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Media & Entertainment

  • January 11, 2019

    Shutdown Is Hampering 5G Deployment, Telecom Group Says

    As the government shutdown continues, new devices to help deploy 5G across the country and technologies to support it await approval, the Telecommunications Industry Association said Friday, asking the FCC to take action to lessen the shutdown’s impact.

  • January 11, 2019

    Justices To Consider FOIA's Exemption 4 In SNAP Grocer Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a grocery trade group’s appeal claiming an Eighth Circuit decision that allowed a South Dakota newspaper to receive information on participating SNAP businesses requires a closer look at the Freedom of Information Act’s Exemption Four.

  • January 11, 2019

    Ballard Spahr Nabs First Amendment Litigator In Minneapolis

    Ballard Spahr LLP has scored a First Amendment attorney from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP who has a track record of representing news organizations and others against defamation and libel claims, the firm announced.

  • January 11, 2019

    'Real Housewives' Of OC Star Ditches $1M Slander Suit

    A California judge has allowed “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador to escape a $1 million defamation suit launched against her and one of her co-stars by the ex-husband of a former cast member, ruling there was no evidence that Beador’s comments caused any harm.

  • January 11, 2019

    Avenatti Seeks DQ Of Ex-Partner's Counsel In $10M Fee Fight

    Attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti told a California federal judge on Thursday that counsel for a former law partner trying to enforce a $10 million judgment against him from a fee dispute are hopelessly conflicted and must be disqualified.

  • January 11, 2019

    Thune Swaps Commerce Panel Chair For Subcommittee Helm

    U.S. Sen. John Thune, the new GOP whip, will trade one committee gig for another when he leaves his position at the helm of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to lead its subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, the senator’s office announced Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    NJ Justices Won't Hear Challenge To $5.4M Junk Fax Ruling

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court ruling that an insurer must pay damages only to the representative of a class action, not the whole class, over a media company’s unsolicited faxes, according to an order released Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Peugeot Can't Reverse On $30M 'Blade Runner' Deal: Studio

    Alcon Entertainment prominently featured the logo of French car manufacturer Peugeot in the movie "Blade Runner 2049" as part of a hefty $30 million product placement deal and now the studio wants its money, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • January 11, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Slack, Dalian Wanda, Anheuser-Busch

    The company behind workplace instant-messaging app Slack is reportedly planning on undertaking a direct listing, Dalian Wanda plans to list its sports unit in the U.S., and Anheuser-Busch InBev is mulling publicly listing its Asian operations.

  • January 11, 2019

    Brand Battles: Pizza Hut Tackles 'Football' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Pizza Hut defends its status as the official sponsor of the NFL and NCAA football by aiming to sack an "Official Pizza of Football" application, Nintendo isn't cryptic about its opposition to a blockchain riff on Pokémon, and Salesforce claims a broad "family" of "force"-related trademarks.

  • January 11, 2019

    10th Circ. Lets FCC 5G Order Proceed, But In The 9th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit has ruled that a Federal Communications Commission rule governing how wireless infrastructure must be deployed on a local level may start to take effect Monday amid a handful of municipal-led lawsuits challenging the rule as an overreach of the federal government’s powers.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fox Says No Plans To Buy Back Sports Networks From Disney

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. told U.S. financial regulators Friday it has no plans to bid on any of the regional sports networks Walt Disney Co. will spin off from its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets.

  • January 11, 2019

    FBI Must Answer Court On BuzzFeed Docs Despite Shutdown

    A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that the ongoing government shutdown will not give the FBI more time to file a position statement on unsealing documents used in a case against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier claiming links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

  • January 11, 2019

    Las Vegas Show Co. Customers Win Partial Cert. In TCPA Suit

    A Nevada federal court granted partial certification Thursday to a group of customers who received automated text message advertisements after buying tickets from a Las Vegas-based production company, ruling that messages sent aren't weighed the same as those received.

  • January 11, 2019

    AG Nominee Promises Recusal In Time-AT&T Merger Case

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he would recuse himself from the U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger if he were confirmed, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Netflix Facing 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Trademark Suit

    Netflix Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Friday over its new interactive movie "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" by the company that owns the trademark rights to the once-popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series.

  • January 10, 2019

    'Making A Murderer' Atty Says Ex-Client Sunk His Own Case

    The Illinois attorney featured in the documentary “Making a Murderer” has fired back at a former client who accused her of botching his false imprisonment case, saying his lack of candor with her was what torpedoed his civil suit. 

  • January 10, 2019

    IHeartMedia Lays Out Case For Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation

    Lawyers for iHeartMedia Inc. kicked off a multi-day court hearing Thursday seeking approval of a plan to restructure the radio broadcast giant and its $16 billion of funded debt, telling a Texas bankruptcy judge that the creditor-backed plan prepares the company for a future media landscape.

  • January 10, 2019

    EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Shouldn't Be Global, Adviser Says

    An adviser to the European Union's highest court recommended Thursday that the "right to be forgotten" — which requires search engines such as Google to delete content that users find irrelevant or embarrassing — should be limited to the EU and not be applied globally, as France's data protection authority had argued. 

  • January 10, 2019

    Fyre Fest Trustee Seeks To Widen Probe Into 3rd Parties

    The court-appointed liquidation trustee for the production company behind the infamous Fyre Festival asked a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday for permission to subpoena more than a dozen companies, further expanding a probe aimed at tracking down the millions of dollars creditors lost on the fiasco.

Expert Analysis

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • APA Lessons From CNN Press Pass Case

    Steven Gordon

    The primary focus of CNN's suit seeking restoration of Jim Acosta’s White House press pass was, appropriately, on the First and Fifth Amendment claims. But the third claim raises some interesting issues about the extent to which the Administrative Procedure Act can be applied to actions taken by the White House, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Tangible Property Sales Taxes Don't Apply To Intangibles

    Craig Fields

    Recent tax decisions in Pennsylvania and Michigan highlight taxing authorities' unsuccessful attempts to assert sales and use tax on products and services that use new technologies not contemplated by old taxing statutes, say Craig Fields and Rebecca Balinskas of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call For Nationwide Consistency On Noncompetes

    Steven Kayman

    There is something to be said for and against all of the various approaches taken to address the nettlesome problem of noncompetes. But little can be said to justify what we now have — a complex quilt work of varying laws and rules, say Steven Kayman of Proskauer Rose LLP and Lauren Davis, a law clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court​​​​​​​.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.