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Media & Entertainment

  • June 15, 2018

    MGM Teams With Gambling Co. For NJ Sports Betting

    International Game Technology PLC is gambling on the new sports-betting market in New Jersey through a venture with an MGM Resorts International casino, marking the latest deal sparked by the legalization of sports gambling in the Garden State.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU Regulators Clear Comcast's $31B Bid For Sky

    European Union regulators signed off “unconditionally” Friday on Comcast’s $31 billion bid to purchase Sky PLC, finding no threats to competition in the latest development as Comcast and 21st Century Fox each vie for the British telecom giant.

  • June 15, 2018

    DOJ Won't Seek Stay, AT&T Closes $85B Time Warner Deal

    AT&T Inc. said late Thursday that it has closed its $85.4 billion deal for Time Warner Inc., after the U.S. Department of Justice agreed not to seek a stay of the D.C. district court ruling that rejected the government's merger challenge earlier this week.

  • June 15, 2018

    US Trustee Slams IHeartMedia Executive Bonuses

    The U.S. Trustee on Thursday asked a Texas bankruptcy court to reject iHeartMedia Inc.’s plan to pay its top executives up to $25 million in bonuses, saying the company has failed to show the plan’s performance goals are a challenge or how the executives would help reach them.

  • June 15, 2018

    Apostle Pai Preaches On Winning Net Neutrality Converts

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been called names ranging from “Hitler” to “the man who’s trying to end the internet” leading up to his controversial vote to undo Obama-era internet protections known as the net neutrality rules. But at the Cato Institute's auditorium Thursday evening he found a friendly audience and offered tips to free-market devotees on persuading net neutrality-supporting peers that the previous government regulation would have stifled growth of the internet.

  • June 15, 2018

    Avenatti 'Publicity Tour' Justifies Gag Order, Cohen Says

    The "unquenchable thirst for publicity" of Stormy Daniels' lawyer and declarations during his "publicity tour" that Michael Cohen routinely broke the law as President Donald Trump's personal attorney justify a media gag order, Cohen told a California federal judge Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU's $5.5B Tax Break Helps E-Book Sector, Moscovici Says

    A proposed European Union value-added tax break that could mainly benefit big web platforms shows the bloc is not out to get U.S. digital firms, European Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Law360 in an exclusive interview, despite his stated aim to increase the tax take from the digital sector.

  • June 14, 2018

    Alibaba’s Move Against IP Cert. ‘Waste Of Paper,’ Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Thursday that she’ll deny Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.’s preemptive bid to toss an Indiana artist’s putative class claims alleging the e-commerce company allows copyright infringers to illegally reproduce artists’ work, calling it “a waste of paper” at the litigation’s early stage.

  • June 14, 2018

    3rd Time's No Charm For Trump's Bid To Halt Defamation Suit

    The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday denied President Donald Trump’s bid to stay the defamation suit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos over his claims that she lied when accusing him of sexual misconduct, the third time a court has blocked his efforts to stymie the suit.

  • June 14, 2018

    Twitter Can’t Block Suit Over White Separatist’s Nixed Account

    A San Francisco judge trimmed but didn’t end a white separatist’s lawsuit against Twitter over its suspension of his account, finding Twitter had made public representations that it wouldn’t censor users and can’t now claim that it has a free speech right to remove content from its platform.

  • June 14, 2018

    Entrepreneur Magazine Says Rival Stealing Trademarks

    The publisher of Entrepreneur magazine hit a self-proclaimed fitness entrepreneur with a suit in California federal court Wednesday accusing him of illegally using Entrepreneur’s trademarks in his business and lifestyle magazine and websites that feature similar content about big names in business.

  • June 14, 2018

    Inside The Battle To Take Over 21st Century Fox's Assets

    A suite of 21st Century Fox's assets is causing a stir, with Comcast jumping into the ring with a $65 billion challenge to Disney's planned takeover of the businesses after the Philadelphia-based cable company already topped Fox's play for British telecom giant Sky. Here, Law360 recaps the many twists and bids in the pursuit of Fox's media holdings.

  • June 14, 2018

    Casino Ch. 7 Trustee Wins Bid To Capture CEO’s Assets

    An Illinois federal judge agreed Wednesday to compel the turnover of assets from the deceased chief executive of a Chicagoland casino to its bankruptcy trustee, ruling that the CEO had fraudulently transferred them to his wife.

  • June 14, 2018

    What The Time Warner Case Means For Antitrust Enforcement

    The federal government was dealt a heavy blow this week when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon soundly rejected its first court challenge to a purely vertical merger in decades, and the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner trial provides some guidance about what to expect from future enforcement efforts.

  • June 14, 2018

    Man Sues 'Fox & Friends' Host After Being Hit by Ax On Set

    A man who was struck by an ax thrown by "Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth during an episode of the show has filed suit in New York state court against the network and the host, saying they negligently caused him injury.

  • June 14, 2018

    Telecom Agency Head Grilled On US Internet Oversight

    The head of the government agency charged with setting internet policy told lawmakers Wednesday that he hopes the public will weigh in on whether the Trump administration can or should reverse an Obama-era decision relinquishing government control of the internet to international groups.

  • June 14, 2018

    Venable Nabs Ex-K&L Gates IP Pro In New York

    Venable LLP has added a former K&L Gates LLP partner with over 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark and patent matters to its intellectual property transactions practice, the firm announced.

  • June 13, 2018

    US World Cup Selection A Boon For Soccer Deal Attorneys

    FIFA on Wednesday voted to award the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, a decision that should spur more business for sports attorneys as it further pushes advertising and sponsorship deals, and increases media rights and professional team valuations amid the already growing interest in soccer in the U.S.

  • June 13, 2018

    DOJ Must Give Journos Docs On Siemens FCPA Compliance

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ordered the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday to turn over certain documents pertaining to Siemens AG's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance that an investigative news outlet requested, finding government officials weren’t entitled to some of the exemptions they’d claimed under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • June 13, 2018

    DEA, Media Poised For Battle Over Opioid MDL Data Access

    The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis set the stage Wednesday for an epic showdown over media access to secret data on painkiller sales — access that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says could have perilous repercussions.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Dismissal Of Facebook Tax Appeal Suit Will Embolden IRS

    Jason Dimopoulos

    The Northern District of California recently rejected Facebook’s argument that taxpayers have a right to be referred to the Internal Revenue Service Office of Appeals after a case has been brought in U.S. Tax Court. The implications of this decision for taxpayers are significant and will likely embolden the IRS as it increasingly seeks to limit taxpayer access to the appeals office, says Jason Dimopoulos of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • Spotlight On EU's Bold New Digital Economy Tax Ideas

    Stefanie Hardy

    As the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development attempts to craft a new digital services tax, two major concerns are the impact of the tax on U.S. companies operating within the European Union, which are estimated to make up approximately half the companies that would be hit by the tax, and the deterrence of high-tech investment in the EU, says Stefanie Hardy of Nauta Dutilh.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.