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Media & Entertainment

  • June 19, 2018

    Filmmaker Says Disney Stole 'Inside Out' From College Project

    Disney is facing a new lawsuit alleging that it stole the idea for its hit film "Inside Out," this time from a filmmaker who accused the company of ripping off its concept from a short film he made in college, according to a copyright infringement suit filed in California federal court on Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Facebook Users Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Tracking Claims

    Several Facebook users urged the Ninth Circuit to breathe new life into multidistrict litigation accusing the social media giant of unlawfully tracking people’s browsing activity after they signed out, saying they deserve a remedy for misdeeds that led to widespread outrage, a congressional investigation and a Federal Trade Commission settlement.

  • June 19, 2018

    Hollywood Giants Must Face Copyright Claims Over Digital FX

    Disney, Paramount and 20th Century Fox lost a bid Monday to escape accusations the Hollywood studios violated copyright law when they created digital effects for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and a slew of other blockbusters.

  • June 19, 2018

    NRA Video Used Chicago 'Bean' Without Permission: Sculptor

    The artist behind Chicago's famous "Cloud Gate" sculpture, nicknamed "The Bean," slapped the National Rifle Association of America with copyright infringement claims in Illinois federal court Tuesday, saying the gun-rights advocacy organization featured his work in a video promoting fear and political warfare without his permission and has refused to remove it.

  • June 19, 2018

    'Van Gogh Of Woodworking' Wants Disclaimer For PBS Show

    The so-called “Van Gogh of Woodworking” asked a Massachusetts federal judge Tuesday to force a Boston PBS affiliate to show a disclaimer stating he is not involved in the current season of the station’s woodworking show as he accuses the affiliate of using his likeness and signature catchphrase.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-Senate Staffer Seeks To Gag Trump Over 'Leaker' Remark

    A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge for a gag order on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying the jury pool is likely to be tainted by comments like one Trump made calling him a “leaker.”

  • June 19, 2018

    High Times Mag Launches A+ IPO To Pursue Joint Ventures

    The owner of cannabis industry magazine High Times said Tuesday it will offer discounted shares to fans ahead of a miniature-style initial public offering that could raise up to $50 million, with the company using the Reg A+ program that imposes lighter regulations than a full-blown IPO. ​

  • June 19, 2018

    Sprint, T-Mobile Officially Ask FCC Permission To Merge

    T-Mobile and Sprint have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to combine forces, according to merger documents posted Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 18, 2018

    DOJ Says Ex-CIA Worker Stole, Leaked Classified Docs

    The government on Monday accused a former CIA employee of leaking classified national defense information to an outside organization that reports show was WikiLeaks, which had touted the leak as the largest-ever publication of confidential CIA documents.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    National Amusements Urges Stay In CBS Shareholder Suit

    National Amusements Inc. and its controller Shari Redstone pushed their case Monday for a stay of litigation in a lawsuit brought by shareholders of CBS Corp. in the Delaware Chancery Court in favor of a parallel proceeding that will resolve issues over a special stock dividend approved by the CBS board aimed at diluting her control.

  • June 18, 2018

    Beats Designer Calls $107M Royalties Bid 'Dishonest'

    A designer who worked on the headphones at the heart of a $107 million royalty dispute between a businessman and Beats Electronics founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre told a California jury Monday that he declined to join the suit because he thought going after more royalties would be “dishonest.”

  • June 18, 2018

    Talk Radio Networks Ask Judge To Lift Cumulus Ch. 11 Stay

    A group of talk radio content producers appealing the dismissal of an antitrust suit against Cumulus Inc. and others asked a New York bankruptcy judge on Monday to lift the company's Chapter 11 stay to let them file an opening brief to the Ninth Circuit.

  • June 18, 2018

    Calif. Tribe Asks 9th Circ. To Revisit DOI Casino Land Ruling

    The Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to rethink its ruling backing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to acquire land for another California tribe’s casino project, saying the DOI gave preferential treatment to the other tribe in its review process.

  • June 18, 2018

    Brazil Telecom's $20B Restructuring Deal Clears US Court

    A Manhattan bankruptcy judge has approved the restructuring plan of troubled Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA, clearing the way for a $20 billion debt-for-equity swap to take the company out of bankruptcy.

  • June 18, 2018

    Coachella Looks To Escape Rival Festival's Antitrust Suit

    The owner of the Coachella music festival pushed Friday to exit an antitrust suit targeting its contractual restrictions on where its acts can perform, saying a rival organizer is just looking to piggy-back on its popularity and the acts it attracts.

  • June 18, 2018

    Slot Club Investor Gets $200M Award Enforced In Singapore

    The Singapore High Court on Monday enforced a more than $200 million arbitral award to a Macanese investment firm following a dispute over a slot club with several Laotian entities, concluding that, despite some procedural irregularities, there was no evidence the parties had been adversely affected during the underlying arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Where Sports Bet Ruling Meets Federal Gambling Laws

    Scott Rader

    While each state is now free to enact new laws legalizing sports betting, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA does not displace a framework of federal gambling laws that were never intended to apply to a world where state-authorized sports betting is commonplace, say Scott Rader and Kelly Frey of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Opinion

    Don’t Revoke The Music Licensing Antitrust Decrees

    Glenn Manishin

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division is reconsidering recommending revisions to — or wholesale elimination of — the consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. But the antitrust purpose of these decrees remains just as valid today as when they were entered by the federal courts, says attorney Glenn Manishin.

  • A Look At 2 GDPR-Inspired Privacy Bills In Senate

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    The very public and high-profile allegations against Facebook have led to more discussion about data privacy than ever before within the U.S. Two pieces of proposed legislation have the potential to considerably change the U.S. data privacy regime, but it is not clear that either has a realistic chance of passing, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Ambush Marketing — Will It Kick Off At 2018 World Cup?

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    With the World Cup about to hit our screens, the temptation for some businesses that lack the badge of "official sponsor" to promote their global brand will be great. But, however tempting, the stakes for those so-called ambush marketers are high, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • How Kentucky Changed Its Nearly 100-Year-Old Tax Structure

    Mark Sommer

    Kentucky’s 2018 regular session of the General Assembly brought sweeping changes to an overall tax structure that had been largely untouched over the last century, Mark Sommer and Rowan Reid of Frost Brown Todd LLC discuss what changed and what stayed the same.

  • Digital Toy Data Breach Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns

    Erin Bosman

    In April, an Illinois federal judge powered down a proposed class action against VTech Electronics following a 2015 data breach of its internet-connected digital learning toys. But the breach also triggered a Federal Trade Commission enforcement action, resulting in a $650,000 settlement. Both developments illustrate the increasing exposure that the internet of things brings for consumer product manufacturers, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.