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Media & Entertainment

  • September 17, 2018

    CIA Can't Shake Suit Seeking Twitter Usage Docs

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday shot down the Central Intelligence Agency's bid to ax a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking documents about the agency's Twitter usage, finding that the limited scope of portions of the CIA's search and its decision to withhold information about certain individuals' identities were improper.

  • September 17, 2018

    Elon Musk Is Target Of Defamation Suit By Thai Cave Rescuer

    A man who aided in the rescue of a dozen young soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand accused Tesla CEO Elon Musk of defamation in California federal court Monday, saying tweets and emails in which Musk accused him of pedophilia were part of a “campaign to impugn.”

  • September 17, 2018

    Claim Juror Fears Led To Bias Can't Undo Playboy TM Win

    An Illinois appellate court on Friday upheld a $6.6 million verdict that saw trebled damages for Playboy Enterprises International Inc. after a trial over a licensing dispute between the brand and an energy drink maker, saying the lower court didn’t need to flesh out jurors’ fear of certain men in the courtroom to ensure an untainted decision would be reached.

  • September 17, 2018

    NLRB's Purple Standard Should Be Ditched, Board GC Says

    The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel on Friday called on the board to upend its landmark and controversial 2014 Purple Communications Inc. decision, which gave workers the go-ahead to use their employers’ email systems for union business.

  • September 17, 2018

    Film Crew For Indie Mob Comedy Files Wage Suit In Pa.

    Members of a film crew working on an independent comedy about the mob featuring actors from HBO's "The Sopranos" filed a wage and hour class action in Pennsylvania state court Monday alleging they weren't paid for the last two weeks of their work on the movie's Philadelphia set.

  • September 17, 2018

    Cities' Input Shut Out Of Infrastructure Order, FCC Told

    Local government stakeholders were silenced during the process of drafting the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming order that sets timelines and fee schedules for new small cells, and localities' views have been consistently misrepresented to the commission, according to a member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

  • September 17, 2018

    Charter Pushes For Cable Rate-Control Relief In Mass., Hawaii

    An emerging threat from new online TV streaming competitors calls for freeing the cable business from rate caps in dozens of Massachusetts markets and a Hawaiian island, telecom giant Charter has argued in a new request to the Federal Communications Commission.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ex-UMass Student News Editor Must Face Defamation Suit

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Monday that a former employee at University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus can sue a onetime student news editor for defamation, saying that publishing police blotter activity does not enjoy press protections.

  • September 17, 2018

    Twitter Gender Bias Suit Delayed During Class Cert. Appeal

    A Twitter employee’s allegations that she was fired unjustly will be paused while an appellate court reconsiders class certification for her gender discrimination claim, a San Francisco judge said Monday, since her accusations of sexism and retaliation “are so intertwined.”

  • September 17, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Talks Spectrum Auctions And Innovation

    For FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, speeding spectrum auctions and coordinating international policy goals are some of the keys to rolling out 5G networks and unlocking future telecom innovations.

  • September 17, 2018

    Perkins Coie Adds Veteran Telecom, Media Partner In D.C.

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Friday that it has hired a former partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP with experience advising satellite, telecommunications and new media companies on regulatory issues, and expertise in net neutrality.

  • September 17, 2018

    North Korea Hits Back At Sony, WannaCry Hacking Charges

    North Korea has shot back at a U.S. federal complaint alleging that a North Korean government-backed programmer was behind the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and destructive "WannaCry" cyberattacks that cost the global economy hundreds of millions of dollars, calling the charges a "smear campaign."

  • September 17, 2018

    IGT Offers $500M In Notes As NJ Sports-Betting Market Grows

    International Game Technology PLC on Monday said it is selling $500 million worth of senior secured notes to redeem a prior note issue as the London-based gambling company becomes active in the new sports-betting market in New Jersey.

  • September 17, 2018

    BuzzFeed Latest To Face Patent Suit By Cloud Company

    BuzzFeed Inc. has become the latest high-profile website to face an infringement suit over cloud storage patents from PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, a software developer that has filed dozens of similar suits against customers using Amazon's web services offerings.

  • September 17, 2018

    Tribe Asks Full 9th Circ. To Mull Tech Effect In Bingo Ruling

    The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel asked the Ninth Circuit to rethink its ruling affirming a lower-court decision that shut down the tribe’s online bingo site, with the Iipay Nation seeking a rehearing en banc because it believes the decision did not adequately consider how tribes can use remote access technology under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • September 17, 2018

    Cousteau Society Sues Explorer’s Granddaughter Over TM

    The Cousteau Society filed a suit in a New York federal court Friday accusing Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter of using his name and signature red cap to promote her television program, in the latest battle over the pioneering undersea explorer’s legacy.

  • September 17, 2018

    AMC Settles Texas Theater's First-Run Claims Ahead Of Trial

    AMC reached a settlement agreement with a Houston theater claiming the chain illegally blocked its access to first-run films, bringing an end to the antitrust suit days before a trial was set to commence in Texas federal court.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Partner Hired As Exec For New 'Fox'

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner and former assistant attorney general Viet D. Dinh has been tapped as the next chief legal and policy officer of the new Fox company that will spin out of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co.

  • September 14, 2018

    Protect Litigant Privacy In E-Filing Access, 7th Circ. Urged

    The Seventh Circuit wrestled Friday over whether to reverse a lower court's order that forced Cook County’s court clerk to make electronically filed complaints "immediately and contemporaneously" available to reporters, asking how to define that phrase when the court operates on business hours and the federal appeals system works like Cook County’s with respect to processing documents.

  • September 14, 2018

    US Must Push For Flexible Int'l Spectrum Use, Experts Say

    Global superpowers tasked with coordinating international spectrum often do not share the same favorable view of flexible use of the airwaves, and these competing interests are likely to be problematic in the next year when the standards-setting body ITU convenes, policy experts said Thursday during Mobile World Congress Americas events in Los Angeles.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Counsel Conflicts Of Interest In Bankruptcy

    Claire Wu

    A recent New York federal court ruling in the bankruptcy case of Relativity Media highlights the importance of disqualification of counsel disputes in bankruptcy matters. Attorneys must proceed with care when duties owed to both parties create a conflict of interest, says Claire Wu of SulmeyerKupetz PC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Extra Protection For Press In Law Enforcement Investigations

    Thomas Barnard

    When the FBI seized a New York Times journalist’s phone and email records earlier this year, the press was outraged. The authority to seize documents from a reporter has a higher threshold of approval than for normal investigations, and the failure to follow those requirements has a unique statutory remedy, say Thomas Barnard and Macy Climo of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.