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Media & Entertainment

  • August 6, 2018

    Del. Ch. 11 Court OKs Hearing On Weinstein Contract Rules

    Over objections from at least 15 entertainment industry figures, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday scheduled a hearing on streamlined procedures for rejecting or handing off eligible contracts from The Weinstein Co. to buyer Lantern Entertainment LLC.

  • August 6, 2018

    Ex-Met Dykstra Sues Producers Over Failed Amazon Series

    Former Mets ball player Lenny Dykstra hit a production company with a fraud suit in New York state court on Sunday, accusing DLP Media Group LLC of cutting him out of the $400,000 it recovered after Amazon canceled a planned documentary series about Dykstra’s life.

  • August 6, 2018

    Comment System Take-Down Not Cyberattack, FCC Confirms

    A drastic spike in public comments brought down the FCC’s online system last summer following a segment about net neutrality on the HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” the Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has concluded in a report, changing the agency’s original narrative that it had been the target of a cyberattack.

  • August 6, 2018

    Disney, Viacom Push To Dismiss Kid Data Scrape Suit

    Disney, Viacom and other companies asked a California federal court to toss proposed class actions accusing them of surreptitiously gathering kids’ personal information while they play mobile games and selling it to advertisers, saying the parents leading the suits haven’t shown any data was improperly collected or used.

  • August 6, 2018

    Bernstein Litowitz, Robbins Geller Tapped In Facebook Suit

    A California federal judge appointed Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP as co-lead counsel in consolidated class action litigation against Facebook Inc. after its stock dropped following disclosure of its ties to the now-bankrupt political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

  • August 6, 2018

    Producer Drops Film Rights Suit Against Weinstein, Disney

    A film producer has settled his claims with Walt Disney and The Weinstein Co. in a dispute over the rights to make a spinoff and sequel to the 1984 cult Hollywood horror film “Children of the Corn,” according to court documents filed in California federal court Monday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Dating Service Users' Fraud Classes Modified, Not Decertified

    Matchmaking service It's Just Lunch International Inc. lost its bid to decertify two consumer classes alleging it defrauded daters, but, to make the classes more cohesive, a New York federal judge on Monday narrowed the scope of the national class and set the end of the class period at May 2014.

  • August 6, 2018

    Media Outlets Want Expedited Appeal In Parkland Video Fight

    Media organizations fighting the Broward County (Florida) School Board and the local state attorney's office over security camera footage taken during the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School asked the Florida Supreme Court Monday to expedite the government's appeal of a decision ordering the release of the videos.

  • August 6, 2018

    Shuffle Tech CEO Not A 'Liar-Loser' But A Victim, Jury Told

    Shuffle Tech LLC’s counsel urged a federal jury Monday not to buy into the idea that its CEO is a “loser and a liar” when it comes to his company, saying he is actually a victim and Scientific Games Corp.'s characterization was “just the arrogance of a monopolist and their attorneys.”

  • August 6, 2018

    Judge Got AT&T-Time Warner Case Wrong, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a lower court ignored a fundamental economic model and basic corporate principles when it rejected the agency's effort to block AT&T's now-completed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner.

  • August 6, 2018

    Insurer Says It Has No Duty To Cover Go-Kart Accident

    Cincinnati Insurance Co. says it has no duty to defend a go-kart center from a lawsuit by the parents of a child who was thrown from one of its carts, arguing that exclusions in the policy for amusement rides bar coverage, according to a lawsuit filed in an Iowa federal court on Friday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks High Court To Nix Net Neutrality Ruling

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to gut a D.C. Circuit decision upholding the legitimacy of the Obama-era net neutrality rules now that the Trump administration has reversed those rules.

  • August 6, 2018

    Brewery Wants End To Thelonious Monk IP Lawsuit

    A California craft brewery that sells a "Brother Thelonious" ale is pushing to end a lawsuit filed by the estate of jazz legend Thelonious Monk, saying discovery had proven "the utter falsity" of the case.

