Media & Entertainment

  • May 15, 2018

    Man Avoids Jail In Scam To Sell Stolen Gardner Artwork

    A West Virginia man was sentenced to time served and home confinement in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, after he copped to a scheme to sell valuable stolen art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that he did not actually possess.

  • May 15, 2018

    Streaming Music Bill Hits The Right Notes On Capitol Hill

    Famous musicians, bipartisan lawmakers and rival industry groups all voiced support at a Senate hearing Tuesday for a package of copyright amendments that would make major changes to how streaming music services such as Spotify pay royalties.

  • May 15, 2018

    FCC Rethinking Autodialer Definition After Court Loss

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for suggestions as it comes up with a new definition for autodialers that will be banned from making robocalls, after the agency’s previous definition was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit as being too broad.

  • May 15, 2018

    IRS Escapes Facebook’s $7B Suit Over Blocked Tax Appeal

    A California federal judge has granted the Internal Revenue Service’s motion to dismiss a $7 billion lawsuit brought by Facebook Inc. that alleged the IRS unjustly denied the social media company’s right to appeal the agency’s decision to adjust its taxes after an audit of its returns.

  • May 15, 2018

    Yahoo Not Covered In TCPA Suits, AIG Tells 9th Circ.

    An AIG insurer on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a California federal court’s ruling that the insurer owes Yahoo no defense in several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, saying the lower court properly applied case law in finding that the underlying actions did not allege a potentially covered privacy violation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Personality App Exposed 3M Facebook Users' Details: Report

    A personality quiz on Facebook left the personal information of 3 million users exposed on a website where it was easy to read details on people's nature, such as their conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticisms, according to a new report. 

  • May 15, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won't Rehear TVEyes Fair Use Case

    The full Second Circuit on Monday refused to reconsider its February ruling that the media-monitoring service TVEyes violated copyright law by offering a search engine of video clips from Fox News and others.

  • May 14, 2018

    Longtime Zorro IP Holder To Cross Swords Over Play At Trial

    The production company that has long held the rights to Zorro is facing a trial accusing it of infringing copyrights for a musical about the masked swordsman after a California federal judge ruled Friday the character is in the public domain.

  • May 14, 2018

    Supreme Court Blows Door To Sports Betting Wide Open

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to strike down a federal ban on sports betting was perhaps more forceful than even the gambling industry anticipated, potentially giving states wide latitude to offer mobile and online betting options without running afoul of other federal laws.

  • May 14, 2018

    Senate Set To Vote On Nixing Net Neutrality Rollback

    A long-awaited Senate vote that could set in motion the nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality deregulation is scheduled for Wednesday, Senate Democrats said Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court Sports Bet Ruling Could Mean Bonanza For Tribes

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to strike down a federal sports betting ban offers Native American tribes a promising avenue to expand their gaming businesses, but how lucrative it is depends on how adept tribes can be in working with states to secure their place in the sports betting game, experts say.

  • May 14, 2018

    Facebook Users' Biometric Privacy Suit Will Go Forward

    A California federal judge Monday ruled that a certified class action on behalf of Illinois Facebook users alleging that the social media giant unlawfully collects biometric data from the tagging of their photos “will go forward,” in one of the first major tests of the scope of the Midwestern state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • May 14, 2018

    Olympic Skater Seeks 9th Circ. Rehearing Of NBC Royalty Suit

    Olympic gold medal-winning ice skater Oksana Baiul asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive her suit seeking royalties from the 1995 airing of “Nutcracker on Ice” on NBC, saying the appeal panel relied on a dead, discredited precedent.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Justices Say 'Defamatory' Column Was Opinion

    The Texas Supreme Court has sided with the Dallas Morning News in a libel lawsuit brought by the family of a teen whose suicide was referenced in a newspaper column, saying while the piece was “reasonably capable” of defaming the family, because the accusation is an opinion, the suit should be tossed.

  • May 14, 2018

    FCC’s Pai OKs Call Authentication Plan To Beat Robocalls

    Phone call authentication to combat “spoofed” robocalls assuming a fake number is one step closer after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday accepted recommendations from a federal advisory committee for selecting a “governance authority” to implement the authentication framework.

