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Media & Entertainment

  • August 13, 2018

    NJ Dance Club Hit With Class Action Over Text Messages

    A Jersey Shore dance club was hit Monday with a class action alleging its unsolicited text messages about events and promotions invade customers’ privacy and hike up their cellphone bills, in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • August 13, 2018

    Attys Say More Fees Needed After 'We Shall Overcome' Win

    Two weeks after a federal judge ordered the former owner of “We Shall Overcome” to repay the attorneys who successfully freed the iconic song from copyright protection, those lawyers are arguing they should have been paid much more.

  • August 13, 2018

    T-Mobile, Tribes Weigh In On FCC Spectrum Rules

    T-Mobile and several Native American tribes urged the Federal Communications Commission to ease restrictions on how spectrum reserved for educational content can be used and licensed, saying the move would modernize broadband service.

  • August 13, 2018

    Warner Media Wants Out Of Benefits Suit Over HIV/AIDS Meds

    Warner Media LLC urged a California federal judge to toss a suit over a program that requires HIV/AIDS patients to get their specialty medication only at a CVS pharmacy or by mail order, arguing that the patients couldn’t sue for a benefit — the choice of pharmacy — that was not provided in the company's health plan.

  • August 13, 2018

    Rising Star: Davis Wright's Rachel Strom

    Rachel Strom of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has had a hand in high-profile media cases and successfully argued to keep a hearing on President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen’s documents open to the public, earning her a spot as an attorney under 40 named as one of Law360’s media and entertainment Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry. This is the first article in a special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    Business Groups Take Up Fight To Amend Calif. Privacy Law

    More than three dozen business groups from the tech, retail, health, banking and other sectors are pushing California lawmakers working on making "technical" changes to a hastily enacted landmark privacy law to address some of the more "unworkable" aspects of the statute and to extend the compliance deadline. 

  • August 10, 2018

    Investor Hits Tesla, Musk With Fraud Claims Over Tweet

    An investor hit Tesla Inc. and its founder Elon Musk with a proposed securities fraud class action Friday in California federal court, claiming they tried to pump up stock prices by proclaiming plans to take the company private — without having the more than $71 billion privatizing would require.

  • August 10, 2018

    Creditors Get Film Co. Owner's Bankruptcy Converted To Ch. 7

    The bankruptcy case of Calrissian LP was converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation Friday when a Delaware judge said the company’s estate needed to explore potential litigation over its failed acquisition of film distribution company Our Alchemy LLC, which led to its own insolvency proceedings.

  • August 10, 2018

    'Filmchella' Organizers Want TTAB Review Of TM Row

    Organizers behind an upstart movie festival called Filmchella have urged a California federal court to stay trademark litigation brought against them by popular music festival Coachella, saying a pause should be placed on proceedings pending review by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

  • August 10, 2018

    Sinclair Pumps Brakes On FCC Review After Merger Call-Off

    In the wake of its canceled merger with Tribune Media Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is gearing up for a fight before an administrative law judge even while urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop the proceeding that would probe whether it misled the agency during the merger review.

  • August 10, 2018

    Publisher's $2.1M Tax Refund Claim Tossed By 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit rejected a tax claim for an overpayment of $2.1 million by the publisher of Reader’s Digest Friday, saying the suit was time-barred because the deduction the publisher was trying to claim could not utilize a 10-year statute of limitation period.

  • August 10, 2018

    Hacker Stole FIFA Video Game Virtual Currency, Feds Say

    A 25-year-old Serbian man allegedly hacked into Electronic Arts Inc.'s computer network and stole the video game company’s licenses and in-game currency for its popular soccer game FIFA 2018, according to court documents filed in California federal court.

  • August 10, 2018

    5th Circ. Restores Producer, Atty Convictions In Tax Case

    The Fifth Circuit has said that a Louisiana federal judge went too easy on a movie producer and lawyer convicted of attempting to fraudulently obtain tax credits, reinstating convictions on counts the judge had set aside and ruling the judge veered too far off sentencing guidelines by only imposing probation.

  • August 10, 2018

    Rising Star: Cowan's Scott J. Sholder

    Scott J. Sholder of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP has racked up several important victories, including defending several key claims of copyright infringement, for media clients such as Jay-Z, earning him a spot as a media and entertainment law practitioner under age 40 honored as a Law360 Rising Star.

  • August 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms $4.2M Damages, $2M Fees In Game IP Row

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court decision ordering MGA Entertainment to pay $4.2 million in damages and $2 million in attorneys' fees for copying another company’s patented game, despite the toymaker’s argument the district court abused its discretion by awarding enhanced damages.

  • August 9, 2018

    Sinclair Investor Sues Over Withdrawn $3.9B Tribune Deal

    A Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. investor filed a putative securities fraud class action against the company Thursday in Maryland federal court, claiming it and its top brass mangled the review process of a planned $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. by knowingly misleading the public about its divestitures.

  • August 9, 2018

    Big3-Champions Feud Heats Up With Dueling Letters

    The legal feud between rival startup basketball leagues Big3 Basketball LLC and Champions League Inc. reached a fever pitch Wednesday, as Champions complained to the federal judge overseeing the case that Big3 has improperly threatened “criminal-regulatory sanctions” while Big3 reiterated accusations that Champions is nothing but a fraud.

  • August 9, 2018

    Studios' Snub Shows Conspiracy, VidAngel Tells 9th Circ.

    VidAngel Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit to revive the company's antitrust counterclaims in the copyright infringement suit brought by Disney, Lucasfilm and other movie studios, saying during oral arguments Thursday that the refusal of all the major studios to play ball with the family-friendly streaming service supports an inference of a conspiracy among them.

Expert Analysis

  • Hollywood Must Take The Initiative With Vendor Management

    Don Andrews

    Hollywood doesn't have regulators breathing down its neck the same way the financial services sector does, but that is why the film industry needs to initiate vendor and risk management processes and protocols on its own, even more than the banks do, say Don Andrews of Reed Smith LLP and Michael Gould of Gould & Gould LLP.

  • An Opportunity For High Court To Clarify Trademark Issue

    Mansi Parikh

    Trademark owners that have sued the creators of expressive works for infringement have had little success, as evidenced by the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Twentieth Century Fox Television v. Empire. If the U.S. Supreme Court grants review in this case, it would analyze the apparent conflicts between application of the Lanham Act and the First Amendment, says Mansi Parikh of Schumann Hanlon Margulies LLC.

  • Ensure All Relevant Parties Sign Arbitration Agreement

    Michael Cypers

    A California appellate court's decision in Benaroya v. Bruce Willis is one of several recent decisions teaching that if you want the ability to arbitrate against the key individuals in your counterparty, those individuals should be signatories to the arbitration clause in the underlying deal documents, say Michael Cypers and Michael Gerst of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

  • Biometrics And Geolocation Legislation: A Midyear Update

    Justin Kay

    In the first half of 2018, technology that determines where you are and who you are garnered significant attention. Less discussed are the legislative efforts underway in the federal government and in many states to regulate these emerging technologies, says Justin Kay of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.