Media & Entertainment

  • April 18, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Settles Dispute Over Trump Story Rights

    The National Enquirer’s owner announced a settlement with a former Playboy Playmate on Wednesday, ending a suit she brought in California state court related to the sale of her story about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

  • April 18, 2018

    Antitrust Concerns Led Fox To Pick Disney Over Comcast

    Walt Disney Co. said in an SEC filing Wednesday that potential regulatory risk including the “possibility of an outright prohibition” led 21st Century Fox Inc. to decline a higher offer from a third party, reportedly Comcast Corp., before agreeing to Disney’s $52.4 billion acquisition deal in December.

  • April 18, 2018

    The Embedded Tweets Battle: Everything You Need To Know

    A controversial ruling on embedded tweets is headed for an immediate appeal, setting up what will be a closely watched case over the tension between copyright law and technological change. As the appeal gets underway, here's everything you need to know.

  • April 18, 2018

    Trump Likely Defamed Porn Star With Tweet, Lawyer Says

    President Donald Trump likely exposed himself to defamation claims when he called adult film actress Stormy Daniels’ release of a composite sketch of a man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas garage a “total con job,” Daniels’ lawyer told a packed George Washington University Law School auditorium Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Leverage Doesn’t Solve Problems, Time Warner CEO Says

    AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner has nothing to do with gaining “leverage” over rival pay-TV providers and everything to do with tackling the real challenges facing modern television programmers, Time Warner’s CEO said in D.C. federal court Wednesday in a step-by-step attack on the U.S. government’s merger challenge.

  • April 18, 2018

    Facebook Offers Preview Of GDPR-Inspired Privacy Policies

    Facebook Inc. said that it is rolling out new privacy measures for users worldwide in moves designed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, a slate of European Union privacy laws coming into effect next month.

  • April 18, 2018

    DirecTV Looks To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Merger Fight

    Satellite service provider DirecTV asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to dismiss it from the U.S. Department of Justice suit challenging AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, arguing that it has no business being in the case since it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the buyer.

  • April 18, 2018

    DraftKings Wants Fantasy Sports Declared Legal In Texas

    DraftKings has hit Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with another lawsuit in state court seeking to prevent a ban on daily fantasy sports, saying players don’t simply bet on sporting outcomes but use skills, knowledge and mastery of “complex econometric and statistical concepts” to determine the outcomes.

  • April 18, 2018

    Seminoles Extend Guarantee On Gambling Payments To Fla.

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida reached agreement Wednesday with the state of Florida to amend a 2017 litigation settlement over their exclusive gaming compact that extends the tribe’s commitment to continue making its revenue-sharing payments to the state through May 2019, the governor announced.

  • April 18, 2018

    'Hotel Mumbai' Producer Sues Weinstein Co. To Nix Contract

    An Australian film production company Monday asked the Delaware bankruptcy court to cancel a distribution deal The Weinstein Co. has listed as an asset in its Chapter 11 case, saying it was fraudulently induced into a deal that has been effectively dead for months.

  • April 18, 2018

    No Quick End To Relativity Co-Founder Fraud Claims: Judge

    A New York bankruptcy judge is refusing for now to shut down fraud claims against Relativity Media LLC co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh, demanding briefing Wednesday on whether a litigation release that applies to board members also applies to the plaintiff — who was indeed a board member — when he's wearing another hat.

  • April 18, 2018

    Texas Panel Told To Revive Asbestos Depo 'Coaching' Row

    Counsel for an attorney and freelance journalist who wants access to a memo, which allegedly was used by a Dallas law firm to coach clients through depositions in asbestos litigation, told a Texas appellate court in oral arguments Wednesday the trial court wrongly ruled it didn't have authority to hear the matter.

  • April 18, 2018

    Consent Forms Enough To Add Party To FLSA Suits: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that individuals who opt into collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act need only file a written consent to become a named party to the case, tackling an issue the appeals court called "a question of first impression in every circuit."

  • April 18, 2018

    Retired NFLers Hit Back At Magistrate's Sanctions In EA Suit

    A proposed class of former NFL players suing video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. for allegedly using their identities in Madden NFL has fired back at a California magistrate judge’s sanctions order over alleged evasive answers to discovery requests, telling a federal court Tuesday that the decision was wrong and overly harsh.

  • April 18, 2018

    US Film Cos. Won $4.4M Distribution Row Fairly, Judge Says

    A California federal judge confirmed a $4.4 million international arbitration issued against an Emirati company following a dispute over the rights to distribute two U.S. film companies’ movies in the Middle East, ruling there are no facts supporting the distributor’s notion that the arbitrator was biased.

  • April 18, 2018

    Breaking Bud Beer Infringes Show's TM, Sony Alleges

    Sony Pictures Television Inc. hit Knee Deep Brewing Co. with a lawsuit in California federal court Tuesday, claiming the Auburn-based brewer's Breaking Bud beer infringes its trademarks for the Emmy Award-winning television series "Breaking Bad."

  • April 18, 2018

    MoMA Claims Manhattan Cafe Is Infringing Name, Trade Dress

    The Museum of Modern Art sued newly opened Lower East Side café and art gallery MoMaCha in New York federal court on Tuesday, accusing it of infringing its famous trademarked name and trade dress that date to at least 1967 and appear in exhibition communications, retail goods and its restaurant The Modern.

  • April 18, 2018

    WWE, Take-Two Slammed For Wrestler's Tattoos In Game

    A tattoo artist hit World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and others with a copyright infringement suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming several of the “WWE 2K” video games portray the distinctive tattoos she's done on professional wrestler Randy Orton.

  • April 18, 2018

    Music Downloaders Settle Price-Fixing MDL With Record Cos.

    A group of consumers has reached a tentative settlement agreement over claims Sony BMG Music Entertainment and other record labels conspired to fix the price of music downloads, an attorney for the music buyers told a Manhattan federal judge Monday.

  • April 18, 2018

    BBH Unit Closes Latest Fund At $250M Hard Cap

    The private equity and venture capital arm of financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. said Wednesday that it has closed its latest fund with $250 million in commitments that will be used to invest in a range of sectors including health care and telecommunications.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • The Impact Of Tax Reform On Film, TV And Print Media: Part 2

    Michele Alexander

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has imposed new limitations on a corporation’s ability to take advantage of net operating losses. Certain changes will disproportionately affect media companies, impacting their debt restructuring, acquisition and disposition strategies, say Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis of Bracewell LLP in New York.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For Embedded Tweet Copyright Case

    Marcus Chatterton

    If the Second Circuit affirms the Goldman v. Breitbart decision that embedded content may constitute copyright infringement, it will create more burdens on publishers and journalists, and it may invite some creative defenses under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, says Marcus Chatterton of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.