  • May 14, 2018

    Senators Want Details About AT&T's Cohen Dealings

    The relationship of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, with telecommunications giant AT&T has drawn a congressional microscope as a trio of Senate Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, pushed the company Monday to explain a contract they said raises questions of “a pay-for-play operation.”

  • May 14, 2018

    CBS, Intent On Blocking Viacom Tie-Up, Sues Shari Redstone

    CBS Corp. and five directors asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday to keep Shari Redstone from interfering in a board meeting this week where they hope to deflate her voting power, saying she’s jeopardized the company by trying to force its merger with Viacom Inc., a deal the directors recommended rejecting over the weekend.

  • May 14, 2018

    EEOC Says It Needn't Fork Over More Docs To Strip Club

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Florida federal court Friday that a strip club already has the available income information for a bartender applicant it allegedly discriminated against for being male and it is trying to compel more documents as a distraction.

  • May 14, 2018

    Tinder Settles With Top Chinese Dating App To End IP Fight

    The company that owns the dating app Tinder has reached a settlement agreement to drop a sweeping intellectual property lawsuit it filed in March against a rival service billed as “China’s Tinder."

  • May 14, 2018

    50 Cent Seeks Sanctions Against Concertgoers In Injury Suits

    Hip-hop artist 50 Cent asked a Connecticut bankruptcy judge late Friday to sanction two Massachusetts women for continuing to press on with a pair of personal injury claims, saying the women have already been paid for injuries they say they suffered after the rapper sparked a melee by leaping into a concert crowd.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Facebook Investigation Offers Early GDPR Lessons

    Glory Francke

    It is a safe bet that recent actions against Facebook by European data protection authorities foreshadow compliance priorities under the General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect in just a few weeks, says Glory Francke, a member of T-Mobile’s legal privacy team.

  • Attys Must Remember Duty Of Confidentiality When Online

    Trisha Rich

    In a recent opinion on lawyers' public online commentary, the American Bar Association noted that even when attorneys don't name clients, a breach of confidentiality can occur if a third party could deduce the client's identity. But state laws can differ, so lawyers must know their own jurisdictions' rules, say Trisha Rich and Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Insurers Cannot Rely On 'Absurd' Exclusion Applications

    Karthik Reddy

    An Indiana district court's recent decision in Emmis v. Illinois National illustrates the absurdity of broadly construing interrelated wrongful acts exclusions and reminds policyholders that they need not accept an insurer's broad application of policy exclusions that would result in nonsensical coverage determinations, say Karthik Reddy and Matthew Jacobs of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

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    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • A 9th Circ. Warning For Game Apps With Micro-Transactions

    Christopher Queenin

    Courts that have addressed virtual game currencies have found that developers do not run afoul of state gambling laws so long as the virtual currencies have no transferable monetary value outside of the game. But the Ninth Circuit disagreed last month in Kater v. Churchill Downs, says Christopher Queenin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

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    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • The Impact Of Tax Reform On Film, TV And Print Media: Part 1

    Michele Alexander

    While the media has been reporting on tax reform, tax reform will impact the media industry itself. Reform's effects are numerous, from a reduction in tax rates and new deductions to the loss of important deductions and new international regimes that have kept tax experts waiting in anticipation of further guidance, say attorneys Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis of Bracewell LLP.

  • Lohan Decision Is Good News For Video Game Industry

    David Jacoby

    Last week, the New York Court of Appeals concluded that none of the "Grand Theft Auto V" images could be deemed a portrait of Lindsay Lohan or Karen Gravano. The opinion confirms a broader field on which fictional video games can tell their stories without detonating any litigation bombs. But it is not a get-out-of-jail-free card, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • A Notable Footnote In High Court Merit Management Decision

    Elliot Moskowitz

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Merit Management v. FTI Consulting has been characterized as a narrowing of the Section 546(e) safe harbor, given the court’s holding that a transfer is not protected from avoidance merely because the funds passed through a “financial institution.” However, a footnote in the decision could mean that the safe harbor remains applicable to additional participants in securities transactions, say Elliot Moskowitz and Tina Hwa Joe of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.