Media & Entertainment

  • October 5, 2017

    Meat Loaf Stole 'I’d Do Anything For Love' Song, Suit Says

    Meat Loaf was slapped with a copyright infringement suit in California federal court Wednesday claiming his hit “I’d Do Anything For Love” was stolen more than 24 years ago, likely through the attorney who concurrently represented the rocker’s songwriter and the alleged song composer.

  • October 5, 2017

    Can Louis Vuitton® Not Take A Joke?

    Louis Vuitton Malletier SA made news this week at the U.S. Supreme Court with a high-profile case over parody bags, but that’s nothing new: Over the past decade, the designer has been at the center of an unusually high number of similar lawsuits over joking references to its products.

  • October 5, 2017

    Twitter's User Metrics Set Off #Legal Storm With Investors

    Twitter and its investors squared off before a California federal judge Thursday over the latter's allegations that the social network and two of its executives misled them about its user metrics to boost its stock, with the company arguing that the alleged misrepresentations are hearsay or nonactionable statistics that were “reversed engineered.”

  • October 5, 2017

    Calif. Court Illegally Delays Document Access, 9th Circ. Told

    A California state court violated Courthouse News Service’s First Amendment right to access public judicial proceedings by failing to provide same-day availability of new complaints, the newswire has alleged in an appeal urging the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court’s endorsement of the withholdings in the name of privacy.

  • October 5, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bain Capital, Unilever, SeaWorld

    Bain Capital plans to list the multibillion-dollar memory business it recently bought from Toshiba, a number of private equity suitors are vying for Unilever's margarine and spreads business, and Merlin Entertainments is considering an acquisition of SeaWorld, worth a little more than $6 billion.

  • October 5, 2017

    Open Internet Groups Target Dems Over Yes Votes For Pai

    The four Democratic senators who voted this week to reconfirm Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission were labeled “Team Cable” on Wednesday by net neutrality advocacy groups and threatened with billboards informing constituents of their “vote against the internet.”

  • October 5, 2017

    BIA Floats Rule Changes For Tribal Land-Into-Trust Bids

    The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs sent a letter to Native American tribal leaders Wednesday that laid out proposed changes to the process tribes must follow to request that the federal government take their land into trust, including provisions that could make it harder for tribes to launch off-reservation casinos.

  • October 5, 2017

    Why NFL Anthem Protests Aren't Getting Players Sacked

    Two weeks have passed since President Donald Trump suggested that players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, but no one has been. For a host of legal and practical reasons, that’s not likely to change as the protests continue, experts say.

  • October 5, 2017

    Harvey Weinstein To Sue NY Times Over Harassment Story

    A New York Times story accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of a history of sexual harassment on Thursday prompted one lawyer for the Hollywood mogul to say he’ll file a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, even as Weinstein apologized, saying he’s asked another lawyer to “tutor” him on behavioral changes.

  • October 5, 2017

    Rakoff Sets February Date For DMX Tax Fraud Trial

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Friday agreed to a February 2018 date for the New York federal tax fraud trial of rapper DMX, but warned attorneys at both tables that the date, which is months later than the judge had planned, "will not move."

  • October 5, 2017

    PE CEO's Appeal Left Hanging By Final Judgment Delay

    A New York federal judge on Thursday declined to issue a final judgment in the $5.7 million employee defamation verdict against private equity CEO Benjamin Wey, saying a pending breach of contract claim overlaps the defamation claim, creating a risk of piecemeal appeals.

  • October 5, 2017

    Ex-NFLers' Publicity Claim Can't Be Revived, EA Says

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to reject a bid by retired NFL players to revive a state publicity claim in their putative class action alleging the game maker improperly used their likenesses in Madden video games, arguing the players haven’t presented any new arguments.

  • October 5, 2017

    Publisher Can't Duck $10M Yiannopoulos Book Deal Row

    A New York state judge Thursday refused to shoot down a $10 million lawsuit by Milo Yiannopoulos accusing his former publisher of breaching its contract obligations, finding that the controversial conservative commentator’s silence following the termination of his book deal didn’t doom his right to sue.

  • October 5, 2017

    Facebook Dad Faces Big Fine Over Failed Copyright Suits

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man who live-streamed his son’s birth on Facebook to repay $120,000 in legal bills to several media outlets he sued for using it, saying he likely made enough money from settlements in other suits to pay the fine.

  • October 4, 2017

    Facebook Shareholder's Suit Over Video Metrics Error Tossed

    A California federal judge dismissed a putative class action brought against Facebook Inc. by an investor who claims that the social media giant’s misleading comments artificially inflated stock prices, ruling that the shareholder failed to show that the comments were intentionally misleading.

  • October 4, 2017

    JPML Rebuffs Blue Spike’s Bid To Centralize 9 IP Lawsuits

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected efforts by technology company Blue Spike LLC to centralize in Texas nine patent lawsuits, saying Wednesday it wasn’t persuaded there was enough commonality in the cases to make centralization beneficial or necessary.

  • October 4, 2017

    Magic Mountain Workers Cling To Cert. Bid In Wage Row

    A California judge issued a tentative decision Wednesday refusing to certify eight subclasses of Six Flag Magic Mountain workers alleging a litany of labor law violations, but suggesting she would still consider certifying several subclasses on various pay claims.

  • October 4, 2017

    LinkedIn Asks 9th Circ. To Stop Startup's Info Scraping

    LinkedIn Corp. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to nix a lower court’s preliminary injunction allowing a startup to scrape information from the networking site's public profiles, arguing antitrust laws don’t require it to give another company a “free ride” on its work, and that doing so would violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • October 4, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms $2M Default Judgment In Pageant TM Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday backed a Florida federal judge's refusal to set aside a $2 million default judgment in a trademark infringement suit against the former Texas director of the Miss Latin America of the World beauty pageant.

  • October 4, 2017

    National Events Probes Will Proceed With $280K DIP Approval

    The bankruptcy of defunct ticket reseller and possible Ponzi scheme vehicle National Events has entered a wait-and-see mode after a New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a final $280,000 loan that will fund dueling investigations into possible causes of action.

Expert Analysis

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Venturing Into The Land Of Location Data Collection

    Sheila Pham

    As mobile apps become more customizable to users’ experiences and locations, the data provided and potentially obtained through those customizations become more specific and personal. However, where technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, the law often follows far behind, say Sheila Pham and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.