Media & Entertainment

  • December 14, 2017

    Pearson Says Flash Card Site Ignores Copyright Law

    Pearson Education filed suit Wednesday in Indiana federal court against the owner of an interactive flash card-sharing site, alleging that the owner "thumb[ed] his nose at copyright law" by exploiting pirated test banks from the publishing company for personal profit.

  • December 14, 2017

    MVP: O'Melveny's Daniel Petrocelli

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Daniel Petrocelli landed a massive win that helped shape the music industry when New York's highest appeals court ruled that radio companies like SiriusXM are not required to pay to broadcast pre-1972 recordings over the air, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 14, 2017

    FCC Kickstarts Review Of National TV Audience Cap

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday teed up a further review of its media ownership regulations, voting to move forward with a comment process taking aim at its nationwide television audience cap.

  • December 14, 2017

    FCC Overturns Net Neutrality Rules

    As anticipated, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally, handing industry groups a win and offering ISPs leeway to try out “fast” and “slow” lanes for web traffic.

  • December 14, 2017

    Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Assets In $52.4B Blockbuster

    Disney and 21st Century Fox have come to terms on a $52.4 billion agreement that will see Disney pick up 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, along with cable and international TV assets, according to a Thursday statement.

  • December 13, 2017

    FIFA Trial Catalogs Broken Loyalties And Shifting Alliances

    As the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of agreeing to take millions in bribes from sports marketing companies began to wind down Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys attested to the culture of graft fostered over years by gatekeepers of the sport.

  • December 13, 2017

    Fla. Firm Wants Order Quashed In Facebook Friends DQ Row

    A law firm petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to disqualify a trial judge over her Facebook friendship with a potential opposing counsel filed an emergency motion late Wednesday asking the justices to quash an appeals panel's order quashing two discovery orders, saying it violated the high court's stay.

  • December 13, 2017

    Spokeo Wants Justices To Revisit Last Year’s Standing Ruling

    Spokeo is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the Article III standing bar it set last year in a dispute over alleged inaccuracies on a credit report, saying the justices' pronouncement that some intangible injuries could meet this threshold has spurred “widespread confusion” that “cries out” for an immediate resolution.

  • December 13, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Hires Boies Schiller Litigator In NYC

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on Wednesday announced it had hired a commercial litigator from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP who has handled several headline-grabbing cases in the art world.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blumenthal Asks DOJ To Reopen Comcast-NBCU Review

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Wednesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to consider extending soon-to-expire conditions on Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, citing the antitrust enforcer's recent challenge to AT&T's bid for Time Warner and the impending demise of net neutrality rules.

  • December 13, 2017

    High Court Should Take On Net Neutrality, Watchdog Says

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it had thrown its support behind a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a D.C. Circuit decision that approved the classification of internet service as a Title II public utility and greenlighted the net neutrality rules currently in effect.

  • December 13, 2017

    Gizmodo, Deadspin Defamation Suit Hits Major Snag

    A sports betting guru's state court defamation suit against a Deadspin.com writer hit a major snag Wednesday after a New York bankruptcy court ruled that the claims are barred by an injunction tied to the 2016 sale of the website's former parent Gawker Media to Univision.

  • December 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Disney, AmBank, Saudi Aramco

    Walt Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox is on the precipice of being announced, a Malaysian lender is mulling the sale of its general insurance business, and Saudi Aramco is still deciding upon book runners and global coordinators as the state-owned oil giant prepares for a 2018 IPO that’s expected to raise $100 billion.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blind Advocate Fights Fla. Arena's Bid To Nix ADA Suit

    A blind man now suing a sports and entertainment arena for allegedly failing to make its website accessible urged a Florida federal court Tuesday not to nix his Americans with Disabilities Act case, arguing he does have a stake in the matter and sufficiently detailed his claims.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty Trial Halted Over 'Career-Ending' Claims

    The Martin Shkreli-linked fraud trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel came to a screeching halt Wednesday, over unidentified “potentially career-ending” claims raised by Greebel's lawyers involving an unnamed government official.

  • December 13, 2017

    Daily Beast Coverage Of RNC Talk Defamatory, Lou Holtz Says

    Longtime NCAA football coach Lou Holtz launched a defamation lawsuit in Florida federal court Wednesday against online publication The Daily Beast Co., saying a 2016 article suggesting he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention was factually inaccurate and damaging to his public persona.  

  • December 13, 2017

    Google Owes Advertisers For False Traffic, Suit Says

    Google LLC was paid by advertising publisher AdTrader Inc. to display clients’ online ads but wasted them on fake software programs and then refused a full refund for what the clients spent on fraudulent or accidental online user traffic, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    'Filmchella' Can't Be 'Filmchilla' Either, Judge Says

    A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that the organizers of an upstart movie festival called “Filmchella” — already hit with an injunction after being sued by the Coachella music festival for trademark infringement — also cannot use the name “Filmchilla."

  • December 13, 2017

    6th Circ. Made 'Favored Class' Of Infringers, Marketer Says

    A marketing firm urged the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider its decision that a blogger who had posted the entirety of a copyrighted textbook to his site may continue to remain anonymous if unmasking might chill otherwise protected speech, arguing that allowing an anonymous infringer to be protected under the First Amendment would create an “unprecedented, favored class of wrongdoers.”

  • December 13, 2017

    What To Expect After The Impending Net Neutrality Rollback

    The Federal Communications Commission is poised to roll back its Obama-era net neutrality protections on Thursday, allowing internet service providers room to experiment with different access packages for customers but possibly gaining more control over what people see. Here, experts weigh in on what might come after the FCC's impending vote.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

  • Does Your Rule 12 Motion Based On Fair Use Have A Chance?

    Amelia Brankov

    While Rule 12 motions are tempting because success can bring clients early victory, counsel should think carefully and consider a number of practice pointers before deciding whether doing so is worth the time and expense, say Amelia Brankov and Azita Iskandar of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.