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Media & Entertainment

  • October 16, 2018

    Winning 5G Race Is 'Worthless Exercise,' Clyburn Says

    Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn called winning the proverbial race to 5G a “worthless exercise” at an American University event Tuesday, saying that whether the nation is first to roll out next-generation mobile services doesn’t matter as much as implementing the services wisely.

  • October 16, 2018

    99% Of Net Neutrality Comments Opposed Repeal

    Nearly all of the unique comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 2017 regarding its repeal of net neutrality were opposed to the move, according to a new study by Stanford University researcher Ryan Singel.

  • October 16, 2018

    Trump Accused By Writers' Group Of Free Speech Violations

    A literary organization filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday accusing President Donald Trump of violating the First Amendment by using the regulatory and enforcement powers of the federal government to punish journalists and media outlets.

  • October 16, 2018

    BuzzFeed Sues For Info On Kushner, 'Liberty' Task Force

    BuzzFeed lodged a pair of Freedom of Information Act suits in D.C. federal court Monday alleging the State Department won't turn over U.S. Embassy records relating to Jared Kushner and the Justice Department is withholding information about a task force created to enforce the Trump administration's controversial religious liberty guidance.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 16, 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Adds Ex-Kirkland M&A Pro To New York Office

    A former partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP with experience representing Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. and print and online media company Tronc Inc. in transactional matters has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP's mergers and acquisitions practice as a partner in its New York office, the firm said on Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Ex-Trump Aide Says Gizmodo 'Ruined His Life' In $100M Suit

    Jason Miller, a former aide to President Donald Trump, filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group in Florida federal court Monday, claiming that the website Splinter “ruined his life” by running a story that he tried to slip a woman he’d impregnated an abortion pill.

  • October 15, 2018

    NJ Judge Tosses Suit Over 'Back To The Future' Car Royalties

    A New Jersey federal judge has scrapped a lawsuit over royalties a DeLorean automobile dealer received from the car logo’s use in merchandising materials for the “Back to the Future” film franchise, ruling Friday that the suit was barred by a settlement resolving related litigation launched by the widow of the car’s visionary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Miami Dolphins Sued Over Stadium Injury

    A man who was injured at a bar in the Miami Dolphins' stadium has sued the team and the venue, saying both were negligent.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    Google Sued For Not Telling Investors About March Data Leak

    Google's failure to disclose in at least two federal securities filings a March data leak that came to light last week deceived the investing public and caused the tech giant's shares to be traded at artificially inflated prices for months, according to a proposed shareholder class action filed in California federal court. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Scott & Scott Loses Bid To Be Lead In Funko Investor Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Monday denied an investor’s lead plaintiff motion asking for Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP to be appointed lead counsel in a proposed class action against toymaker Funko, saying the current plaintiff did not publish proper notice of the suit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Trump Escapes Stormy Daniels' Defamation Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' suit alleging President Donald Trump defamed her by tweeting that her claims about their alleged affair included a story about a "nonexistent man," ruling the tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole” protected by the First Amendment.

  • October 15, 2018

    Veterans’ Broadband Access Needs Gov’t Boost, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission should explore policy changes to expand broadband access for veterans, especially in rural areas, under a congressional mandate passed earlier this year, telecoms including Verizon Inc. have told the FCC.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fox Sports Networks Can't Go To Big-4 Affiliates, DOJ Hears

    The American Cable Association urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to impose limits on the sale of Twenty-First Century Fox’s regional sports networks, required for its planned $71.3 billion merger with Disney, arguing the networks cannot go to a big-four affiliate or a pay-TV provider.

  • October 15, 2018

    Top Senate Aide Pleads Guilty To Lying About Press Contacts

    James Wolfe, who worked as the director of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for three decades, pled guilty in D.C. federal court Monday to lying about his contacts with reporters who published a story about the FBI's execution of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

  • October 15, 2018

    Sheeran, Accusers Spar Over Meaning Of 'Stairway' Ruling

    Weeks after the Ninth Circuit revived a copyright lawsuit over Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven," Ed Sheeran is battling with the heirs of a late songwriter over what the ruling means for their separate case over Marvin Gaye’s iconic "Let's Get It On."

  • October 15, 2018

    PTAB Axes TiVo Program-Guide Patent In Win For Comcast

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found a patent covering a TV programming guide to be invalid, delivering a win to Comcast Cable Communications LLC in its wide-ranging intellectual property dispute with a TiVo Corp. subsidiary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Defense Bar Group Blasts Class Cert. In $61M Dish Judgment

    Dish Network should escape a $61 million judgment over unwanted phone calls because some people represented in the suit have not proven injury and courts are split on whether they can qualify as class members, a lawyers’ group has told the Fourth Circuit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Coachella Won't Face The Music Of Rival’s Antitrust Suit

    The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is off the hook for a rival’s claims it is unfairly preventing performers from accepting gigs at other events after an Oregon federal judge found that Soul’d Out Music can’t sue over contracts it’s not involved in, according to an order Friday. 

Expert Analysis

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Opinion

    Video Games Are Cheated Out Of 1st Amendment Rights

    Michael Garfinkel

    ​As the recent Olivia de Havilland v. FX decision confirmed, expressive artistic works like the "Feud" miniseries are entitled to broad First Amendment protection. But what if "Feud" were a video game in which players controlled the battles between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford?​ In right of publicity case law, video games are treated as second-class citizens, says Michael Garfinkel of DLA Piper.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.