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  • January 16, 2019

    North Dakota Bill Seeks Framework For Tribal Tax Agreements

    A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the North Dakota Legislature that would create a pathway for American Indian tribes in the state to introduce tobacco, alcohol and state gross receipts taxes for purchases made on reservations.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Conditions On Charter Merger Were Illegal, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission overstepped its bounds by placing conditions on Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks that were unrelated to the transaction, a libertarian think tank has told the D.C. Circuit.

  • January 16, 2019

    LBI Media’s Ch. 11 Disclosures Get Nod In Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave his nod to the Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement of bankrupt LBI Media Inc. after objections from junior noteholders pressing for further details were worked out prior to the hearing.

  • January 16, 2019

    Dispute Over Ticket Autopricing Tech Goes Before NYC Jury

    A Manhattan jury mulled Wednesday whether to award entrepreneur Shmuel "Sam" Sherman damages after his company accused a rival of poaching what Sherman calls revolutionary software that allows resale brokers to easily reprice inventory in the multibillion-dollar market for sports and entertainment tickets.

  • January 16, 2019

    Beyoncé Drops TM Lawsuit Over 'Feyoncé' Merchandise

    A New York federal court on Wednesday tossed, at Beyoncé’s request, a case in which the singer sought to shut down a line of “Feyoncé” merchandise aimed at newly engaged women, more than three months after she failed to secure a quick win.

  • January 16, 2019

    High Court Urged To End Appeals Of AIA Time-Bar Rulings

    The parent company of Yellowpages.com has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two en banc Federal Circuit decisions allowing appeals of rulings that inter partes review petitions were filed on time, saying the appeals court is “running roughshod” over the America Invents Act.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pamunkey Tribe Eyes Commercial Casinos Via Va. Bills

    The chief of the Pamunkey Indian tribe of Virginia has said new bills in the state Legislature would allow the tribe to take part in the race to build commercial casinos in the state, in a bid to keep the tribe from losing ground while it pursues the traditional tribal gambling track.

  • January 16, 2019

    Napster Settles Songwriter Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    The company that currently operates Napster reached a settlement Tuesday in California federal court to end one of several class actions that claimed streaming music services had failed to pay millions in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters.

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Sends Yahoo TCPA Coverage Row To Calif. Justices

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked California’s high court to weigh Yahoo’s bid to force an AIG insurer to fund its defense of several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits accusing the web services provider of sending unsolicited text messages, saying Golden State law is unsettled on whether liability insurance covers TCPA claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Snags $245M Funding Round

    Niantic Inc., the company behind mobile augmented reality game Pokemon Go, on Wednesday said investors contributed $245 million to its latest funding round as it looks to improve the engine used for its various game platforms and other AR capabilities.

  • January 16, 2019

    DC Circ. Urged Not To Halt Net Neutrality Args Over Shutdown

    The Federal Communications Commission should not win a pause in the upcoming net neutrality oral arguments, trade group Incompas told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday, saying the court allowed oral arguments to proceed during the last funding lapse and that the issue of proper web regulation must be resolved speedily.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. Dem To Head Key House Communications Subcommittee

    Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., has been elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and policy matters relating to spectrum use, Democrats announced Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    1st Amendment Protects NY Public Access TV, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should stand behind a Second Circuit ruling classifying public access television networks as state actors who should be held accountable for upholding First Amendment rights, the documentarian whose firing prompted the litigation that resulted in the ruling said.

  • January 15, 2019

    Rihanna Says Father Can't Stand Under Her Name's Umbrella

    Music icon Rihanna demanded on Tuesday that her father stop exploiting her name and brand to fraudulently make "millions of dollars" through his company Fenty Entertainment LLC, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court.

  • January 15, 2019

    ‘Jersey Shore’ Star’s Brother On Hook For $337K To IRS

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday ordered Marc Sorrentino, the brother of television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, to pay over $337,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service following Marc’s conviction for tax evasion.

  • January 15, 2019

    NJ Sees $1.25B Wagered In Legal Sports Betting In 2018

    Sports betting in New Jersey totaled $1.25 billion in wagers in 2018, a year that saw it become legal in the Garden State, with tax revenues totaling just over $10 million and revenues for operators coming in at $94 million since June, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced.

  • January 15, 2019

    2 Companies Join IPO Pipeline With Filings Totaling $47M

    An Israeli medical device company and a California-based maker of animated television commercials joined the pipeline for initial public offerings Monday with filings totaling $47 million, despite a lengthening government shutdown that makes it uncertain when the deals will price.

  • January 15, 2019

    LBI Noteholders Say Co. Cheated Them Out Of $129M

    A group of second-lien noteholders of Spanish language broadcaster LBI Media Inc. accused the company in Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday of costing them $129.5 million by cutting a bad restructuring deal with a first-lien noteholder.

  • January 15, 2019

    Celebrity News Blog Sued Over Photo Of Hernandez's Fiancee

    Gossip website Hollywoodlife.com has become the latest media outlet sued by photography agency Polaris Images Corp. for allegedly publishing a photograph of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's pregnant former fiancée without permission.

  • January 15, 2019

    In Reversal, DOJ Says Wire Act Applies To All Online Gaming

    The Department of Justice has broadened restrictions on online gaming, saying the Wire Act's prohibitions against interstate gambling apply to non-sports betting, in a decision that is likely to see pushback from states and online gambling companies, according to legal experts.

Expert Analysis

  • Defamation Lessons From 4th Circ. Documentary Ruling

    Nick Ellis

    Last month, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a defamation claim against the creators of a gun violence documentary in Virginia Citizens Defense League v. Couric, shedding light on the three points that a plaintiff must prove when suing for defamation under Virginia law, says Nicholas Ellis of Poyner Spruill LLP.

  • Will New Congress Pass A National Data Protection Law?

    Joseph Facciponti

    The 116th Congress has an ideal opportunity to pass bipartisan privacy legislation that could safeguard consumer data, provide clear and uniform rules for businesses, and preserve innovation. Yet any new legislation faces significant hurdles, say Joseph Facciponti and Maxwell Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • 3 Steps To Closing The Gender Gap In Esports

    Aaron Swerdlow

    With global esports revenue expected to exceed $1 billion in 2019 and the recent launch of two high-profile professional leagues, the male-dominated industry must work to create an environment where women are equally empowered to succeed, says Aaron Swerdlow of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 5 Hidden Lessons In Mayweather, Khaled ICO Actions: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    If you're looking for new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on crypto-financing and initial coin offerings, look no further than the recently settled DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather administrative enforcement actions. But you may need to read between the lines, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • A Look At The Senate's Bipartisan Sports Betting Bill

    Reid Schar

    Last month, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act, which would create uniform federal standards for the legalized sports betting market. Expect it to be reintroduced in the 116th Congress, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • 5 Hidden Lessons In Mayweather, Khaled ICO Actions: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlements with professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled provide indispensable insight into the views of the SEC enforcement staff and commissioners regarding initial coin offerings, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.