Media & Entertainment

  • December 12, 2017

    DC, DHS Police To Step Up Security For Net Neutrality Vote

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau and federal police officers have agreed to monitor the Federal Communications Commission building on Wednesday and Thursday in light of the agency’s upcoming vote on net neutrality, after receiving a request for increased security by the nonprofit organization Free Our Internet.

  • December 12, 2017

    Gawker, Deadspin Libel Suit Set For Feb. 14 Trial

    A sports gambling guru and a Deadspin.com writer accused of defaming him will go head to head in New York bankruptcy court after a judge set a Feb. 14 trial date to determine whether the journalist is protected by an injunction tied to the sale of the website’s bankrupt former parent Gawker Media.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2017

    From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.

  • December 12, 2017

    Disney Can’t Cut Claims From ‘Turner & Hooch’ Profit Suit

    A California judge on Tuesday shut down Disney’s attempt to trim a lawsuit accusing the studio of failing to pay the producer of “Turner & Hooch” a fair share of the film’s profits, finding that business violations and intentional interference claims aren’t moot despite a recently completed audit.

  • December 12, 2017

    Warburg Pincus Drops $350M For Indian Satellite Co. Stake

    An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus will take a partial stake in the satellite television arm of Indian telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel for $350 million, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Madden Games Maker Can't Toss Ex-NFLer's Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss Electronic Arts Inc. from a retired NFL player's putative class action alleging the game maker improperly used their likenesses in Madden video games, saying a recent Ninth Circuit decision EA based its motion on did not preempt the players’ right of publicity claims under the Copyright Act.

  • December 12, 2017

    Kramer Levin, Sidley Steer VICI Properties' $100M IPO Filing

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is representing Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s real estate investment trust VICI Properties Inc. in connection with its Tuesday filing for a $100 million initial public offering, a matter Sidley Austin LLP is working on for the underwriters.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2017

    The advent of the Trump administration had a ripple effect in the telecommunications industry, landing Ajit Pai at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission and teeing up high-profile policy debates. Here’s a recap of some of the year's biggest developments in the telecom industry, including big media mergers, media ownership deregulation and a revived debate over net neutrality principles.

  • December 11, 2017

    FIFA Judge Keeps Soccer Bosses' Disparate Fates From Jury

    The New York federal judge overseeing the ongoing FIFA corruption trial said Monday that it would needlessly confuse the jury to hear that one indicted Brazilian soccer official remains the president of the country's soccer federation, while the other — currently on trial in the case — had been banned from the sport.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    FCC, FTC Tout Enforcement Plan Before Net Neutrality Vote

    Days before the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to roll back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, it announced plans Monday to partner with the Federal Trade Commission to share information and enforcement duties for service providers that don't honestly disclose their open internet practices.

  • December 11, 2017

    Mexican Reporter Seeking Asylum Detained In Texas

    A Mexican journalist who sought refuge in the U.S. nearly a decade ago after reporting critically on the Mexican military and allegedly having his life threatened was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents late last week after an immigration judge denied his asylum request and his appeal failed.

  • December 11, 2017

    Boston City Officials Secure Delay Of Extortion Trial

    Two city of Boston officials will stand trial on extortion charges in the spring instead of directly after the holidays, because prosecutors altered their case and a recent appellate ruling raised additional discovery questions, a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Jury Sides With San Diego Comic-Con In Trademark Spat

    A California federal jury on Friday found in favor of San Diego Comic Convention when it ruled that a rival event in Utah infringed its valid trademarks related to “comic-con,” setting the stage for the long-running Southern California pop culture event to seek a permanent injunction to prevent future usage.

  • December 11, 2017

    House Dem Looks To Block Vote On Net Neutrality Rollback

    A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to block Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission vote to roll back net neutrality protections by invalidating what he calls flawed rulemaking efforts as the FCC presses forward with the controversial new rules.

  • December 11, 2017

    Facebook Seeks Quick Win, Users Seek Cert. In Privacy Row

    Facebook asked a California federal judge Friday to grant it a quick win on jurisdictional grounds in a suit brought by users accusing the social media giant of unlawfully storing their facial scans without permission.

  • December 11, 2017

    Fla. Justices To Hear Row Over Judge's Facebook Friends

    The Florida Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a judge should be disqualified from presiding over a case for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, setting the stage for the court to refine the Sunshine State’s laws on judges' social media use.

  • December 11, 2017

    Advisers Owe $7.2M For Faking Out Lender To Joplin Biopic

    An investment banking and advisory firm and its two managing members are on the hook for more than $7.2 million in damages after a Massachusetts federal judge found Friday that they had duped a lender into believing they could guarantee its loan to finance a now-abandoned Janis Joplin biopic and then lied about having themselves been tricked.

Expert Analysis

  • COPPA: The Latest Chapter In Consumer Class Actions

    Perrie Weiner

    Though the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does not provide a private right of action, a recent spate of consumer class actions have attempted to use the law as a predicate for asserting violations of common law privacy-related torts and various state consumer protection statutes, say attorneys at DLA Piper LLP.

  • How To Utilize Social Media In Proxy Contests

    Steve Wolosky

    As shareholder activists fine-tune their communications strategies for the upcoming proxy season, many will view social media as an increasingly important means of getting their message out. Attorneys with Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP lay out some important considerations for investors evaluating whether and how to use social media in their upcoming campaigns.

  • Idea Theft And Free Speech: A 9th Circ. Victory For Writers

    Glen Kulik

    The Ninth Circuit's recent anti-SLAPP ruling in Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios is the most significant decision of the past decade in the field of idea theft litigation in California, say Glen Kulik and Patricia Brum of Kulik Gottesman Siegel & Ware LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 5 MDL Lessons

    Alan Rothman

    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has assigned many MDL cases to judges who have not previously presided over MDL proceedings. The panel still assigns cases to experienced MDL judges as well, but prior experience is clearly not a prerequisite for being an MDL transferee judge, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Palin V. NY Times: The Case Of The 'Unusual' Iqbal Hearing

    David McTaggart

    Before dismissing the Palin v. New York Times defamation lawsuit, a New York federal judge sought context for the complaint by calling for an op-ed author’s testimony in what appears to be the first-ever Iqbal hearing. If upheld on appeal, this has the potential to transform Rule 12(b)(6) motion practice, in defamation pleadings and beyond, says David McTaggart of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Defining 'Sport' In The Age Of Competitive Video Gaming

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Olympic Committee's recent consideration of esports as a “sporting activity” with a potential path to inclusion in the Olympic Games raises the ire of many traditional athletes. But is physicality required to qualify as a sport? Historically, yes, though not with the consistency one might expect, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.