Media & Entertainment

  • February 8, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won’t Put Media Ownership Deregulation On Hold

    The Third Circuit refused to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s order lifting broadcast media ownership rules from taking effect Wednesday amid a challenge from media groups, holding that the groups had not “satisfied the exacting standard” for a stay of the agency’s action.

  • February 8, 2018

    5th Circ. Says Chinese Co. Must Pay Up In $102M Piracy Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Texas district court decision to dismiss a suit filed by Chinese company Gotech seeking relief from a $102 million judgment awarded to Sweden-based Nagravision for allegedly selling set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections, saying Gotech failed to prove that the judgment was void.

  • February 8, 2018

    ‘In The Heights’ Actress Sues Virgin Over Flight Video Clip

    A voice-over actress who played a role in the Tony award-winning musical “In the Heights” hit Virgin America with a copyright infringement suit Wednesday in California federal court, claiming the airline used a rap she created in a viral airplane safety video without her permission.

  • February 8, 2018

    Gov’t Not A Music Royalty ‘Central Planner,’ DC Circ. Told

    Royalty collector SoundExchange Inc. urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend the federal Copyright Royalty Board's digital streaming music rates, arguing the board impermissibly based the too-low rates on a fictional marketplace and according to Congress should not be a “central planner” for royalties.

  • February 8, 2018

    House Dems Tout Infrastructure Plan Amid Budget Wrangling

    House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a broad proposal to invest $1 trillion into infrastructure, just as Congress negotiates a two-year budget deal that may include $20 billion for water, broadband, energy, capital projects and surface transportation programs. 

  • February 8, 2018

    Fox News Slams Ex-Host's New Cyberstalking Complaint

    Fox News hit back Wednesday at a former host who says the network cyberstalked her after she complained about sexual harassment, saying accusations added in a new complaint she filed last week don’t support her legal claims.

  • February 8, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Ignored Claims Of Steve Wynn Misconduct: Suit

    Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has been hit with a shareholder suit claiming the company and its board of directors breached their fiduciary duties and exposed shareholders to damages by ignoring decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

  • February 8, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The beginning of 2018 saw only a light flurry of lobbying filings at the FCC but no shortage of interest in hot topics, including a revamp of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system and ways to crack down on contraband cellphones in prisons.

  • February 8, 2018

    Disney Says It’s Not Liable For Blinding By Toy It Didn't Make

    Disney's merchandising unit asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to be removed from a lawsuit brought by a man who said he was partially blinded by the broken wing of a flying Tinkerbell doll because the company had nothing to do with making the toy.

  • February 8, 2018

    Ogletree Deakins Adds 2 Attys From Putney Twombly

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has announced it has expanded its presence in New York City with the addition of two new shareholders, both of whom have come over from Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP.

  • February 7, 2018

    Firms At Odds Over $22.5M In Fox News Settlement Fees

    A rare public fight has broken out among co-counsel as attorneys for Fox News shareholders traded blows over $22.5 million in proposed attorneys’ fees, their cut of a $90 million settlement to end Delaware Chancery claims triggered by the network’s workplace harassment saga.

  • February 7, 2018

    1st Circ. Weighs Insuring Cosby Statements Against Accusers

    First Circuit judges in Boston on Wednesday considered whether an AIG insurer should have to help Bill Cosby fight lawsuits from women who say he defamed them after they accused him of sexual abuse.

  • February 7, 2018

    Clyburn Calls Out FCC For Alleged Anti-Competitive Bent

    Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn lashed out against the Federal Communications Commission's current approach to measuring and encouraging a competitive media environment on Wednesday, saying the FCC's competition policy "needs a makeover.”

  • February 7, 2018

    Pa. Defends Gambling Expansion, Seeks Toss Of Casino Suit

    The Pennsylvania attorney general asked a federal judge Tuesday to toss Penn National Gaming Inc.'s lawsuit alleging the casino operator would be uniquely harmed by the state’s recent gambling expansion measure to the tune of $34 million a year in lost revenue.

  • February 7, 2018

    Johnny Mathis Must Face Paralyzed Window Washer’s Suit

    A worker left paralyzed after falling off singer Johnny Mathis’ roof has been given a second chance at suing the celebrity, as a California appellate court on Tuesday found enough evidence for a jury to consider whether the 2012 fall occurred because of dangerous conditions or the worker’s carelessness.

  • February 7, 2018

    FCC Chief Praises Legislation To Speed 911 Connections

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation that will require multiline telephone systems to allow users to call 911 without first entering a dial-out code.

  • February 7, 2018

    Mass. Gaming Regulator Says Wynn's Exit Won't Halt Probe

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Wednesday it will “aggressively” continue investigating why a $7.5 million settlement paid to a Wynn Resorts employee alleging Steve Wynn forced her to have sex was not divulged when a subsidiary sought a license for a $2.4 billion casino resort, regardless of the founder's resignation.

  • February 7, 2018

    Vistaprint Settles Gay Couple’s Suit Over Preachy Switcheroo

    Vistaprint on Wednesday resolved a recently married Australian gay couple’s lawsuit after it said it accidentally swapped their order of wedding programs with a pamphlet warning that “Satan entices your flesh with evil desires,” apologizing and promising to donate to LGBTQ groups.

  • February 7, 2018

    Models Say Fla. Strip Club Ripped Off Their Likenesses

    Three models, including two former Playboy Playmates, are seeking several million dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed in Florida state court against Tampa strip club Deja Vu for its alleged use of pirated images of them to promote its business.

  • February 7, 2018

    Texas Tribe Looks To Halt E-Bingo Order Pending Appeal

    The Alabama-Coushatta tribe on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to hold off on enforcing an order likely barring the tribe from operating electronic bingo games while it appeals, saying it would otherwise have to close its electronic bingo center and force hundreds out of work.

Expert Analysis

  • Net Neutrality Rollback Raises Significant Questions

    Lauren Coppola

    The Restoring Internet Freedom order leaves much to be desired in terms of clarity, particularly in presenting sound legal principles that govern claims against internet service providers. No question is more important than who is going to protect businesses and consumers, says Lauren Coppola of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and racetracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.