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Media & Entertainment

  • October 11, 2018

    Lawmakers Chide Google For Not Admitting Data Leak

    Three top Senate Republicans sent a scathing letter to Google on Thursday for not disclosing a security flaw the company says could have exposed personal data from hundreds of thousands of users of its social media site Google+, a day after Senate Democrats called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

  • October 11, 2018

    Amazon Eyes Escape From Job Applicants' Age Bias Suit

    Amazon.com Inc. asked a California federal judge on Thursday to nix a retooled proposed class action accusing it of placing job ads on Facebook that were illegally hidden from older workers, saying it never impaired workers from learning or applying for employment. 

  • October 11, 2018

    Pass-Through Rules A Buzzkill For Entertainment Biz Owners

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury may have to revisit its proposed limitations on who qualifies for an attractive tax break in the sports and performing arts fields amid accusations that its rules are more restrictive than Congress intended.

  • October 11, 2018

    Stars Group Gets Greenlight For $4.7B Sky Betting Buy

    United Kingdom antitrust authorities on Thursday announced they had cleared Canadian gaming company Stars Group Inc.’s $4.7 billion purchase of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners, creating what has been billed as the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming company.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ex-Newsweek Owner Denies $10M Fraud, Blames DA Vance

    A former co-owner of Newsweek and people and entities linked to him who are charged in a $10 million bank fraud scheme pled not guilty in a New York courtroom Thursday, claiming the case was retribution by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. for negative news coverage.

  • October 11, 2018

    Rural Groups Urge FCC To Keep Old 3.5 GHz Rules

    Consumer group Public Knowledge was among 20 organizations to sign on to a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, urging the agency to preserve existing rules for the 3.5 GHz band that allow small providers to offer broadband service in rural areas.

  • October 11, 2018

    5G Boost From T-Mobile Merger Said To Benefit Taxpayers

    A national tax reform group has endorsed the proposed merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc., telling the Federal Communications Commission that combining the telecoms will help them roll out 5G networks and save taxpayers money by reducing subsidies.

  • October 11, 2018

    Clinton-Era NTIA Head Says FCC's 5G Order Is Wrong

    The Federal Communications Commission erred in adopting a recent order that imposes standard rates and terms on 5G “small cells,” and its actions are likely to widen the so-called digital divide, said the National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief under the Clinton administration on Thursday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Roller Coaster Model Co. Wants To Arbitrate Lego Dispute

    A company that designs models of roller coasters told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday that if its agreement with a Lego product design firm is enough to support the firm’s breach of contract suit, then the agreement’s arbitration clause must be enforced.

  • October 11, 2018

    Tribes, Wis. Battle Over How Casino Case Fits IGRA 'Zone'

    Two Wisconsin tribes and the state have filed memos to answer the Seventh Circuit's question about whether disputed plans for a casino expansion fall within the "zone of interests" protected by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, but none of the parties’ arguments aligned on how to interpret the IGRA’s intent.

  • October 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Swissport, Kimberly-Clark, NEC Group

    Airport services company Swissport could be worth more than $3 billion in a sale, multiple suitors are vying for Kimberly-Clark’s multibillion-dollar European tissue business, and Blackstone is nearing a deal to buy Britain-based NEC Group.

  • October 11, 2018

    Fyre Festival 'Serial Fraudster' Faces 6 Years, $26M Forfeiture

    Billy McFarland, a young entrepreneur who caught the FBI's attention when his ill-fated Fyre Festival left concertgoers stranded on a remote island, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday — far less than the government sought — by a judge who called him a "serial fraudster," and also ordered to pay a $26 million forfeiture.

  • October 11, 2018

    Weinstein Ducks 1 Sexual Assault Charge In NY, But 5 Remain

    A New York state judge dismissed one of six sexual assault charges against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office indicated there were inconsistencies with a former actress’ account of an alleged assault in 2004.

  • October 11, 2018

    Educators Fight Telecoms' Push For FCC Spectrum Revamp

    Educators are pushing back against a move by telecoms to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to free up spectrum set aside for instructional content, saying the 2.5 GHz band is widely used and does not cry out for wholesale changes.

  • October 11, 2018

    Comcast's 'Diametrically Opposed' Stances Sink PTAB Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday rejected Comcast’s challenge to a patent covering TV voice recognition technology, with the board finding the cable giant’s changed construction of a claim term “diametrically opposed” to its construction in previous challenges of the same patent.

  • October 11, 2018

    MoMaCha Cafe Can't Escape MoMA's TM Dilution Claim

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied an attempt by Manhattan's MoMaCha cafe to toss a trademark dilution claim in a suit brought by the Museum of Modern Art, ruling that MoMA has shown its name is famous.

  • October 11, 2018

    Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law the Music Modernization Act, copyright legislation that will make major changes to how streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora pay royalties.

  • October 10, 2018

    Federal Privacy Law Shouldn't Lower The Bar, Senators Told

    Consumer advocates hit back at calls from tech giants such as Google and Apple asking for federal lawmakers to enact a uniform national privacy law that wipes out more stringent state rules, telling a seemingly receptive Senate committee on Wednesday that recent legislative efforts in the European Union and California should be viewed as models and not disregarded.

  • October 10, 2018

    Benesch Nabs High-Stakes Atty Pair From Winston In Chicago

    J. Erik Connolly and Nicole Wrigley, who have litigated several cases of nationwide interest including a beef product company's high-profile defamation suit against ABC News, have been added to Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP’s roster in its Chicago office, the firm has announced.

  • October 10, 2018

    Artist Robert Indiana's Estate Can Arbitrate Dealer's Claims

    The estate of artist Robert Indiana won a bid on Tuesday to arbitrate American Image Art’s crossclaims against it, which stem from a lawsuit alleging that the man behind the iconic "LOVE" image allowed friends to manipulate him and forge his works.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Limitations Of NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    A New York law that took effect this summer prohibits predispute agreements to arbitrate sexual harassment claims. Although well-intentioned, this provision is unlikely to significantly alter the status quo, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Jacob Singer of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Opinion

    Court Doubles Down On Incorrect Right Of Publicity Ruling

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal court's refusal last week to reconsider Davis v. Electronic Arts magnifies the manifest errors in its recent decision by ignoring the blatantly obvious identifiability of the former NFL players, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.