Media & Entertainment

  • March 22, 2018

    WWE Slams 'Deceptive' Atty, Seeks To Toss Concussion Suit

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. told a Connecticut federal court on Thursday that a magistrate judge’s recommendation for sanctions against an attorney should be upheld and encouraged the court to dismiss the lawsuit alleging the company concealed the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head, arguing that repeated failures to fully answer questions regarding former wrestlers' medical condition has resulted in fraudulent and deceptive conduct.

  • March 22, 2018

    'Star Trek' Actor's Family Settles Suit Over Jeep Accident

    "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin’s parents have reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a gear shift they say led to their son’s death after the car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his mailbox, according to a filing in California state court.

  • March 22, 2018

    Boston City Hall Aides See Extortion Case Thrown Out

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed the case against two Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor, saying prosecutors could not meet the court’s standard to prove extortion.

  • March 22, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Say DOJ Lacks 'Crystal Ball' In Opening

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in opening arguments Thursday to focus on the facts of AT&T's incentives to leverage Time Warner's content post-merger, while the companies argued it's the government's job to ensure no "crystal ball" is needed to see the tie-up's impacts.

  • March 22, 2018

    Emmis Wins Coverage From AIG Unit For Investor Tiff

    Emmis Communications Corp. won coverage Wednesday from AIG unit Illinois National Insurance Co. for a preferred stockholders’ suit accusing the board of attempting to strip investors of their rights, when an Indiana federal judge found the insurer incorrectly applied a policy exclusion.

  • March 22, 2018

    Ex-Fox News Anchor Claims Bill O’Reilly Smeared Her

    A former Fox News anchor who reportedly reached a sexual harassment settlement with ex-Fox News star Bill O'Reilly sued him for defamation in New York federal court Thursday for allegedly launching a smear campaign against her after his multiple settlements, which led to his firing, came to light.

  • March 22, 2018

    Patent Owner Tells Justices Exergen Adds To Fed. Circ. Split

    A streaming media patent owner told the U.S. Supreme Court that a recent Federal Circuit decision in Exergen Corp. v. Kaz USA Inc. shows there’s a divide within the circuit on how patent eligibility is determined, urging the high court to take up its appeal to save its own patents.

  • March 22, 2018

    Telecom Groups Praise Broadband Funding In Budget Deal

    Telecom industry groups were quick to praise the massive spending and policy package that the House and Senate agreed upon this week, lauding sections that reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission, boost infrastructure rollout and offer repack transition funds to broadcasters.

  • March 22, 2018

    Iowa To Pay Nearly $1M Over Pot T-Shirt Free Speech Case

    The state of Iowa will end up paying nearly $1 million over Iowa State University’s unconstitutional effort to block a marijuana group from using the school’s trademarks on T-shirts, according to a final judgment issued Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2018

    GOP Leader Praises Pai On Net Neutrality Repeal

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden on Thursday praised Ajit Pai for leading the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules in the face of public backlash.

  • March 22, 2018

    Boies, BigLaw May Get Small Change In Weinstein Ch. 11

    A bankruptcy spawned by the still unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal has driven seven BigLaw firms into unaccustomed roles as last-paid instead of first in The Weinstein Co.'s cash-poor Chapter 11, with Boies Schiller & Flexner LLC accounting for half of the group's $20.6 million in claims.

  • March 22, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Say Fox Deal Could Curb Sky’s Independence

    Four U.K. lawmakers want the Competition and Markets Authority to block 21st Century Fox’s $14.4 billion bid to boost its ownership stake in Sky PLC from 39 percent to 100 percent, telling the regulator in a letter Thursday that there are concerns regarding Sky News’ independence if Fox takes over.

  • March 22, 2018

    Infrastructure Order Divides But Passes At FCC Meeting

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to approve new rules exempting small cell fixtures from certain environmental and historic reviews, over objections by the agency’s two Democrats that the move “runs roughshod” over tribes and natural areas.

  • March 22, 2018

    Record Producer Loses Royalty Row Over Madonna’s 'Vogue'

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday tossed music producer Shep Pettibone's breach of contract suit alleging WB Music Corp. owed him more than $500,000 in royalties it withheld to cover copyright litigation over Madonna's "Vogue," finding that their underlying contract required him to indemnify the music company for the suit.

  • March 22, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask Zuckerberg To Testify About Data Misuse

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one step closer to testifying before Congress, after a House committee Thursday asked him to answer lingering questions about how his firm allowed a data research company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on some 50 million Americans.

  • March 22, 2018

    Zazzle Doesn't Owe Co. Atty Fees In Copyright Suit

    Custom-printing website Zazzle does not have to pay legal fees and costs to a publishing company against whom it lost a copyright trial, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, because it made novel legal arguments and shouldn't be punished for them.

  • March 21, 2018

    IHeartMedia Legacy Noteholders Sue Over Ch. 11 Debt Plan

    A group of debtholders have hit iHeart Media Inc. with an adversary proceeding in the media giant’s bankruptcy case, alleging the company has orchestrated a secret, “fraudulent and otherwise wrongful” scheme to shortchange them in its proposed restructuring plan.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ozzy Osbourne Sues AEG Over Staples Center Tour Policy

    Ozzy Osbourne sued the owner of the Staples Center and London’s O2 Arena in California federal court Wednesday, challenging an arrangement barring musicians from playing the O2 Arena unless they agree to play the Staples Center on the Los Angeles stop of their tour.

  • March 21, 2018

    La. Panel Finds Casino Staff Not Liable For Drunk Driver

    A Louisiana appeals panel found Wednesday that a casino bartender and two security guards are immune from being sued for allegedly over-serving a guest and then allowing him to leave while clearly intoxicated before he caused a fatal car crash.

  • March 21, 2018

    EU Data Authority Pushes For Tighter 'Fake News' Regulation

    The European data protection supervisor on Wednesday called for privacy regulators to work more closely with election and media authorities to clamp down on the spread of "fake news," saying that the standard approach of fighting online data manipulation with increased transparency wasn't enough.

Expert Analysis

  • Congressional Review Act Cannot Restore Net Neutrality

    Bennett Ross

    Proposals to use the Congressional Review Act to “undo” the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would not accomplish the objectives its proponents claim they want to achieve. In fact, it would only deprive consumers of a right to receive vital information about their broadband services, says Bennett Ross of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 6 Consumer Protection Enforcement Trends To Watch At FTC

    Howard Morse

    With new leadership poised to take the helm at the Federal Trade Commission, now is an opportune time to review the latest consumer protection trends and developments, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Don't Run Afoul Of NCAA Trademarks During March Madness

    Chas Rampenthal

    It’s tempting for your marketing campaign to get caught up in the frenzy that is the March collegiate basketball playoffs, but that isn’t a license to disregard the dangers of trademark infringement, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at Inc.

  • The Case For Early Mediation Or Arbitration In IP Disputes

    Jerry Cohen

    Alternative dispute resolution is one of the best ways to resolve disputes involving patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues. While not every situation lends itself to ADR, it is more accessible than many parties assume, says Jerry Cohen of Burns & Levinson LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.