, 2018

    Liberty Withdraws $1.16B Offer For 40% Of IHeartMedia

    Liberty Media has taken a much talked-about $1.16 billion offer for a 40 percent slice of iHeartMedia off the table, according to a Thursday court filing, leaving the bankrupt radio giant with no outside funding source as it seeks to cut $10 billion from its swollen balance sheet.

  • June 21, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Viacom’s $15M Unpaid Ads Win

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed Viacom International Inc.’s $14.9 million win in a suit accusing toy company MGA Entertainment Inc. of breaching four contracts in connection with ad sales and production of a TV show for the Lalaloopsy doll brand, agreeing with the lower court that MGA failed to show that Viacom materially breached the contracts first.

  • June 21, 2018

    Prince Estate Demands Documents On Posthumous EP

    The estate of the late pop superstar Prince asked a Minnesota federal court Thursday to force the producer of the Prince EP “Deliverance” to hand over documents and communications related to the posthumous release of the recordings, which the estate says violated Prince’s intellectual property rights.

  • June 21, 2018

    Blogger Uses Texas Free Speech Law To Nix Defamation Row

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with a blog and its author, holding a trial court had wrongly declined to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a school principal and ruling a state free speech law protects the blog posts at issue on the ground they concern matters of public concern involving public officials.

  • June 21, 2018

    NJ Strip Club Exec Knew Arbitration Clause, Court Says

    A New Jersey state appeals court affirmed Thursday that the members of a strip club venture must arbitrate their ownership dispute, ruling that the entrepreneur who is suing is an “experienced businessman” who understood that the buyout agreement with his partners was subject to a related deal to keep disputes out of court.

  • June 21, 2018

    Beats’ Expert Disputes $107M Figure In Royalties Row

    A damages expert for Beats Electronics LLC told a California jury Thursday that, if it agrees with an entrepreneur’s interpretation of a 2007 agreement he made with Beats' co-founders, then he is owed about $15 million in additional royalties for his work on the company's headphones — not the $107 million he claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Streaming In Chicago? There's A Court-Approved Tax On That

    Todd Lard

    Labell v. City of Chicago is the main case contesting the Chicago amusement tax’s application to streaming services. Todd Lard and Charles Capouet of Eversheds Sutherland LLP analyze the Cook County Circuit Court decision and discuss the plaintiffs' options on appeal.

  • Sports Bet Legalization May Not Get Esports To Next Level

    James Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting decision appears to clear the field for esports betting in the United States, serious legal obstacles remain before we see any immediate expansion of esports betting. The industry will face intense regulatory scrutiny, say James Havel and Eric Schroeder of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • How Will Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Impact Accusers?

     Matthew LaGarde

    Due to the idiosyncrasies of American bankruptcy law, The Weinstein Company's recent bankruptcy filing could cause many of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers to receive pennies on the dollar relative to what they are owed under state and federal laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment, say Matthew LaGarde and Jessica Westerman of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • FTC In Full Force: What To Expect From New Leadership

    Lucy Morris

    While headlines proliferate about the recent political shake-ups at the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the century-old Federal Trade Commission, with less fanfare, finally has a full slate of five commissioners for the first time since 2015, say Lucy Morris and Kavitha Subramanian of Hudson Cook LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.