Media & Entertainment

  • March 20, 2018

    Streaming Services To Factor In AT&T-Time Warner Challenge

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a D.C. federal court on Tuesday that internet video distributors like Netflix and Google’s YouTube TV are not replacements for pay-television services, while AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. countered that they need to do their deal to keep up with the new competitors.

  • March 20, 2018

    Sports Gambling Co. Slapped With Suit For Unsolicited Texts

    A Maryland sports wagering business violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to consumers and offering advice for picking the winners in the National Football League and other contests, a proposed class action lawsuit filed Monday in Georgia federal court alleged.

  • March 20, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Sues To Break Silence On Trump

    A former Playboy Playmate on Tuesday accused the National Enquirer’s owner of colluding with her then-lawyer to trick her into silence on her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, making her at least the second woman to resist a so-called hush agreement in California state court.

  • March 20, 2018

    US Film Cos. Defend $4.4M Award In Int’l Distribution Fight

    Two U.S. film companies urged a California federal court Monday not to vacate a $4.4 million international arbitration award issued against an Emirati company following a dispute over the rights to distribute movies in the Middle East, saying the Dubai-based distributor is attempting to relitigate the dispute.

  • March 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear Long-Running FM Station Sale Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday declined to rethink its decision upholding the 1996 sale of a Sacramento, California, radio station to Entercom after a circuit panel rejected the original owner’s latest attempt to block the license transfer in February.

  • March 20, 2018

    Ill. AG Nabs Quick Win Over Staffing Agency's Ads

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan won partial summary judgment in her suit accusing a Chicago staffing agency of publishing advertisements that discriminate against Latinos, with an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday finding she proved the company is liable for the alleged conduct but did not similarly prove its managers' liability.

  • March 20, 2018

    Paul Hastings Gets 5 Entertainment Attys From Loeb & Loeb

    Paul Hastings LLP has snagged a group of five big-name media and entertainment partners from Loeb & Loeb LLP for its newly opened Century City office in Los Angeles, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2018

    DirecTV, CenturyLink Exposed User Info Online, Suit Says

    A customer with a DirecTV and CenturyLink bundled service hit the companies with a class action Monday in Washington federal court accusing them of compromising consumer privacy by putting bills online, complete with information such as names, addresses, satellite television billings and numbers called.

  • March 20, 2018

    ‘No One Is Above The Law’: Trump Must Face Defamation Suit

    A New York state judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump to escape a defamation suit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, saying nothing in the U.S. Constitution protected the president from a suit filed by a private citizen over his unofficial actions.

  • March 20, 2018

    Tinder Stays On IP Warpath, Sues Top Chinese Dating App

    The company that owns the dating app Tinder filed a sweeping intellectual property lawsuit Monday against a service billed as “China’s Tinder" just days after filing a similar case against top U.S. rival Bumble.

  • March 20, 2018

    Beats Can't Unplug Monster's $100M Contract Claims

    A California judge on Tuesday denied Beats Electronics’ bid to dismiss Monster LLC's contract claims alleging that an audit wrapping up their manufacturing and distribution relationship shorted Monster by $100 million, saying interpreting the parties’ agreements will require looking at the facts.

  • March 20, 2018

    MoFo, DLA Guide $155M ING-MassMutual Loan

    Morrison & Foerster LLP represented ING Capital in connection with its $155 million loan to a DLA Piper-counseled subsidiary of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. for a rental apartment property on West 42nd Street in Manhattan that's also home to a theater, according to records made public in New York on Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.

  • March 20, 2018

    Weinstein Co.'s Del. Ch. 11 Kickoff Marked By $25M Loan Fight

    The Weinstein Co. steered its business into Delaware bankruptcy court and away from the scandals of co-founder Harvey Weinstein late Monday but immediately slammed into a case-opening battle over the source and cost of a $25 million bankruptcy loan.

  • March 20, 2018

    Embedded Tweet Copyright Case Sent To 2nd Circ.

