Media & Entertainment

  • October 12, 2017

    Atlantic Media's GC Says Email Scam Targets Job Applicants

    Atlantic Media’s general counsel has alerted potential job applicants to the prestigious magazine that scammers have been reaching out to would-be applicants for phony job opportunities in a bid to filch their private data.

  • October 12, 2017

    Trump’s NBC Threats Won't Work On Today's FCC: Experts

    President Donald Trump called Wednesday for NBC to have its broadcast licenses challenged after it ran what he called a “fake news” story about him, but experts say the Federal Communications Commission’s days of policing newsrooms are long gone.

  • October 12, 2017

    Del. Justices Nix Revival Of $1B IHeartMedia Debt Suit

    Delaware's Supreme Court refused Thursday to revive an investor's derivative claim that Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings' directors breached their duty to the company by failing to seek repayment of $1 billion in debts owed by majority owner iHeartMedia.

  • October 12, 2017

    After NYT Challenge, BuzzFeed Drops 'All The News' Slogan

    BuzzFeed on Wednesday deleted a slogan that riffed on The New York Times’ iconic "All the News That's Fit to Print" motto after the newspaper reached out with legal concerns, quietly avoiding a trademark fight that experts say the site was unlikely to win.

  • October 12, 2017

    Spanish Publisher Seeks To Annul Award In $330M Chile Row

    A centenarian Spanish newspaper owner whose publication was seized in 1973 by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet said Thursday he is looking to revive his $330 million claim against the country at a World Bank arbitral institution, even as a related claim he initiated continues under different arbitral rules.

  • October 12, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Rejects Tribal Gaming Co.’s Tax Arguments

    A Pennsylvania appellate court Thursday stood by a panel’s decision that held the commonwealth’s tax authority was correct to find a tribal-owned racetrack and casino company owed $1.2 million in sales and use taxes during a roughly four-year period, rejecting the company’s exceptions to the earlier ruling.

  • October 12, 2017

    Swiss Target Qatari TV Exec In FIFA Bribery Scandal

    Swiss federal prosecutors said Thursday they were investigating Qatari businessman and prominent soccer figure Nasser Al-Khelaifi for allegedly bribing FIFA’s former general secretary to secure World Cup broadcast rights.

  • October 12, 2017

    June Trial Brews Over Kiss Rockers’ Eatery Meal Break Claims

    A California judge has concluded that Rock & Brews, a restaurant chain that counts two Kiss members as its founders, hasn’t conclusively demonstrated that an alleged practice of giving employees forms to waive meal breaks complies with the law, scheduling a trial in June over a former waitress’ experience at an El Segundo location.

  • October 11, 2017

    Yahoo Says Men Were Fired Based On Poor Work, Not Gender

    Yahoo Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss two former managers' suits claiming they were fired for being men, saying poor performance rankings backed their ouster, while the men’s lawyer countered female executives manipulated the review system to justify the wrongful terminations.

  • October 11, 2017

    Casino Can't Prove Baccarat Cards Had Defects, Maker Says

    Playing-card vendor Gemaco Inc. insisted Tuesday that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa can't show that its cards were defective, so a New Jersey federal judge doesn’t need to take the case to trial to determine if the casino can recover the $10.13 million in winnings it paid out to a Poker Hall of Famer.

  • October 11, 2017

    Investors Seek Del. Revival Of iHeartMedia Debt Challenge

    Investors in a subsidiary of debt-burdened iHeartMedia Inc. told Delaware’s Supreme Court Wednesday that the Chancery Court had erred when it dismissed their challenges to using the unit as a cash cow to help out the parent company on the grounds the issue had already been decided.

  • October 11, 2017

    Lego Says Rival 'Grasping At Straws' In Copyright Suit

    Lego told a Connecticut federal court Tuesday that a rival "has resorted to grasping at straws” with its bid for a quick win on the toy giant’s copyright claims, contending that its competitor is trying to avoid taking responsibility for infringing despite admitting to copying its plastic figurines.

  • October 11, 2017

    'American Idol' Parent Says Sony's Royalty Claims Are Barred

    "American Idol" producer CORE Entertainment moved Tuesday to shut down a suit by Sony Music Entertainment over unpaid royalties for Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson and other stars of the show, telling a New York bankruptcy court the claims are barred by CORE’s recent reorganization.

  • October 11, 2017

    Universal Not Covered For 'War’ In Film Relocation Fight

    A 2014 armed conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group constitutes a "war" under an exclusion in Universal Cable Productions' insurance policy, defeating the company's bid to get coverage for the cost to move production of a TV series away from Jerusalem amid the strife, a California federal judge ruled in a decision made public Tuesday.

  • October 11, 2017

    Ex-DA Can't Shake Suit Over Woman's Online Comments

    A Pennsylvania woman saw claims advance against a suburban Philadelphia district attorney, a police chief and his daughter over a threatened arrest at her workplace that cost her job, after a federal judge found that the woman's comments on a social media account parodying the daughter, who was previously convicted of assaulting two gay men, were plausibly satirical.

  • October 11, 2017

    Rocket Fuel To Pay $3.2M To End Stock-Drop Suit Over Bots

    A California federal judge on Wednesday approved Rocket Fuel Inc.’s $3.15 million deal to resolve a putative shareholder class action alleging the online advertising platform pumped its stock by lying about its ability to block value-draining robot traffic, saying the per-share amount is “probably sufficiently fair” since she'd shot down most of the suit's claims.

  • October 11, 2017

    Coachella Wins Ban Of Movie Festival’s Use Of 'Filmchella'

    The organizers of the Coachella music festival won a court order Tuesday barring an upstart movie festival called “Filmchella” from using its name.

  • October 10, 2017

    Harvey Weinstein Taps Glaser Weil Partner After Firing

    Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has hired Glaser Weil’s Patricia Glaser to represent him in his fight with The Weinstein Co. after it fired him Sunday following numerous claims that the producer has a history of sexually harassing women, according to media reports Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2017

    9th Circ. Asked To Rehear 'Supercookies' Arbitration Row

    Turn Inc. is pushing the Ninth Circuit to reconsider a panel decision that allowed Verizon subscribers to avoid arbitrating their putative class action accusing Turn of secretly tracking them with "supercookies," arguing that the holding "trampled" the law and would "open the floodgates" to bids to dodge arbitration agreements.

  • October 10, 2017

    9th Circ. Backs DOI Approval For Calif. Tribal Casino

    The Ninth Circuit has upheld a lower court's ruling supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to take land into trust for a proposed Ione Band of Miwok Indians casino, saying the department's action didn't violate the Indian Reorganization Act or the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • Sorting Out Teamsters Acquittal In ‘Top Chef’ Case

    Michael Abcarian

    A federal jury recently acquitted four Teamsters on charges of criminally threatening the host of the popular cooking competition show “Top Chef." Michael Abcarian of Fisher Phillips examines how the dispute escalated into a criminal extortion prosecution and where the line is drawn between criminality and lawful conduct when union members threaten an employer who uses nonunion workers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Candy Lab And The Changing Reality Of Augmented Reality

    Kimberly Culp

    Augmented reality game developers recently scored major points when a Wisconsin federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the Candy Lab case, prohibiting Milwaukee from enforcing an ordinance limiting the use of augmented reality and location-based applications, say Kimberly Culp and Taylor Sachs of Venable LLP.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Clarifying FCRA Stand-Alone Disclosure Rule At 7th Circ.

    Steven Pearlman

    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Groshek v. Time Warner Cable is a valuable win for employers, as it provides important guidance as to what does not constitute a concrete injury with respect to the Fair Credit Reporting Act stand-alone disclosure rule, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.