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Media & Entertainment

  • May 18, 2018

    Yahoo Settles With Rivals.com Users Over Auto Renewals

    Yahoo Inc. agreed Thursday in California federal court to give cash or a membership credit and up to $300,000 in attorneys’ fees to subscribers of its college-sports site who claim the company has violated state consumer protection laws by automatically renewing their subscriptions without their permission.

  • May 18, 2018

    Del. Justices OK Toss Of $13M Viacom-Redstone Pay Suit

    The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the dismissal Friday of a shareholder derivative suit that accused the directors of Viacom Inc. of engaging in self-dealing by awarding unearned compensation to ailing board member Sumner Redstone despite his lack of involvement with the company.

  • May 18, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Files Bankruptcy Liquidation Case In NY

    Cambridge Analytica LLC, the scandalized political consulting firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday in New York as part of its liquidation announced earlier this month when the company entered similar proceedings in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2018

    Bruce Willis’ $5M Fee Win Reversed By Calif. Court

    Bruce Willis can’t force a film producer to pay a $5 million arbitration award the producer’s company owes the actor, a California appellate court ruled Thursday, finding that because the producer hadn’t signed the film contract personally, he wasn’t required to pay up.

  • May 17, 2018

    Plans For $4B Miami Mega-Mall Advance With Key Approvals

    Plans for the massive American Dream Miami entertainment-retail complex passed key mileposts Thursday as the Miami-Dade County Commission approved land use and zoning applications and a development agreement needed for the $4 billion project to move forward.

  • May 17, 2018

    Debunking 5 Myths Surrounding The Net Neutrality CRA

    Senate Democrats celebrated a breakthrough Wednesday when they won passage of a resolution to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, but the move also prompted questions about the measure's endgame and perpetuated common myths. Here, Law360 debunks five misconceptions surrounding Wednesday’s Senate vote and the current status of net neutrality.

  • May 17, 2018

    EA Says Ex-NFLers' Game Likeness Suit Relies On 'Say-So'

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to end allegations it improperly used retired NFL players’ likenesses in Madden video games, or to at least deny the players’ bid for class certification, saying that after years of discovery, they have no proof their avatars are identifiable “other than their say-so.”

  • May 17, 2018

    FCC's June Meeting Will Address Broadband Subsidy Program

    At its upcoming open commission meeting, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on whether certain rural broadband providers should be eligible for a break on their contributions to the Universal Service Fund, the agency said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Leahy Rips Pai On Net Neutrality, Rural Broadband Coverage

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., tore into FCC chair Ajit Pai Thursday during a subcommittee budget hearing, criticizing his policies and allegedly contemptuous tone while asking him, unsuccessfully, to quantify how much scrapping net neutrality might spur broadband deployment in rural areas.

  • May 17, 2018

    Creditors Slam iHeartMedia For Double-Adviser Request

    Creditors of iHeartMedia on Wednesday urged a Texas bankruptcy court to reject the radio broadcast giant’s request to retain a pair of financial advisers, saying they duplicate each other’s services and their fees may reach an excessive $90 million.

  • May 17, 2018

    Emerson Seeks Peek At Facebook Deal In $30M IP Theft Suit

    Emerson Electric told a skeptical California federal judge Thursday it wants former co-defendant Facebook to disclose its confidential deal to exit BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secret suit, saying any financial settlement could offset the $30 million a jury said it owes BladeRoom.

  • May 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Grills TV Station Protesting FCC Channel Move

    A New York City-area TV station urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend a Federal Communications Commission decision relocating it to a higher broadcast channel number, only to run into heavy static when judges hearing the case suggested the FCC's channel assignment decisions may be entitled to deference.

  • May 17, 2018

    High Court Gambling Decision Conjures Old Trade Tensions

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision giving states a green light to legalize sports gambling raises a slew of implications for foreign companies looking to get a piece of the action and casts new light on a 15-year-old trade case that saw a tiny island nation clash with the mighty U.S. over its gambling restrictions.

  • May 17, 2018

    Firms Score Big Win In NJ Sports Betting Ruling, Attys Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow sports betting in New Jersey signals a jackpot for gambling attorneys in the Garden State and beyond as clients flock to them for help capitalizing on business opportunities arising from this new frontier in gambling and navigating the new laws and regulations bound to follow, a panel of experts said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Conservative Blogger Defeats Fees But Not Ethics Fine Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday held that a conservative activist and blogger who was fighting a $10,000 fine from the Texas Ethics Commission for failing to register as a lobbyist cannot use a state free speech law to dismiss his own administrative appeal of the fine.

  • May 17, 2018

    Live Nation To Partner On Chicago Entertainment Venues

    Sterling Bay said Thursday that Live Nation Entertainment will invest in and co-own up to five entertainment venues in the Chicago commercial real estate investment and development firm’s latest project — a Windy City recreation and event district known as Lincoln Yards.

  • May 17, 2018

    NCAA May Change Gambling-Related Rules

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday said it is suspending its ban on championship games in states that allow sports betting and that it may consider permanent rule changes in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday sports gambling ruling.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Gawker, Thiel End Legal Fight As Ch. 11 Settlement Approved

    The estate of Gawker Media LLC secured bankruptcy court approval Thursday of a settlement with billionaire Peter Thiel that puts to rest mutual threats of legal action with its deep-pocketed and long-term adversary, enabling the defunct news website to market its archive of stories without the threat of Thiel’s involvement.

  • May 17, 2018

    Celebrity Chef Ran Restaurants Like Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A New Jersey couple who invested in a celebrity chef’s now-shuttered New York City restaurant has sued him for allegedly depriving investors of payouts by moving cash into his restaurant group, according to documents folding the suit into bankruptcy proceedings filed in New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Music Licensing Reform Is Singing The Same Old Song

    Thomas Lenard

    The recently introduced Music Modernization Act has received widespread support from most parts of the industry and would be an improvement over the status quo. However, the MMA reinforces many of the long-standing aspects of music licensing that hinder competition, say Thomas Lenard of the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White of the NYU Stern School of Business​​​​​​​.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Stormy Daniels’ Case May Have Fallen Into SLAPP Trap

    Damian Moos

    This week, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed an amended complaint in which he added a defamation cause of action against President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. But it appears that Cohen has a strong basis to pursue an anti-SLAPP special motion to strike, say Damian Moos and Kandice Kim of Best Best & Krieger LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • 5Pointz Ruling Explores 'Moral Rights' Copyright Damages

    Xiyin Tang

    Controversially, the recent 5Pointz litigation has established that graffiti art is protected by the Visual Artists Rights Act, despite its inherent ephemerality. However, ultimately the case might be remembered less for VARA and more for the picture it paints of a city undergoing inevitable gentrification, says Xiyin Tang of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Regulation Of Sports Gambling Will Decide Esports' Fate

    David Lisko

    Esports is going to have a major impact on traditional sports, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming sports gambling holding in NCAA v. Christie is going to have a major impact on esports, say Holland & Knight LLP attorney David Lisko and law student Viktor Lyusi.