Media & Entertainment

  • February 12, 2018

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Taylor Swift Nears Toss Of ‘Shake It Off’ Copyright Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively agreed to dismiss a copyright infringement suit alleging Taylor Swift ripped off lyrics for her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” from a 2001 song by female singing group 3LW, but the judge said he’s considering allowing an updated complaint.

  • February 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, Apollo Global, Sok

    Comcast may look to buy assets from 21st Century Fox despite the blockbuster deal Fox previously inked with Disney, Apollo is partnering with one of the Netherlands’ largest pension funds on an attempted acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s specialty chemicals business, and four Turkish companies are expected to go public in May.

  • February 12, 2018

    Fox Offers To Firewall Sky News For $14.4B UK Acquisition

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. responded Monday to concerns raised by the United Kingdom's competition enforcer that its planned $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC would give the Murdoch family too much influence over British programming, denying the assertion but offering to protect the independence of Sky News.

  • February 12, 2018

    Lollapalooza Festival Ripped Off Calif. Artist, Suit Says

    A California visual artist rocked Live Nation Entertainment and its concert promotion business with a lawsuit Friday that claims the entertainment giant used artwork he created for the music festival Lollapalooza after their licensing agreement expired and outside the original provisions.

  • February 12, 2018

    Euromoney Sells Market Intelligence Biz In $180.5M Deal

    Financial publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC said Monday it will sell its market information unit to a consortium consisting of the private equity arm of Citic Capital Holdings Ltd. and the global arm of Chinese business news firm Caixin Media in a $180.5 million deal.

  • February 9, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Disneyland Edges Toward Early Win In FCRA Class Suit

    A California judge on Friday tentatively granted Disneyland’s bid for an early win in a class action alleging the park violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by preventing job applicants with adverse background checks from attending orientation pending possible appeals, while the applicants argued the park violated the statute.

  • February 9, 2018

    AT&T's 'Internet Bill Of Rights' Prompts Critical Feedback

    The founder of a publicly traded communications software company has criticized AT&T Inc.’s calls for an “Internet Bill of Rights,” saying that the proposal appears disingenuous given internet service providers’ track records of blocking applications that consumers want.

  • February 9, 2018

    Online Cos. Press Senate To Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

    An internet trade association that counts Amazon, Google and Facebook among its members urged Congress to pass legislation overturning a Federal Communications Commission order critics say opens the door for internet service providers to create paid “fast lanes” for online content by removing so-called net neutrality rules.

  • February 9, 2018

    Facebook Docs Not Privileged, US Argues In Tax Dispute

    Documents withheld by Facebook Inc. in its transfer pricing dispute with the Internal Revenue Service are not protected by privilege because they pertain to business development and not trial preparation, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said Thursday in California federal court ahead of a March 29 hearing on whether the company should produce the documents.

  • February 9, 2018

    Fox's 'Unusual' $90M Scandal Deal Gets Chancery's OK

    Terming the deal “unusual” but sensible, Delaware’s Chancery Court approved a $90 million settlement Friday between Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and investors seeking a company recovery of huge payouts in sexual harassment scandals involving Fox News management and talent.

  • February 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Nix Of Ad IP Asserted Against Google

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed Google’s wins before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated the asserted claims of two patents covering technology for identifying invalid clicks for online pay-per-click advertisers, confirming that the patents were eligible for the America Invents Act covered business method review program.

  • February 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Remington, Ant Financial, Cirsa Gaming

    Gun maker Remington is looking for financing to let it file for bankruptcy, Ant Financial is looking to raise up to $5 billion and Cirsa Gaming has received acquisition interest from private equity firms and rival gaming companies alike.

  • February 9, 2018

    Ticket Co. CEO Plans Guilty Plea In Ponzi Scheme Case

    Jason Nissen, the former CEO of bankrupt ticket brokerage National Events Holdings LLC, is planning to enter a guilty plea, his lawyer told a Manhattan federal judge Friday, after prosecutors charged him with running the business as a $70 million Ponzi scheme.

  • February 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Weil, Latham

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, NuStar Holdings merged with a subsidiary to create a $7.9 billion partnership, Kroger made a $2.15 billion convenience store sale to EG Group, Enduring Resources bought WPX Energy’s San Juan Basin oil holdings for $700 million, and Tronc sold the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers to Nant Capital for $500 million.

  • February 9, 2018

    Co. Says Ruling Means It Can Scrape Data From LinkedIn

    Data company 3Taps Inc. on Thursday hit LinkedIn Corp. with a suit in California federal court, arguing that a ruling in a separate case that allowed a job search startup to scrape data off the networking site’s public profiles should allow 3Taps to do the same.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lobbying Doc Says NBA, MLB Want Slice Of The Betting Pie

    With a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over a federal sports betting ban forthcoming, the NBA and Major League Baseball are lobbying state lawmakers considering proposed legalization bills to allow sports leagues to opt out of certain types of betting and to compensate them from wagers made on their sports, a measure largely criticized by the gambling industry.

  • February 8, 2018

    Unwanted Tax Fax Violates TCPA, Ill. Printing Co. Says

    An Illinois printing company slapped Washington, D.C.-based finance and economy publisher The Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. and other unidentified individuals with a putative class action in Chicago federal court Thursday, saying the company unlawfully distributed an unsolicited fax about the new federal tax law to it and several other Illinois companies.

  • February 8, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BlackRock, Bayer, Atlantia

    BlackRock wants to raise more than $10 billion to put toward equity investments, Bayer plans on selling off its global vegetable seeds business to ease EU concerns over its $63.5 billion bid for Monsanto, and Atlantia nabbed financing to up its bid to buy Spanish rival Abertis.

  • February 8, 2018

    Dems Ask Sessions For Docs Over AT&T-Time Warner Suit

    Four House Democrats asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday to hand over documents relating to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit over the planned merger between AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. amid concerns the department is bending to political pressure from President Donald Trump.

  • February 8, 2018

    Bankrupt Cumulus Gets OK To Pay Employee Bonuses

    Hundreds of employees of bankrupt radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. will see 2017 incentive bonuses paid out after a New York bankruptcy judge approved four bonus programs on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Reporting Requirement Alone Survives Net Neutrality Repeal

    Marc Martin

    In repealing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has left one legacy rule requiring broadband internet access service providers to disclose their network management practices. With this, the FCC may have provided the means by which a record may be developed to show BIAS providers' use of previously prohibited practices, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Trademark Predators — Can They Really Prey On The Public?

    E. Russell Tarleton

    As trademark predators grab descriptive and hybrid marks from popular industry terms, the jargon jungle becomes increasingly difficult to navigate. While a review of the acquired distinctiveness criteria for registering a mark is needed, it is less clear who should lead the charge, say E. Russell Tarleton and Jennifer Ashton of Seed IP Law Group LLP.