We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

Media & Entertainment

  • October 3, 2018

    FCC's Pai Backs Trump Admin.'s Economic Arguments For 5G

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday reinforced the Trump administration's recent arguments for the economic benefits of 5G, telling a Washington, D.C., audience that his agency is aligned with broader priorities of helping commercial carriers deploy fifth-generation networks.

  • October 2, 2018

    FEMA Alert Challenged For Use Of Presidential Header

    Federal agencies will send out the first Wireless Emergency Alert aimed at all mobile-phone users in the country on Wednesday and follow it minutes later with the fourth nationwide Emergency Alert System test, although a legal challenge has been filed regarding the messages' “presidential" header.

  • October 2, 2018

    After Big Music Bill, 3 Other Copyright Proposals To Watch

    The sweeping Music Modernization Act is getting all the attention since it passed both houses of Congress last month, but there are a raft of other copyright proposals floating around on Capitol Hill. Here are three to know.

  • October 2, 2018

    ​​Gwen Stefani Beats ‘Spark The Fire’ IP Lyric Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out a copyright infringement suit accusing Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams of stealing lyrics for their 2014 song “Spark the Fire” from Stefani’s former hairstylist, ruling that the plaintiff failed to show substantial similarity between the two works.

  • October 2, 2018

    Infowars Sues After PayPal Cut Ties Based On Hate Speech

    Free Speech Systems LLC, the parent company of Infowars, on Monday slapped PayPal Inc. with an unlawful business practice suit in California federal court, accusing the payments processing website of cutting ties with Infowars because of its conservative viewpoints.

  • October 2, 2018

    Open Road Gets More Time To Nail Down Stalking Horse Bid

    Bankrupt film distribution company Open Road Films LLC got permission from a Delaware judge Tuesday to wait another week before submitting auction bidding procedures so it could continue to accept offers from potential stalking horse bidders.

  • October 2, 2018

    Sotheby's Helped Art Dealer Overcharge $1B, Tycoon Says

    Family trusts for Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev sued Sotheby's for more than $380 million in New York federal court Tuesday, alleging that it helped an art dealer overcharge for 38 masterworks, the latest prong in the billionaire's global battle to hold the auction house accountable for "the largest art fraud in history." 

  • October 2, 2018

    NJ City Can't Shake Suit Over Denied Billboard Application

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday gave a sign company another shot to challenge Jersey City’s denial of its plan to erect a billboard, ruling that the lower court judge who backed the city relied on his own conclusions instead of the actual record.

  • October 2, 2018

    Gibson’s Chapter 11 Plan Gets Nod In Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave his nod on Tuesday to musical instruments maker Gibson Brands Inc.’s Chapter 11 plan after a settlement was reached with creditors last month to provide improved recoveries for some and last-minute details were hashed out.

  • October 2, 2018

    In-House Review Is Root Of Sinclair-Tribune Woes: O’Rielly

    Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Tuesday dished heavy criticism upon the Federal Communications Commission’s in-house review process for mergers, which he said is plagued by loopholes that allow proceedings like Sinclair-Tribune to languish and too often cause merging parties to abandon their deals.

  • October 2, 2018

    Comedy Group UCB Tries To Duck Male Comic's Bias Claims

    Improv comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade has urged a New York federal judge to toss a male comic's gender bias suit, saying the man, who was banned following an investigation into rape allegations, has only a "tenuous" connection with the club. 

  • October 2, 2018

    Wolters Kluwer Accused Of Dominating Medical Journals

    Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. was hit with an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday in California federal court that alleges the publisher monopolizes the market for health science periodicals.

  • October 2, 2018

    Texas Judge Blocks Ysleta Pueblo's Appeal In Bingo Battle

    A Texas federal judge has rejected the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo's bid to halt discovery against its governor and a tribal gaming organization in the state's suit accusing the tribe of illegally operating electronic bingo machines, saying there is no need to let the Fifth Circuit weigh in.

  • October 2, 2018

    Ex-Soccer Official Fights $55M Restitution Over Bribes

    A former South American soccer official who's been indicted on bribery charges has shot back against prosecutors' request that he pay more than $55 million in restitution to FIFA and other organizations, telling a New York federal court he should only have to pay a fraction of that, if anything.

  • October 2, 2018

    Qatari Broadcaster Lobs $1B Pirating Claim At Saudi Arabia

    Qatari sports and entertainment network beIN Media Group said it has initiated a $1 billion international arbitration claim against Saudi Arabia, saying the country did nothing to stop "the most widespread piracy of sports broadcasting the world has ever seen.”

  • October 2, 2018

    Don Imus Dodges Warner Wolf's Claims Firing Was Age-Based

    A New York judge has tossed an age discrimination lawsuit against longtime radio personality Don Imus, ruling that sportscaster Warner Wolf, who lives and worked in Florida, can’t bring claims under New York state and New York City human rights laws.

  • October 2, 2018

    Spotify Can't Shake $321M Copyright Row In Tennessee

    A Tennessee federal court has denied Spotify USA Inc.'s bid to toss a $321.3 million case in which the streaming service faces claims that it infringes hundreds of copyrights, saying a copyright administration company has standing to proceed with the matter.

  • October 2, 2018

    FTC Clears $2.8 Billion Casino Merger

    The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to greenlight a multibillion-dollar merger between casino operators Penn National Gaming Inc. and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. contingent on their divestiture of casino properties near St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; and Cincinnati.

  • October 2, 2018

    Davis Polk, Skadden Lead Tencent Music's $1B IPO Filing

    Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, filed an initial public offering on Tuesday that is preliminarily estimated to raise $1 billion, while Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP advised the underwriters, potentially setting up one of the year’s largest IPOs.

  • October 2, 2018

    Spam Text Suit Defendants Want Nationwide Claims Axed

    The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC jointly asked a Florida federal judge Monday to strike the nationwide class claims from a suit accusing the companies of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited advertising and telemarketing text messages using an autodialer.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    EA Victory Over Ex-NFL Players Should Be Reversed

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal judge's recent decision to deny the retired NFL players' motion for class certification in the Electronic Arts right of publicity case not only misconstrues Ninth Circuit law, but also ignores the very nature of a "historic" team, says ​​​​​​​Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Assessing 'Concreteness' Under Spokeo In Northern Illinois

    Alex Egbert

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision left lower courts to flesh out history's and Congress' “important roles” when developing a workable legal standard for deciding whether an intangible injury is sufficiently “concrete.” Not surprisingly, the Northern District of Illinois “concreteness” determinations relying on Congress’ role tend to be ad hoc, say Alex Egbert and Tony Hopp of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Avoiding Legal Pitfalls In Podcast Advertising

    Gonzalo Mon

    So far, the rapidly growing podcast world has been largely immune from complaints, regulatory investigations and lawsuits involving advertisements. This has lulled some advertisers into a false sense of security about the risks of using the medium, say Gonzalo Mon and Ariel Collis of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • China Agritech May Cork Repeat TCPA Class Actions

    Ana Tagvoryan

    In Practice Management Support Services v. Cirque du Soleil, an Illinois federal court recently decertified a putative class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations. The ruling is an indicator that, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in China Agritech v. Resh, courts are starting to rein in abuses of equitable tolling to plug up such interminable class action exposure, say attorneys with Blank Rome LLP.

  • Navigating Counsel Conflicts Of Interest In Bankruptcy

    Claire Wu

    A recent New York federal court ruling in the bankruptcy case of Relativity Media highlights the importance of disqualification of counsel disputes in bankruptcy matters. Attorneys must proceed with care when duties owed to both parties create a conflict of interest, says Claire Wu of SulmeyerKupetz PC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.