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Media & Entertainment

  • September 20, 2018

    NY Times Sues For FCC's Russia-Linked Net Neutrality Docs

    The New York Times hit the Federal Communications Commission with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Thursday in New York federal court accusing the FCC of lobbing “a series of roadblocks” as the newspaper seeks records on potential Russian interference in the rulemaking process that repealed net neutrality.

  • September 20, 2018

    Reality Show HIPAA Lapses Spawn $1M In Hospital Payouts

    A trio of prestigious Massachusetts hospitals will collectively pay almost $1 million to resolve allegations they flouted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by disclosing patient information during filming of an ABC documentary series, federal regulators announced Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Big Cities Say FCC's 5G Rollout Will Disrupt Biz Partnerships

    As the Federal Communications Commission approaches a Wednesday vote on an order that could set standard rates and terms for the deployment of small cells, powerful cities including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago are voicing opposition to the move, but FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has suggested such pleas are profit-motivated.

  • September 20, 2018

    IHeartMedia Gets OK To Solicit Creditor Votes On Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge issued an order Thursday approving the disclosures and solicitation materials for iHeartMedia Inc.'s Chapter 11 plan, which is expressly opposed by the broadcast media giant's unsecured creditors and has faced challenges from federal authorities.

  • September 20, 2018

    Calif. Tribe Launches Environmental Review For New Casino

    The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Tule River Indian Tribe are moving forward with plans to begin a preliminary environmental review process for a proposed 40-acre casino and tribe housing project in California, according to a notice filed Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Earl of Sandwich's Quick Win Bid Draws Ire In Caesars' Ch. 11

    Investment adviser Whitebox Advisors LLC blasted an Earl of Sandwich location’s request for an order declaring it the owner of a $3.6 million claim in Caesars’ Illinois federal court bankruptcy, arguing that the evidence shows the now-shuttered Atlantic City eatery had reached a binding preliminary deal to sell the claim.

  • September 20, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Was Correct, DC Circ. Told

    AT&T told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that a lower court correctly ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice did not demonstrate how its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. would increase wholesale prices for distributors and retail rates for consumers.

  • September 20, 2018

    DC Bill Bets On Sports Gambling To Fund Child Care, Arts

    A Washington, D.C., council member has introduced a bill to legalize sports betting in the nation’s capital, wagering that an influx of gambling tax revenue would help fund early-childhood care and humanities initiatives throughout the district.

  • September 20, 2018

    Media Giants Face Another Antitrust Suit Over TV Ad Rates

    A Mississippi auto dealer filed a putative class action against Hearst, Sinclair, Tribune and other media conglomerates in Maryland federal court Wednesday claiming they colluded to boost local television advertising rates, the latest in an onslaught of antitrust suits against the broadcasters.

  • September 20, 2018

    CBS Wants 9th Circ. To Rethink Pre-1972 Song Ruling

    CBS is asking the full Ninth Circuit to rethink a ruling last month that “remastered” versions of old recordings aren’t entitled to new copyrights, arguing the decision “overturned decades of law” on so-called derivative works.

  • September 20, 2018

    Sky Bidding War To Culminate In Weekend Auction

    The bidding war for British telecom giant Sky PLC will draw to a close one way or another by the end of the week, with the U.K.'s takeover regulator on Thursday calling for an auction this weekend to settle the fight between suitors 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ashley Judd's Weinstein Defamation Suit Moves Forward

    A California judge on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd's harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein, but ruled she was not too late filing her claim that the disgraced movie mogul launched a smear campaign that kept her from being cast in "The Lord of the Rings" after she rebuffed his sexual advances.

  • September 19, 2018

    Reps. Press Google On YouTube's Use Of Kids' Data

    A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers are pressing Google to detail how YouTube handles personal information belonging to children who use the popular video-sharing service, saying that a recent complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission raised serious questions over whether the site is in step with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

  • September 19, 2018

    Glassdoor Fights Order To Hand Over Reviewers' Identities

    Counsel for Glassdoor Inc. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that a state free speech law should defeat a trial court's order that the company hand over the identities of two individuals who posted anonymous negative reviews of an online lingerie retailer.

  • September 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tencent Music, Linde, Coca-Cola

    Tencent Music wants to raise roughly $2 billion in an initial public offering, Linde AG is selling more assets, and Coca-Cola is pushing forward with its bid to swallow Nigeria’s Chi Ltd.

  • September 19, 2018

    NTIA's Redl Says Spectrum Sharing Is The Future Of 5G

    For National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl, the government’s vast land and spectrum holdings are an untapped resource that can help make 5G a reality.

  • September 19, 2018

    EEOC Hits Cable Co. With Suit Over Absence, Leave Policies

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a federal lawsuit Wednesday that a Hawaiian communications company that’s now part of Spectrum regularly denied disabled employees a reasonable accommodation of leave, flouting the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • September 19, 2018

    Bally's Casino Dealers Push To Revive OT Wage Settlement

    A class of Bally’s Atlantic City card table dealers asked a New Jersey federal magistrate judge Wednesday to reopen a wage-and-hour action alleging employees weren't paid for attending pre-shift staff meetings, saying casino owner Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s emergence from bankruptcy can allow a $500,000 settlement to move forward.

  • September 19, 2018

    FCC Clears Nominet To Run TV 'White Space' Database

    The FCC has found database operator Nominet fit to operate technology used to monitor spectrum bands held by broadcasters in order to direct unlicensed users toward unused gaps on the airwaves.

  • September 19, 2018

    FCC Must Rein In Local Cable Franchise Fees, Groups Say

    The Federal Communications Commission should clarify that internet services provided by cable companies are generally not subject to fees imposed by local franchising authorities, according to public comments posted Tuesday and Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Limitations Of NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    A New York law that took effect this summer prohibits predispute agreements to arbitrate sexual harassment claims. Although well-intentioned, this provision is unlikely to significantly alter the status quo, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Jacob Singer of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Opinion

    Court Doubles Down On Incorrect Right Of Publicity Ruling

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal court's refusal last week to reconsider Davis v. Electronic Arts magnifies the manifest errors in its recent decision by ignoring the blatantly obvious identifiability of the former NFL players, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Should Billboard Cases Rely On Metromedia Ruling?

    Michael Wright

    Courts cite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1981 plurality opinion in Metromedia as authority for deferential review of restrictions on off-site commercial signs. But the Supreme Court's 1977 Marks decision casts serious doubt on whether Metromedia is binding precedent. And if it is not binding, sign bans that are routinely upheld today will face a test many may fail, says attorney Michael Wright.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's AmEx Antitrust Analysis

    Barry Reingold

    As lower courts decide whether to apply the U.S. Supreme Court's AmEx decision to other types of two-sided markets, the key question will be whether allegedly anti-competitive conduct on one side of a platform may be credibly constrained by indirect network effects on the other, say Barry Reingold and David Chiappetta of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Brands, Beware Too Much Influence Over Your Influencers

    Paul Menes

    In light of the new independent contractor test developed by the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, brands in the state would be wise to have their agreements and statements of disclosure responsibilities with influencers reviewed and re-evaluated, says Paul Menes of ADLI Law Group.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.