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Media & Entertainment

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

  • December 12, 2018

    'Blurred Lines' Copyright Suit Ends In $5M Judgment

    The “Blurred Lines” copycatting saga met its final resting place Monday when a California federal judge entered a $4.9-million-plus judgment against the song’s famous creators after they opted not to to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of their copyright loss against Marvin Gaye’s heirs.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Warburg Pincus, Luckin Coffee

    Morgan Stanley will lead the IPO of Uber, which could value the ride-hailing giant at up to $120 billion, Warburg Pincus is launching a $1 billion joint venture that will invest in Chinese real estate, and China's Luckin Coffee has received a $200 million capital injection from private investors.

  • December 12, 2018

    2nd Circ. Rules Digital Music Resales Are Illegal

    Online services can’t resell digital music the same way used record stores resell albums, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday, saying such resales involve illegally reproducing copyrighted works.

  • December 12, 2018

    National Enquirer Co. Admits Covering Up Trump Affair Story

    American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, has admitted to paying a woman $150,000 in order to help President Donald Trump hide his alleged affairs and bolster his chances of being elected president, federal prosecutors revealed on Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Frankfurt Kurnit's Jeffrey Greenbaum

    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC managing partner Jeffrey Greenbaum spoke to Law360 about the challenges and advantages of operating as a midsize firm, why firm culture is paramount to success and why the firm takes a contrarian view when it comes to law firm growth.

  • December 12, 2018

    Fla. Justices Won't Rehear Judge's Facebook Friend Recusal

    The Florida Supreme Court said Wednesday it would not reconsider its ruling that a Facebook friendship between a judge and an attorney appearing in the judge’s court does not by itself demand the judge’s recusal.

  • December 11, 2018

    How Int'l Arbitration Attys Deal With The Media

    International arbitration experts at a recent gathering of professionals offered a range of strategies for dealing with the media, from no engagement to proactively reaching out to the press.

  • December 11, 2018

    ZeniMax, Oculus End Appeals Of $304M IP Judgment

    ZeniMax Media Inc. and Oculus VR LLC announced Monday they settled their cross-appeals in the Fifth Circuit stemming from disputes that led to a final judgment of $304 million in favor of ZeniMax after a jury found that Facebook-owned Oculus infringed its virtual reality intellectual property.

  • December 11, 2018

    Tencent Music's IPO Raises Nearly $1.1B Led By Davis Polk

    Chinese streaming streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group on Tuesday priced an initial public offering that raised nearly $1.1 billion, completing one of the year’s largest IPOs with the guidance of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • December 11, 2018

    High Court Pushed To Block Calif. Tribal Casino

    A watchdog group has continued to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to grant its petition and revive its challenge to a California tribe’s proposed casino, claiming that the project would not have a minimal impact on the local area, as required under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • December 11, 2018

    Stormy Daniels Owes Trump Attys $300K In Fees, Sanctions

    Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump's attorneys approximately $300,000 in fees, costs and sanctions, which was less than half of what they originally sought, a California federal judge ordered Tuesday following the dismissal of the adult film star's defamation suit against the president.

  • December 11, 2018

    FanDuel, DraftKings Get Gaming Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    Daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. scored a win with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board after a panel ruled Monday that all of the challenged claims of an Interactive Games LLC patent for a gaming system were invalid as obvious.

  • December 11, 2018

    Ex-Bloomberg, Turner Execs Charged In $15M Bribery Case

    Former Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction executives helped steal $15 million from the media giant by rigging bids and handling bribes — sometimes code-named “sandwiches” — linked to interior construction work at two Bloomberg offices, Manhattan’s district attorney alleged Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Judge Knocks Cambridge Analytica Exec's Ch. 7 Escape Bid

    The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing Cambridge Analytica LLC's Chapter 7 case Tuesday said he will likely continue to hold the company director who signed the bankruptcy papers responsible for Cambridge’s part in the case.

  • December 11, 2018

    Club Owner Asks 11th Circ. To Reverse Strippers' FLSA Win

    A Miami strip club owner has urged the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a lower court decision awarding eight exotic dancers nearly $1.8 million after a federal jury found the club's policy of classifying them as independent contractors violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and denied them overtime wages.

  • December 11, 2018

    'Guy With IPhone' Beats Hearst In Trump Pic Copyright Suit

    A New York federal judge Monday found Hearst Communications Inc. liable for stealing a photo of President Donald Trump crashing a wedding that Esquire magazine pulled from Instagram, rejecting the company's fair-use defense and leaving a jury to find whether the infringement was willful.

  • December 11, 2018

    EU Probing Vodafone's €18B Deal For Liberty Global Units

    Europe’s competition enforcer said Tuesday that it has opened an in-depth investigation into Vodafone’s planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) purchase of several European businesses from Liberty Global over concerns about the deal’s impact in Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • December 11, 2018

    Media Errors Hurt Political Chances, Ex-Sheriff Arpaio Says

    Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio hit CNN, HuffPost, Rolling Stone and several reporters with a $300.5 million defamation lawsuit in D.C. federal court Monday, claiming that misreporting related to his since-pardoned misdemeanor conviction for criminal contempt has hurt his reputation and political chances.

Expert Analysis

  • Patent And Copyright Changes In The New NAFTA

    Michele Washington

    The modernized trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada includes provisions that should improve intellectual property transparency between the member countries and bring a certain degree of procedural uniformity, say attorneys with Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • World Wide Weed: Best Practices For Internet Cannabis Ads

    John McKay

    For internet publishers that have decided the risks of doing business with cannabis-related companies do not outweigh the value, the most sensible question is not whether there is some risk but how they can minimize it, say John McKay and Chris Morley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Surveying The State Of Workplace Harassment Investigations

    Jason Schwartz

    We recently reviewed for-profit companies that investigated workplace harassment allegations over the past six years and examined how they handled the release of information. Our findings reveal emerging trends and considerations for companies deciding whether to release post-investigation reports, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Watch For Antitrust Developments North Of The Border

    Mohsen Seddigh

    Next month, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Godfrey v. Sony Corporation, which could be one of the most important antitrust cases to ever come before the court. The decision on "umbrella purchasers" will determine the viability of some future Canadian antitrust class actions, says Mohsen Seddigh of Sotos LLP.

  • State Anti-SLAPP In Federal Court: An Update From Texas

    April Farris

    Can litigants use the powerful Texas Citizens Participation Act in the Fifth Circuit? The upcoming decision in Klocke v. Watson is likely to resolve this question, but that answer could be short-lived if the U.S. Supreme Court resolves the circuit split over state anti-SLAPP applicability, say April Farris and Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Copyright Of 'Frankenstein': 5 Things To Know

    David Kluft

    ​This year marks the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein," and Halloween is ​the perfect time to ​explore the horror novel's relationship to copyright law, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Learning From A Failed Merger: The Sinclair-Tribune Pitfalls

    Richie Falek

    ​In light of ​r​​egulatory success in recent major media mergers, the termination of Sinclair​ Broadcast​’s attempted acquisition of Tribune Media came as a shock to many.​ Attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP explain what went wrong and discuss how to avoid having a deal suffer a similar fate.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.