    A New York federal judge has given Time Inc. and other publishers the right to file an immediate appeal from a controversial copyright ruling last month over embedded tweets, crediting their claims of “tremendous uncertainty.”

  • March 19, 2018

    Manhattan DA's Weinstein Probe To Get Unheard-Of Review

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will face a review into how his office handled a sexual assault complaint against former media mogul Harvey Weinstein after a report suggested prosecutors on the case sought to discredit an alleged victim, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

  • March 19, 2018

    'China's Netflix' Leads 6 IPO Launches Exceeding $3B Total

    Chinese video-streaming giant iQiyi Inc. has launched an estimated $2.3 billion initial public offering, leading six companies that set price ranges on Friday and Monday for IPOs estimated to raise nearly $3.1 billion combined and hit the market later this month.

  • March 19, 2018

    Charter Seeks End To Texas Cable Permit Dispute

    Charter Communications Inc. Monday sought a quick win in its suit over cable television franchise permit payments, telling a Texas federal judge the permits were clearly expired and unenforceable when it paid more than $12 million in royalties on the permits to a Texas family.

  • March 19, 2018

    'Breach' Or Not, Facebook In Legal Hot Water Over Data Use

    Facebook’s continued insistence Monday that it wasn’t a “data breach” when an analytics firm mined private data on millions of unwitting Americans to create detailed voter profiles won’t get the social network off the hook with federal authorities, ex-regulators say.

  • March 19, 2018

    Facebook, Users Urge Quick Wins In Biometric Privacy Suit

    A putative class of Facebook users urged a California federal court Friday to find the social media giant unlawfully used facial-recognition technology to collect biometric data without appropriate consent, while the company argued the case should be tossed since no injury has been shown.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Consolidation And Cross-Ownership: Trends In Media M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Meredith Senter Jr.

    Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. media industry have been on the rise, with television M&A returning after a hiatus due to “quiet period” restrictions. There is also significant M&A activity involving program networks, cable operators and other distributors, and the regulatory environment is encouraging, say Meredith Senter Jr. and Erin Kim of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Why Sexual Harassment Victims Face Class Action Hurdles

    Daniel Messeloff

    The #MeToo movement continues to gain momentum, but before a wave of litigation can ensue, the federal government and the U.S. Supreme Court will need to revisit the question of arbitration clauses in employment contracts. Even then, there will still be hurdles to establishing class claims for sexual harassment, say Daniel Messeloff and Emily Knight of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Litigation Alternatives In #MeToo Movement

    Deanell Reece Tacha

    In this highly litigious society, many are asking why sexual harassment cases languish, are not reported or not challenged through normal legal channels. The answers to these questions are complicated, but one significant factor is that the adversarial legal system is ill-equipped to address the complex issues these cases raise, says Deanell Reece Tacha, a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS and former judge for the Tenth Circuit.

  • An Economic Analysis Of Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Scott Wallsten

    The AT&T-Time Warner merger debate is different from most large mergers only in that politics have entered the discussion in a way that has happened rarely in the past. Despite President Trump's disapproval, the proposed transaction is a textbook vertical merger and should be evaluated as such, says economist Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute.

  • Copyright Ruling May Encourage Willful Infringement

    Terry Parker

    A New York federal court recently found Shoshanna Collection liable for willful copyright infringement and awarded FameFlynet statutory damages in the amount of $750. Trebling licensing fees as a measure for statutory damages may sound sensible. But it is contrary to the Copyright Act and Second Circuit law, says Terry Parker of Rath Young Pignatelli PC.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • High Court Ruling In FTI Consulting Makes Eminent Sense

    Charles Tabb

    Before the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Merit Management v. FTI Consulting last week, almost any corporate debtor could file in New York or Delaware and, in structuring a securities buyout, plan to close in escrow through a financial institution and be certain that the buyout was unavoidable. No more, says Charles Tabb of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.