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Media & Entertainment

  • December 13, 2018

    Ex-Sacramento Kings Exec. Admits To $13.4M Fraud Scheme

    A former chief revenue officer for the Sacramento Kings has agreed to plead guilty to taking $13.4 million from the team's sponsors for his own use by altering their sponsorship agreements without the team's knowledge.

  • December 13, 2018

    Open Road Films' Ch. 11 Sale Delayed By Assumption Issue

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge delayed approval of the Chapter 11 sale of Open Road Films LLC on Thursday saying the parties needed to resolve outstanding contract cure and assumption issues before an amended sale order could be signed.

  • December 13, 2018

    Paramount Beats 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Defamation Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed out a libel lawsuit filed against Paramount Pictures over “The Wolf of Wall Street,” ruling that a real-life attorney was not defamed by a fictional character in the film he claimed resembled him.

  • December 13, 2018

    NWA IP Suit Straight Outta Court As Dre, Capitol Records Exit

    A musician suing Dr. Dre and Capitol Records over claims they ripped off his '70s song for a track on N.W.A.'s iconic “Straight Outta Compton” album asked a Kentucky federal judge to drop the copyright suit on Thursday, weeks after telling the judge they'd agreed to settle the case.

  • December 13, 2018

    Dem Puts New Block On FCC Pick Over Rural Broadband

    Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday morning that he will block the pending renomination of Republican Brendan Carr to the Federal Communications Commission, a day after Sen. Dan Sullivan suggested he would soon remove his own hold on the process.  

  • December 13, 2018

    2 More Pa. Casinos Open Doors To Sports Betting

    Rivers and SugarHouse Casinos in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively, became the second and third casinos to open sports betting in the state with a “soft launch” Thursday and Friday afternoons, testing the waters before a full rollout.

  • December 13, 2018

    Davis Wright Nabs Entertainment Litigator In LA

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has hired a media litigator who has represented famous recording artists including Gwen Stefani, Led Zeppelin, Britney Spears and Green Day in high-profile lawsuits and disputes over intellectual property, the firm said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    CVS-Only HIV, AIDS Drugs Aren't Discriminatory, Judge Says

    A potential class of Amtrak, Lowe’s Companies Inc. and Warner Media LLC employees with HIV and AIDS aren't being discriminated against just because their health plans will only cover medications from CVS Health Corp., a California federal judge ruled in dismissing the workers' suit against the companies.

  • December 12, 2018

    Dr. Seuss-'Star Trek' Mashup Maker Seeks End To IP Row

    The creators of a Dr. Seuss-"Star Trek" mashup told a federal judge to give a copyright case the hook, arguing their work doesn't hurt sales of the original children's book.

  • December 12, 2018

    Public Access TV Not A State Actor, Cato Tells High Court

    The Cato Institute is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Second Circuit ruling that it says wrongly classifies public access television networks as state actors that are capable of stifling individual First Amendment rights.

  • December 12, 2018

    DOJ Enforcer Denies Politics Played Into AT&T, Warner Case

    The U.S. Justice Department's top antitrust enforcer on Wednesday deflected lawmakers' concerns that White House pressure led to the DOJ's challenge to the tie-up of AT&T and Time Warner, insisting that political influence plays “absolutely” no role in the agency's reviews of megamergers.

  • December 12, 2018

    CBS News, 3 Female Staffers End Dispute Over Charlie Rose

    CBS News Inc. has reached a confidential settlement resolving claims made by three women in New York state court that it allowed former news personality Charlie Rose to sexually harass them by improperly ignoring other sexual harassment allegations against him for years.

  • December 12, 2018

    Music Sampling May Be Infringement, EU Court Advised

    An advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union found in a Wednesday opinion that sampling music without permission is infringement under EU copyright law, weighing in on an infringement dispute between members of German electronic band Kraftwerk and German rapper and music producer Moses Pelham.

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Dredge 'Shape Of Water' Copyright Row

    The Ninth Circuit should reverse a California federal court’s toss of a suit claiming that Oscar winner "The Shape of Water" ripped off a 1969 play that also involved a lonely female janitor at a laboratory falling in love with a test subject, the playwright’s son has argued.

  • December 12, 2018

    AMC To Face Ex-'Walking Dead' Exec's $300M Royalties Suit

    A five-year fight between “The Walking Dead” show creator Frank Darabont and entertainment behemoth AMC over the hit zombie show’s royalties is poised to head to trial after a New York judge on Monday issued a long-awaited ruling keeping the $300 million case alive.

  • December 12, 2018

    GOP Sen. Says He May Allow FCC Nominee Vote Soon

    The hurdle blocking the confirmation of two Federal Communications Commission nominees could be removed by the end of the year.

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Pirate Radio Operator Arrested After FCC Tip

    A pirate radio operator in Westchester, New York, has been busted by local authorities working off a tip from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Wednesday, marking a rare arrest in an enforcement arena that is usually limited to fines and seizures.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

Expert Analysis

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Tangible Property Sales Taxes Don't Apply To Intangibles

    Craig Fields

    Recent tax decisions in Pennsylvania and Michigan highlight taxing authorities' unsuccessful attempts to assert sales and use tax on products and services that use new technologies not contemplated by old taxing statutes, say Craig Fields and Rebecca Balinskas of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call For Nationwide Consistency On Noncompetes

    Steven Kayman

    There is something to be said for and against all of the various approaches taken to address the nettlesome problem of noncompetes. But little can be said to justify what we now have — a complex quilt work of varying laws and rules, say Steven Kayman of Proskauer Rose LLP and Lauren Davis, a law clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court​​​​​​​.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tips For Planning A Holiday Pop-Up Shop

    Serena Carlsen

    Pop-up locations are a fun and effective way to engage new clients and increase brand awareness while keeping overhead costs low. These temporary retail stores involve both customary and unique legal issues for retailers to consider when structuring a pop-up campaign, say attorneys at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • A Theory For Defending Libel Suits In An AI World

    Michael Giudicessi

    ​P​ublic figures will face great difficulty winning libel suits involving ​speech generated by artificial intelligence​, ​and even in a private figure case, publishers who use algorithms​ ​can rely on the well-established wire-service defense to avoid liability​, say Michael Giudicessi and Leita Walker of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.