Media & Entertainment

  • May 16, 2018

    NJ Internet Defamation Ruling Leaves Tough Calls For Judges

    The New Jersey Supreme Court's recent dismissal of a defamation claim over a workplace bias story clarified the standard for determining when an article update could extend the time limits to sue, but a sharp division among the justices over whether the change at issue actually restarted the clock indicates that courts below trying to apply it will have their work cut out for them.

  • May 16, 2018

    Shari Redstone Blocked From Further CBS Actions For Now

    Shari Redstone and National Amusements Inc. will be barred from taking any action as the controlling shareholder of CBS Corp. to further alter its by-laws or to remove members of its board after a Delaware state court judge said Wednesday he would enact a temporary restraining order sought by the mass media company and its independent directors to allow them to go forward with an attempt to dilute her voting power.

  • May 16, 2018

    Senate Passes Measure To Keep Net Neutrality

    Senate Democrats narrowly succeeded Wednesday in passing a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rule, setting the stage for a tougher showdown in the House.

  • May 16, 2018

    Police Didn't Use Excessive Force In Casino Arrest, Court Told

    Officers of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department urged a New York federal court on Tuesday to grant them a quick win on a claim that they used excessive force during an arrest at the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino, arguing filmed evidence showed the claim was groundless.

  • May 16, 2018

    Churchill Downs To Enter Sports Betting, Online Gambling

    Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal restrictions on sports betting, Kentucky Derby operator Churchill Downs Inc. said it will work with the Golden Nugget Atlantic City hotel to enter sports betting and online gambling markets in New Jersey.

  • May 16, 2018

    Republican Sens. Propose FCC Merger Review 'Shot Clock'

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee and two other Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would institute a 180-day "shot clock" on merger reviews by the Federal Communications Commission and require the Federal Trade Commission to litigate merger challenges in federal court.

  • May 15, 2018

    Sports Betting In NJ Months Away After High Court Win

    With state lawmakers moving quickly to pass legislation, regulated sports betting in New Jersey could be up and running in a matter of months based on the state’s preparations in anticipation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting such gambling in the Garden State, attorneys say.

  • May 15, 2018

    Fox News Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuits

    More than a dozen former Fox News employees have settled a putative class action in New York state court alleging systematic racial discrimination by the network news giant, according to the employees' attorneys.

  • May 15, 2018

    Here's What The Music Modernization Act Would Do

    The Music Modernization Act, a major copyright bill that’s looking more and more likely to become law, is really a package of small tweaks and amendments. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what’s in the latest version.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif. Lawmaker Hustles To Legalize Sports Betting

    A California State Assembly member moved quickly Monday to propose a constitutional amendment making sports betting legal in the Golden State, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting.

  • May 15, 2018

    Google, YouTube Prevail In Video Takedown Libel Suit

    A California federal judge Tuesday handed a win to YouTube and its parent Google in a suit that alleges the company libels video makers when it tells viewers a video has been removed for violating its terms, saying it is "unlikely" for a reasonable reader to interpret the site's rules in a way that exposes the creators to ridicule.

  • May 15, 2018

    Work-Hungry Firms Cede Ground On Security Retainer Fees

    The retainer fee has largely survived the financial push-and-pull between firms and corporate clients over the last decade, experts said, but some evidence is emerging that even companies with cash-flow problems have leverage to negotiate smaller upfront payments with their counsel.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif. Tribe Asks Justices To Spurn County's Casino Land Suit

    The Ione Band of Miwok Indians urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reject a California county’s challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior land-into-trust acquisition for a proposed tribal casino, saying the Ninth Circuit correctly interpreted federal law in backing the department’s decision.

  • May 15, 2018

    Net Neutrality Bill Could Hasten Other Reforms, Orgs Say

    Congress must pass net neutrality “compromise” legislation so lawmakers and regulators can move on to more pressing issues of online privacy and misinformation, said advocates of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Literary Agency Bookkeeper Accused Of Embezzling $3.4M

    A longtime Donadio & Olson Inc. bookkeeper was charged with wire fraud in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, accused of stealing about $3.4 million from the agency known for representing “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk and others.

  • May 15, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Fight Alternative Merger Fix

    AT&T and Time Warner asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to reject a cable company and trade group’s call for a stricter arbitration process than the companies have committed to, saying it’s not their place to fill gaps left in the government’s challenge to their proposed $85 billion merger.

  • May 15, 2018

    Nobody Will Confuse 'MoMaCha' With MoMA, Cafe Says

    A Manhattan cafe is fighting a trademark lawsuit brought against it by the Museum of Modern Art in New York federal court, arguing that MoMA’s bid to stop the cafe from using similar marks fails to show the museum will be irreparably injured or consumers will be confused by their use.

  • May 15, 2018

    Man Avoids Jail In Scam To Sell Stolen Gardner Artwork

    A West Virginia man was sentenced to time served and home confinement in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, after he copped to a scheme to sell valuable stolen art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that he did not actually possess.

  • May 15, 2018

    Streaming Music Bill Hits The Right Notes On Capitol Hill

    Famous musicians, bipartisan lawmakers and rival industry groups all voiced support at a Senate hearing Tuesday for a package of copyright amendments that would make major changes to how streaming music services such as Spotify pay royalties.

  • May 15, 2018

    FCC Rethinking Autodialer Definition After Court Loss

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for suggestions as it comes up with a new definition for autodialers that will be banned from making robocalls, after the agency’s previous definition was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit as being too broad.

Expert Analysis

  • Cosby’s Conviction And How #MeToo Is Affecting Legal Cases

    Ross Kramer

    Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Thursday demonstrates how the #MeToo movement is having a profound impact on the legal landscape. The stark contrast between Cosby's first trial in June 2017 and his retrial in April 2018 is a perfect case in point, say Ross Kramer and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Companies Can’t Afford To Ignore Accessibility

    John Capobianco

    Last year saw the fifth consecutive year of growth in the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Given the financial and reputational costs of such litigation, business owners and operators would be wise to evaluate current practices regarding accessibility and accessible services for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, says John Capobianco of VITAC Corporation.

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • A Closer Look At NCAA's 'Dancing With The Stars' Decision

    Ronald Katz

    Although many people may disagree with the NCAA's decision to permit college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale to participate in the popular television program "Dancing With the Stars," it is consistent with NCAA bylaws — for four reasons, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.