  • August 6, 2018

    Amaya Investors Reach $5.8M Settlement Over Stock Drop

    Investors in Amaya Inc. told a New Jersey federal court that they’d reached a $5.75 million settlement with the gambling giant over allegations that the value of Amaya’s stock price took a nosedive after regulators filed insider trading charges against its CEO.

  • August 6, 2018

    Pittsburgh Casino Spied On Texts, Banking Info, Guests Say

    Two women have accused Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh of zooming in on their cell phones with its security cameras to record their private information, then sharing that information with one plaintiff’s ex-husband, according to two lawsuits filed in Allegheny County court.

  • August 6, 2018

    Emerson Can't Undo BladeRoom's $30M Trade Secret Win

    A California federal judge refused to tinker with a jury's $30 million award to data-center manufacturer BladeRoom regarding competitor Emerson's theft of business info that allowed it to win Facebook's business for a data center in Sweden.

  • August 6, 2018

    Journalist Hits CenterPoint With $1M Suit Over Electric Shock

    A British journalist who suffered an electric shock when he came into close proximity to live power lines submerged during Hurricane Harvey filed a $1 million lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy Inc. in state district court in Houston Monday, arguing the power company should have killed the lines in light of the catastrophic flooding.

  • August 6, 2018

    FCC Eyes Later Deadline For Challenging Coverage Maps

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has asked his fellow commissioners to push back the deadline for certain groups to challenge coverage maps that determine which rural and underserved parts of the country are eligible for subsidies to boost mobile broadband.

  • August 6, 2018

    WWE Seeks Attys' Fees After Sanctions In Concussion Suit

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has asked a Connecticut federal judge to order an attorney for two former wrestlers to pay the entertainment company's $176,486 legal bill for attorneys' fees and costs associated with an earlier sanctions order over an evidence dispute in the wrestlers' concussion suit.

  • August 3, 2018

    Gawker Bankruptcy Can't Shield Writer From Defamation Suit

    A Deadspin freelancer who was sued for defamation by a sports gambling expert is not protected by the Chapter 11 plan of Deadspin's former parent company, Gawker Media, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Friday, because the gambling expert did not receive a benefit from the bankruptcy.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The Sports Bet Case

    Matthew McGill

    Three members of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP team that represented the state of New Jersey in Murphy v. NCAA explain how they kept the faith — over six years of litigation — that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually strike down the federal prohibition on state legalization of sports wagering.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • GDPR Gameplay: Privacy Issues For Video Game Developers

    Roger Wylie

    Independent video game developers may collect and utilize data from users to improve their games or release new content — and they may not be prepared for the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, say Roger Wylie and Frank Johnson Jr. of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • The Reinvention Of Art Auctions In The Age Of Blockchain

    Desiree Moore

    In the context of the purchase and sale of fine art, blockchain technology is proving to be a profound answer to uncertainty in authenticity, gaps in provenance and overall lack of transparency that have long plagued the global art market, say Desiree Moore and Dora Georgescu of K&L Gates LLP.

  • The Applicability Of FOIA To Monitorship Documents

    Abena Mainoo

    The long-running litigation related to Siemens’ 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act plea agreement, and a D.C. federal court’s recent decision, highlight the complexity of determining whether sensitive information that companies provide to compliance monitors is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act: 3 Early Questions

    Grant Davis-Denny

    It is difficult to overstate the scope of the new California Consumer Privacy Act — it will dramatically change the privacy landscape in the U.S. when it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The act also contains ambiguities that are likely to sow confusion and litigation, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • How Sports Bet Ruling Affects Players' Collective Bargaining

    Vincent Cohen Jr.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, player associations must not only monitor how state legislatures and Congress react to the ruling, but also proactively engage with both federal and state legislatures. Failure to do so will likely leave players in an unfavorable position vis-a-vis their respective leagues, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Tax Decisions Bring Challenges And Opportunities To Tribes

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the wake of U.S. v. Jim in the Eleventh Circuit and South Dakota v. Wayfair in the U.S. Supreme Court, Native American tribes should takes steps to protect their rights under the general welfare exclusion and assert their sovereignty to impose new sales taxes, says Rob Roy Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.