Media & Entertainment

  • February 21, 2018

    Publisher's $2M Refund Claim Came Too Late, 2nd Circ. Told

    The government asked the Second Circuit on Tuesday to affirm a New York federal court's dismissal of a $2.1 million tax refund suit by the publisher of Reader's Digest, saying the company’s request for a refund came too late.

  • February 21, 2018

    Disney Suit Against Redbox Is Copyright Misuse, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to give Walt Disney Co. a court order that would have barred Redbox from renting digital movies at its kiosks, calling the studio’s case a misuse of copyright law.

  • February 20, 2018

    Swarmify Can’t Point To Trade Secret, CloudFlare GC Says

    During the sealed portion of a hearing last week, the video streaming startup Swarmify “was unable to articulate a protectable trade secret” stolen by CloudFlare, the company’s general counsel told Law360 Tuesday, after a California federal judge said he could respond to Swarmify's public statements about the closed session.

  • February 20, 2018

    Actresses' Row Is With Weinstein, Not Co., Judge Told

    The Weinstein Co. asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to nix a federal racketeering class action over Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual assault, arguing the actresses who filed the suit seek to “hook” the entire company for one individual’s misconduct, and that the decade-old misconduct is time-barred.

  • February 20, 2018

    Comcast Seeks Speedy Review Of TiVo Patent Case

    Comcast Inc. has asked the Federal Circuit to follow an expedited schedule in its review of an International Trade Commission decision prohibiting the cable and broadband company from importing set-top cable boxes found to infringe a patent held by TiVo Corp.

  • February 20, 2018

    Frank Ocean Sues Producer Over 'Blonde' Tracks Authorship

    Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean is accusing a music producer of falsely attempting to claim authorship of songs on his 2016 hit album “Blonde,” alleging “a serious and substantial violation” of his rights under the Copyright Act in a complaint filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    UFC Fighters Aim For Class Cert. In Antitrust Battle

    Mixed martial arts fighters urged a Nevada federal judge Friday to grant class certification in a lawsuit claiming UFC’s parent company stifled wages and blocked rivals in the market using an anti-competitive scheme, saying they can prove that the impact of the organization’s actions was widespread and damaging.

  • February 20, 2018

    AT&T Hasn't Proved Merger Row Was Selective, Judge Rules

    AT&T and Time Warner lost in their attempt to use President Donald Trump’s anti-CNN tirades as a defense in the Justice Department's antitrust case over AT&T’s proposed $85 billion purchase of CNN parent Time Warner, after a D.C. federal judge Tuesday said the companies had “fallen short” of showing they had been singled out.

  • February 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rethink FCC Win In Emergency Alerts Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit has shot down a request to review an October panel decision to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s refusal to require the transmission of emergency alerts in languages other than English.

  • February 20, 2018

    Unions Say Disney World Withheld $1K Tax Cut Bonuses

    Unions representing Disney World workers filed a federal labor complaint on Monday claiming Disney has improperly withheld $1,000 bonuses announced by the company after Congress passed the GOP tax cut bill.

  • February 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Upholds Entercom's Station Buy Amid Owner Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the 1996 sale of a Sacramento radio station to Entercom, rejecting the original owner’s latest effort to block the license transfer and finding that Entercom’s surrender of a different station last year left it eligible to acquire another without exceeding Federal Communications Commission limits.

  • February 20, 2018

    William Hill Fined £6.2M For Weak Money-Laundering Policies

    U.K. betting company William Hill PLC’s online business got hit with a penalty package of at least £6.2 million ($8.7 million) by the British Gambling Commission on Tuesday due to senior management’s failure to protect consumers and prevent money laundering, the regulator said.

  • February 20, 2018

    Yiannopoulos Ends $10M Suit Over Canceled Book Deal

    Milo Yiannopoulos has dropped his $10 million lawsuit accusing Simon & Schuster of breaching its contract obligations when it terminated the controversial conservative commentator’s book deal, according to a stipulation filed Tuesday in the New York State Supreme Court, with Yiannopoulos saying the suit wasn’t worth the time and expense.

  • February 20, 2018

    Philly Radio Host Accused Of Sexually Harassing 'Sidekick'

    A former on-air “sidekick” for radio host John DeBella has accused the longtime Philadelphia host of sexual harassment, including unwanted groping, posting sexually explicit photos in his office, making derogatory comments about women and repeated requests for sex.

  • February 20, 2018

    EA Says Ex-NFLers Aren't Identifiable In Madden Games

    Electronic Arts Inc. has urged a California federal judge to grant it a win in a putative class action brought by retired NFL players who claim EA improperly used their likenesses to make Madden video games, arguing that the athletes can’t prove they’re readily identifiable in the games.

  • February 20, 2018

    MGM Backs DOI's Bid To Nix Tribe's Gambling Claims

    MGM Resorts International told a D.C. district court Monday that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe — a rival for a potential casino development in Connecticut — faced an administrative wall and should be dismissed from a suit alleging the government failed to act in time on proposed changes to its gambling deal.

  • February 20, 2018

    Calif. Actor-Age Law Is Unconstitutional, Judge Says

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a California law requiring IMDb to remove an actor’s age information upon request, an effort to fight age discrimination, was “clearly unconstitutional.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Group Holds Off On FCC Net Neutrality Rollback Challenge

    A public interest group on Friday withdrew its petition filed in the D.C. Circuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations, acknowledging that challenges should be filed after the order’s publication in the Federal Register as a lottery to determine jurisdiction for challenges looms.

  • February 16, 2018

    MGM's $675M Pitch Puts Conn. Tribes' Casino Plan At Risk

    The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ joint bid to build a $300 million casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, seemed to be nearing fruition last year, but problems securing federal approvals and a recent bill backing a competing $675 million proposal from MGM Resorts International are threatening to capsize the tribes' deal. Here, Law360 looks at the latest developments in the saga.

  • February 16, 2018

    DOJ Resists AT&T Request For Evidence Of Trump’s CNN Ire

    President Donald Trump’s tirades against CNN on and off the campaign trail have nothing to do with the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit opposing AT&T’s proposed $85 billion purchase of CNN parent Time Warner, a DOJ attorney said Friday in fighting the distracting “sideshow” of discovery into the matter.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 10 Antitrust Developments And Trends To Watch In 2018

    Dee Bansal

    Expect to see antitrust developments in 10 areas this year, including continuing scrutiny of vertical mergers, no-poach agreements and conduct by pharmaceutical companies, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • Breaking The Workplace Silence Safely

    Jack Schaedel

    If companies are not careful about how messages regarding workplace harassment are communicated, and don’t first take the time to think about how some workers will perceive them, it can actually create the very problem they're trying to avoid, says Jack Schaedel of Scali Rasmussen.

  • 3rd Circ. Confirms Limits Of The Rooker-Feldman Doctrine

    Steven Wilamowsky

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners limited the reach of the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as a defense to bankruptcy avoidance actions. The court’s reasoning, however, has implications that go beyond bankruptcy, say Steven Wilamowsky and Sara Ghadiri of Chapman and Cutler LLP.