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Media & Entertainment

  • July 20, 2018

    MGM Wants Las Vegas Mass Shooting Suits In MDL

    MGM Resorts International has asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate more than a dozen suits filed in connection with last year’s Las Vegas mass shooting, saying all claims and potential claims arise out of a single event.

  • July 20, 2018

    Weinstein Judge Lets 'Children Of The Corn' Suit Go Ahead

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday lifted a Chapter 11 stay clearing the way for a movie producer to resume his lawsuit in California federal court against The Weinstein Co. disputing sequel, remake and spinoff rights to the 1984 horror film “Children of the Corn.”

  • July 20, 2018

    Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm To Study Possible Misuse

    Facebook Inc. has suspended social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon from using its platform, it announced Friday, saying it would look into whether the company’s work under contracts with federal agencies and a contract with a firm allegedly tied to the Russian government violate its user data policies.

  • July 20, 2018

    NCAA Looking At Impact Of Sports Betting Legalization

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association said Thursday it is looking at the impact of the legalization of sports betting on college sports, creating a team of experts who will determine how the integrity of games can be protected and betting can best be monitored.

  • July 20, 2018

    Gibson Brands Lender Wants Better Ch. 11 Sale Effort

    A major creditor to bankrupt guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. objected Friday to the company’s disclosure statement and vote solicitation plan in its Delaware Chapter 11 case, arguing the company had failed to market the business properly and offering to help fund a market check.

  • July 20, 2018

    Apple User Fights To Win Cert. In HD False Ad Suit

    A California judge appeared unswayed Friday by an attorney who argued the judge should change his mind and certify a class of consumers who accuse Apple Inc. of "watering down" movies and shows that are advertised as high-definition, so they can be downloaded nearly instantaneously on Apple TV products.

  • July 20, 2018

    Sprint Spouts Conflicting 5G Rollout Claims, Cities Say

    A coalition of local governments has blasted Sprint before the Federal Communications Commission for making conflicting claims about municipalities impeding the rollout of the next generation of broadband on the one hand while touting the company's expansion of 5G infrastructure to customers on the other, saying its criticisms simply don't "hold up." 

  • July 20, 2018

    Calif. Court Revives Time Warner Tax Fight With LA County

    A California state appeals court on Thursday found that a Los Angeles County assessor can include revenue from Time Warner Cable Inc.’s broadband and telephone services in valuing the right to use the public rights-of-ways for the purposes of property taxes, partially reversing a trial court ruling over a $10 million property tax refund.

  • July 20, 2018

    School District Can't Keep Bus Discipline Vid Under Wraps

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Friday affirmed that a video of a teacher described as roughly disciplining a student on a school bus is public record, rejecting the school's position it is exempt under the state's Privacy Act because its release could affect federal funding and it involves a student's performance and employee discipline.

  • July 20, 2018

    Apple’s $16.5M App Auto-Renew Deal Gets Initial OK

    A California judge on Friday preliminarily approved Apple Inc.’s $16.5 million deal with a certified class of 4 million customers who have accused the tech giant of automatically renewing application subscriptions on their iPads, AppleTVs and iPhones without their consent.

  • July 20, 2018

    Sinclair Couldn't Avoid Deal Review Despite High-Level Talks

    The Federal Communications Commission was not swayed by last-minute, high-level talks with attorneys for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. who reiterated the company’s plan to change up its divestitures in an effort to make its acquisition of Tribune Media Co. more palatable, documents filed with the FCC show.

  • July 20, 2018

    Sweden's Telia Snags TV Broadcasting Biz In $1B Deal

    Sweden-based telecommunications company Telia Co. AB on Friday said it will buy the broadcasting and media business of Swedish media group Bonnier AB for 9.2 billion Swedish kroner ($1 billion), striking the deal just days after Telia expanded its offerings in Norway in a separate multibillion-dollar acquisition.

  • July 19, 2018

    Judge Referees NCAA, Athletes In Antitrust Pretrial Match

    A California federal judge on Thursday laid the ground rules for a Sept. 4 bench trial over allegations the NCAA illegally prevents athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships, requiring the parties to cut down over 2,000 exhibits, restricting layman witnesses and setting time limits on arguments.

  • July 19, 2018

    News Org. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive FOIA Suit For 9/11 Docs

    A Florida news organization urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive its bid for access to documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, arguing there is evidence the FBI’s response to the records request was not done in good faith.

  • July 19, 2018

    MGM’s Bid To Dodge Vegas Shooting Liability Seen As Gamble

    After MGM’s recent preemptive actions to escape liability over last year’s mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas sparked widespread public backlash, experts said the hospitality giant is misreading the anti-terrorism law it cites and faces long odds in this case of first impression.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOI, North Fork Tribe Beat Group's Casino Challenge

    A California federal judge tossed a suit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to approve the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ casino project, saying the department didn’t violate federal law when it issued procedures allowing the tribe to offer gambling without a tribal-state compact in place.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-RIAA Exec Joins Coblentz Patch IP Practice

    The Recording Industry Association of America's former senior vice president of litigation and legal affairs is joining the San Francisco-based Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Tribe Pushes To Revive Casino Suit Against Wis., Ho-Chunk

    The Stockbridge-Munsee Community pressed the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive its lawsuit seeking to block the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino expansion plans, saying the suit’s claims are timely and that the Ho-Chunk and the state of Wisconsin are seeking to shield that tribe’s gambling revenues.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ligado's Satellite 5G Network Should Commence, FCC Hears

    The wireless industry is ratcheting up pressure for the Federal Communications Commission to approve Ligado Networks LLC’s proposed licensing changes that would enable a massive satellite broadband network supporting the rollout of 5G and "internet of things" applications.

  • July 19, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Sinclair Clouded Tribune Divestiture Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to probe whether Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. obscured that it would effectively retain control of three divested stations in its acquisition of Tribune Media Co., according to a hearing designation order that was officially released Thursday afternoon.

Expert Analysis

  • Ensure All Relevant Parties Sign Arbitration Agreement

    Michael Cypers

    A California appellate court's decision in Benaroya v. Bruce Willis is one of several recent decisions teaching that if you want the ability to arbitrate against the key individuals in your counterparty, those individuals should be signatories to the arbitration clause in the underlying deal documents, say Michael Cypers and Michael Gerst of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

  • Biometrics And Geolocation Legislation: A Midyear Update

    Justin Kay

    In the first half of 2018, technology that determines where you are and who you are garnered significant attention. Less discussed are the legislative efforts underway in the federal government and in many states to regulate these emerging technologies, says Justin Kay of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.