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Media & Entertainment

  • January 18, 2019

    Pa. Gambling Board Urges Caution After DOJ Wire Act Opinion

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Friday urged operators in the state seeking to set up mobile and online platforms to be cautious after the U.S. Department of Justice earlier the week issued an opinion finding the Wire Act, which prohibits placing wagers across state lines, applies beyond sports betting.

  • January 18, 2019

    Charles Harder Clients End 2 Gizmodo Defamation Suits

    Clients of Charles Harder, who brought the invasion of privacy suit that forced Gawker Media to file for bankruptcy in 2016, discontinued two New York state court defamation lawsuits Friday against the media company's successor, Gizmodo Media Group LLC, following a noncash agreement, a Gizmodo spokesperson said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Atlantic City's Winning Streak Will Be Tough To Sustain

    Atlantic City's fiscal recovery may be fueled by sports betting fever and trendy hotspots along the New Jersey boardwalk, but the resort town's government and business leaders must overcome entrenched patterns of corruption and bad economic decisions in order to sustain this newfound prosperity, experts say.

  • January 18, 2019

    Brand Battles: Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, 'Shark Tank'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new cases at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, German auto giants Daimler and Volkswagen spar over "Smart" cars, Coca-Cola cites Smartwater to block a "Sportwater," and Sony argues that "Shark Tank" presents a different trademark story than a normal TV show title.

  • January 18, 2019

    Reps Tell FCC To Protect TV Cos. In Spectrum Expansion

    Two congressmen have urged the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in expanding the use of a spectrum band to wireless services, saying the impact on the broadcasters and cable operators that rely on the band should be minimized. 

  • January 18, 2019

    Persons Of Extraordinary Skill In The Art: 6 Celebrity Patents

    Most inventors labor in obscurity, but patent records also include a few people famous for something other than their side gig as an inventor. From a horror icon’s diaper breakthrough to a rock legend’s model train innovations, here’s a look at some star-studded patents.

  • January 18, 2019

    Movie Studios Call VidAngel's Fair Use Bid 'Utter Nonsense'

    Disney and a half dozen other movie studios urged a California federal judge Friday to find that streaming service VidAngel can't rely on fair use principles to defend its practice of distributing family-friendly edits of their films online, calling VidAngel's defense against their infringement claims "utter nonsense."

  • January 18, 2019

    Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

    The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Avenatti Slammed For 'Tactical' DQ Bid In Fee Fight

    Lawyers attempting to collect on a bankruptcy court judgment against attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti told a California federal court that Avenatti’s bid to disqualify them from the $10 million suit is a delay tactic that would allow him to move assets around while the case is pending.

  • January 18, 2019

    Apple CEO Draws Data Brokers Into Federal Privacy Law Fight

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" that would enable consumers to monitor and demand the deletion of data held by companies that operate under the radar, marking the latest entry in the simmering debate over the best way to regulate tech giants' handling of consumer data. 

  • January 18, 2019

    IHeartMedia Clears Ch. 11 Path With Legacy Noteholder Deal

    IHeartMedia Inc. has inked a deal with a contingent of its legacy holders who had protested the radio broadcast giant's bid to emerge from Chapter 11 in Texas, giving them $4 million in fees and allowing $544 million in legacy note claims.

  • January 18, 2019

    Does The FCC Have To Hold Its Meeting In Shutdown Mode?

    The Federal Communications Commission will face an unprecedented situation if the government shutdown lasts until the end of January: The largely shuttered agency must decide how or even whether to hold its monthly public meeting, which is scheduled for the 30th.

  • January 18, 2019

    FCC Reopens Tech Certification Portal, Relieving Backlog

    The Federal Communications Commission announced late Friday that it is reopening an online portal that confers certifications on new technology products, relieving some pressure that had mounted in the tech industry since the agency took the system offline due to the ongoing government shutdown.

  • January 18, 2019

    'Art Bastard' Drops $100M Cartel Case Against NYC Museums

    The so-called Art Bastard who sued prominent New York City museums claiming the “corporate museum cartel" kept him and others out of the high-end art market has decided to drop his $100 million antitrust suit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art and four others.

  • January 18, 2019

    Zynga Settles Chancery Insider Stock Sale Suit For $11.25M

    A once-dismissed derivative suit targeting insider trading in 2012 by directors of online game maker Zynga Inc. ended in Chancery Court Friday with an $11.25 million settlement for the company and pruned fee awards for the lead stockholder and class attorneys.

  • January 18, 2019

    1st Circ. Sides With NPR In Push For Juror Addresses

    A First Circuit panel ruled Friday that the media should be allowed access to juror names and addresses after a trial concludes, siding with a National Public Radio station in Boston that was denied that information after the conviction of New England Compounding Center pharmacist Glenn Chin.

  • January 18, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Metro, Nexon, Acuris

    Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is gearing up to make an offer for German retailer Metro AG, Tencent might offer to buy Japanese gaming company Nexon, and BC Partners is looking to sell the company behind Mergermarket and Debtwire.

  • January 18, 2019

    Final IRS Pass-Through Deduction Rules Snub Team Owners

    The Internal Revenue Service rejected pleas from the Major League Baseball commissioner and others to allow sports franchise owners to qualify for a new 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through businesses, under final regulations released Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Studios Settle Streaming Device War With Dragon Box

    Netflix, Disney, Amazon and other media outlets have tentatively agreed to settle with a company accused of selling a device that allows customers to stream movies and TV shows for free, according to a Thursday notice in California federal court.

  • January 17, 2019

    New Emails Suggest Gov't Leaked Platinum Probe Info: Execs

    Two executives at the investment firm Platinum Partners asked a Brooklyn federal judge Thursday to reconsider his decision not to dismiss the criminal fraud case against them based on alleged prosecutorial misconduct, saying they recently obtained emails that show an assistant U.S. attorney met a reporter for drinks the day before the reporter published a story about the investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 4

    Hagen Ganem

    In the final installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP focus on corporate governance best practices such as disclosures related to board evaluations and virtual shareholder meetings; the status of Dodd-Frank and other U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule-making matters; and considerations in assessing social media policies.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 3

    Caroline Kim

    In the third installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP consider corporate governance best practices including environmental, social and governance reporting, updates to director and officer questionnaires, board diversity and related disclosures, and shareholder proposals.

  • A 9th Circ. Shift On Timing For Class Cert. Motions

    Neal Ross Marder

    With its recent decision in ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corp — striking down a local rule that governs the time period for filing a motion for class certification — the Ninth Circuit created a major change to class actions in the Central District of California, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 2

    Joseph Yaffe

    In this installment of their four-part series, attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP offer insights to companies on executive compensation matters for 2019 — including pay ratio and hedging disclosures, say-on-pay votes and changes in pay practices due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 1

    Brian Breheny

    Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2019 annual meeting and reporting season. This four-part series by attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP covers essential items on which companies should focus, including corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.