Media & Entertainment

  • December 12, 2017

    The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2017

    The advent of the Trump administration had a ripple effect in the telecommunications industry, landing Ajit Pai at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission and teeing up high-profile policy debates. Here’s a recap of some of the year's biggest developments in the telecom industry, including big media mergers, media ownership deregulation and a revived debate over net neutrality principles.

  • December 11, 2017

    FIFA Judge Keeps Soccer Bosses' Disparate Fates From Jury

    The New York federal judge overseeing the ongoing FIFA corruption trial said Monday that it would needlessly confuse the jury to hear that one indicted Brazilian soccer official remains the president of the country's soccer federation, while the other — currently on trial in the case — had been banned from the sport.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    FCC, FTC Tout Enforcement Plan Before Net Neutrality Vote

    Days before the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to roll back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, it announced plans Monday to partner with the Federal Trade Commission to share information and enforcement duties for service providers that don't honestly disclose their open internet practices.

  • December 11, 2017

    Mexican Reporter Seeking Asylum Detained In Texas

    A Mexican journalist who sought refuge in the U.S. nearly a decade ago after reporting critically on the Mexican military and allegedly having his life threatened was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents late last week after an immigration judge denied his asylum request and his appeal failed.

  • December 11, 2017

    Boston City Officials Secure Delay Of Extortion Trial

    Two city of Boston officials will stand trial on extortion charges in the spring instead of directly after the holidays, because prosecutors altered their case and a recent appellate ruling raised additional discovery questions, a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Jury Sides With San Diego Comic-Con In Trademark Spat

    A California federal jury on Friday found in favor of San Diego Comic Convention when it ruled that a rival event in Utah infringed its valid trademarks related to “comic-con,” setting the stage for the long-running Southern California pop culture event to seek a permanent injunction to prevent future usage.

  • December 11, 2017

    House Dem Looks To Block Vote On Net Neutrality Rollback

    A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to block Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission vote to roll back net neutrality protections by invalidating what he calls flawed rulemaking efforts as the FCC presses forward with the controversial new rules.

  • December 11, 2017

    Facebook Seeks Quick Win, Users Seek Cert. In Privacy Row

    Facebook asked a California federal judge Friday to grant it a quick win on jurisdictional grounds in a suit brought by users accusing the social media giant of unlawfully storing their facial scans without permission.

  • December 11, 2017

    Fla. Justices To Hear Row Over Judge's Facebook Friends

    The Florida Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a judge should be disqualified from presiding over a case for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, setting the stage for the court to refine the Sunshine State’s laws on judges' social media use.

  • December 11, 2017

    Advisers Owe $7.2M For Faking Out Lender To Joplin Biopic

    An investment banking and advisory firm and its two managing members are on the hook for more than $7.2 million in damages after a Massachusetts federal judge found Friday that they had duped a lender into believing they could guarantee its loan to finance a now-abandoned Janis Joplin biopic and then lied about having themselves been tricked.

  • December 11, 2017

    Disney, Walmart Sued After Flying Fairy Doll Maims Man

    A man says he was blinded in one eye after part of a flying fairy doll disconnected and hit him, according to a suit filed Sunday in Pennsylvania federal court that accuses The Walt Disney Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and toymaker JAKKS Pacific Inc. of negligently marketing a toy similar to ones that have been recalled.

  • December 11, 2017

    Insurer Seeks Quick Win In Live Nation Concert Injuries Suit

    Secura Insurance on Friday told a Kentucky federal court it does not have to provide concert venue operator Live Nation coverage for injuries claimed at a concert, saying its policy only covers the company that provided security for the concert.

  • December 11, 2017

    Justices Won’t Review Kansas' Tribal Gaming Loss

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to tackle a Tenth Circuit decision rejecting the state of Kansas’ challenge to a National Indian Gaming Commission advisory opinion that purportedly paved the way for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma’s casino project.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ex-Gawker Workers Launch Crowdfunding Drive To Buy Site

    Gawker Media LLC might live to fight again after a group of the bankrupt publisher’s former employees on Monday unveiled a plan to crowdfund $500,000 to buy their old domain name at a scheduled auction in New York bankruptcy court.

  • December 11, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Disney, Ascension Health, GGP

    A deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox could come this week, Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks to merge, and GGP has declined Brookfield Property Partners LP’s $14.8 billion buyout bid.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ex-Norwegian Cruise CEO Loses His $95M Defamation Suit

    A former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO lost his $95 million defamation suit against his former employer and his successor when a Miami jury returned a verdict Monday rejecting his claims that the company and its CEO killed his chances in the industry with defamatory statements and cut him out of profit-sharing revenue.

  • December 11, 2017

    Kirkland Wins As Top Fees Earner In Caesars Ch. 11

    An Illinois bankruptcy court on Friday gave final approval to nearly $148 million in fees to various law firms and consultancies as part of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc.'s Chapter 11 process, awarding the largest amount — approximately $77 million — to Kirkland & Ellis LLP for guiding the casino giant through its reorganization.

Expert Analysis

  • Insights On Article III Standing Under Ill. Biometrics Law

    Molly DiRago

    Last week the Second Circuit, in Santana v. Take-Two Interactive Software, affirmed the lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to assert a claim under Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act, creating an apparent divide between plaintiffs who have voluntarily provided their biometric data and those who have not, say Molly DiRago and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • COPPA: The Latest Chapter In Consumer Class Actions

    Perrie Weiner

    Though the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does not provide a private right of action, a recent spate of consumer class actions have attempted to use the law as a predicate for asserting violations of common law privacy-related torts and various state consumer protection statutes, say attorneys at DLA Piper LLP.

  • How To Utilize Social Media In Proxy Contests

    Steve Wolosky

    As shareholder activists fine-tune their communications strategies for the upcoming proxy season, many will view social media as an increasingly important means of getting their message out. Attorneys with Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP lay out some important considerations for investors evaluating whether and how to use social media in their upcoming campaigns.

  • Idea Theft And Free Speech: A 9th Circ. Victory For Writers

    Glen Kulik

    The Ninth Circuit's recent anti-SLAPP ruling in Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios is the most significant decision of the past decade in the field of idea theft litigation in California, say Glen Kulik and Patricia Brum of Kulik Gottesman Siegel & Ware LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 5 MDL Lessons

    Alan Rothman

    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has assigned many MDL cases to judges who have not previously presided over MDL proceedings. The panel still assigns cases to experienced MDL judges as well, but prior experience is clearly not a prerequisite for being an MDL transferee judge, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Palin V. NY Times: The Case Of The 'Unusual' Iqbal Hearing

    David McTaggart

    Before dismissing the Palin v. New York Times defamation lawsuit, a New York federal judge sought context for the complaint by calling for an op-ed author’s testimony in what appears to be the first-ever Iqbal hearing. If upheld on appeal, this has the potential to transform Rule 12(b)(6) motion practice, in defamation pleadings and beyond, says David McTaggart of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.