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Media & Entertainment

  • June 12, 2018

    DirecTV User Fights Arbitration Bid In Billing Privacy Suit

    A former DirecTV and CenturyLink subscriber fought Monday to keep his proposed class action accusing the companies of breaching customers' privacy in federal court, arguing that arbitration clauses in his customer agreements weren't enforceable.

  • June 12, 2018

    Antitrust Chief Defends Sticking To Consumer Welfare Focus

    Shortly before a D.C. federal judge cleared AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner, the U.S. Department of Justice’s top antitrust official on Tuesday said in Washington, D.C., that consumer welfare will continue to be the cornerstone of DOJ antitrust enforcement, rejecting calls to expand the Antitrust Division’s goals to include concerns over democratic market structures or other social benefits.

  • June 12, 2018

    Yahoo Hit With £250K Fine Over 2014 Data Breach

    Britain's data protection watchdog said Tuesday that it has fined Yahoo £250,000 ($334,000) for security lapses that were exploited in a 2014 data breach that exposed the personal data of around 500 million account holders worldwide, days after Yahoo's lead European regulator said the internet company flouted EU law in how it handled the episode.

  • June 12, 2018

    Pa. Atty Suspended After Guilty Plea In Gambling Scheme

    A Pennsylvania attorney has agreed to a suspension of his law license following a guilty plea last year on misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations that he aided a state lawmaker to support an Allegheny County illegal gambling ring.

  • June 12, 2018

    Fyre Festival Investor Can Pursue $3M Claim Amid Ch. 7

    A New York bankruptcy judge has agreed to let an investor for the doomed Fyre Festival pursue a $3 million claim against the company and its organizers while the beleaguered concert operation goes through liquidation.

  • June 12, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Merger Cleared, DOJ Warned Against Stay

    AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner in a major transformation of the pay-TV landscape, a D.C. federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting U.S. Department of Justice efforts to block the merger and warning that blocking it pending appeal would be an “injustice.”

  • June 11, 2018

    Sirius, SoundExchange Strike $150M Deal In Royalties Fight

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. agreed to pay music royalty collector SoundExchange Inc. $150 million for both companies to walk away from litigation over whether the satellite radio purveyor shorted the licensor on royalties for recordings from 2007 to the end of last year, SoundExchange said Monday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Netflix Rejects Claims That Exec Bonuses Hurt Shareholders

    Netflix Inc. asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a shareholder suit accusing the streaming service of misclassifying executives’ “exorbitant” bonuses for tax purposes, saying the shareholder failed to either notify Netflix’s board before suing or prove the board couldn’t fairly handle the issue.

  • June 11, 2018

    NJ Sports Betting Bill Now Law After High Court Victory

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed legislation to permit sports betting at casinos and racetracks, putting the finishing touch on a yearslong legal battle that led last month to a U.S. Supreme Court decision authorizing such gambling in the Garden State.

  • June 11, 2018

    StubHub Can't Shake Suit Over Hidden Ticket Fees

    A San Francisco judge said Monday that StubHub can’t escape a proposed class action alleging the live entertainment ticket vendor hides fees from customers until checkout, finding there were enough factual questions to get the lead plaintiff “past the pleading hurdle,” but adding that “it may not get her past any other hurdle.”

  • June 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: TPG, Stryker, Fortum

    TPG reportedly wants $1.5 billion for a fund aimed at betting on technology companies putting off going public, Stryker Corp. offered to take over Boston Scientific, and the European Commision is set to approve Fortum’s bid to buy a 46.65 percent stake in Uniper

  • June 11, 2018

    Globe Drops Suit Against Ex-Staffer Who Made #MeToo Claim

    The Boston Globe LLC dropped its lawsuit in Massachusetts state court Monday seeking information from a former staffer who publicly claimed the newspaper’s editor sent her a sexually suggestive text message after the woman acknowledged their past relationship and said she wasn’t certain the message came during her employment.

  • June 11, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Slips $10M NY Film Financing Fraud Suit

    An investor who accused Greenberg Traurig LLP of fraud in a film financing deal gone bad had his claims rejected by a New York state judge on Monday, with the judge saying the investor’s lack of an attorney-client relationship with the firm cut against him.

  • June 11, 2018

    Justices Won't Weigh Rest Break Pay, Pfizer Unit Bias Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the Third Circuit's ruling that workers must be paid for breaks of 20 minutes or less under the Fair Labor Standards Act, while also turning away an appeal of a Fifth Circuit ruling in a bias suit against a Pfizer unit.

  • June 11, 2018

    Winston & Strawn Accused Of Conflict In Relativity Ch. 11

    Winston & Strawn LLP is facing heat for an alleged conflict of loyalties after agreeing to represent foundering production company Relativity Media LLC as it rushed into bankruptcy to head off a contract dispute with Netflix, despite representing the streaming entertainment service in separate patent litigation.

  • June 11, 2018

    Telecoms Float Solution To $3.3B FCC Spectrum Credit Row

    Two telecom companies denied some $3.3 billion in credits for spectrum licenses reserved for small businesses have urged the Federal Communications Commission to take another look at their request, arguing their revised operating agreements create more space from DISH Network Corp.

  • June 11, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Gets Green Light For Atty Malpractice Deal

    A New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Monday agreed to dismiss the case of a once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" so that she and her Chapter 7 trustee can complete a confidential settlement in their malpractice action against her former lawyer in state court.

  • June 11, 2018

    Cohen Can't Seal Objections To Privilege Report, Says Judge

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime attorney, can’t keep out of public view his attorney-client arguments related to an impending special master privilege report on a trove of documents seized in FBI raids, a New York federal judge said Friday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Hendrix Judge 'Dismayed' By Conduct In Purple Haze TM Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday warned that he was "dismayed" by a discovery dispute in a trademark suit between Jimi Hendrix's estate and the late rock star's brother, ordering both sides to discuss their behavior in court.

  • June 11, 2018

    LeBron James Denies Role In 'Shop' Show In TM Dispute

    NBA star LeBron James and his business partner asked a Michigan federal court on Friday to toss claims that they ripped off a Detroit barbershop talk show with a similar web series called "The Shop" by James' production company, arguing the court lacked personal jurisdiction over the two.

Expert Analysis

  • Cosby’s Conviction And How #MeToo Is Affecting Legal Cases

    Ross Kramer

    Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Thursday demonstrates how the #MeToo movement is having a profound impact on the legal landscape. The stark contrast between Cosby's first trial in June 2017 and his retrial in April 2018 is a perfect case in point, say Ross Kramer and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Companies Can’t Afford To Ignore Accessibility

    John Capobianco

    Last year saw the fifth consecutive year of growth in the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Given the financial and reputational costs of such litigation, business owners and operators would be wise to evaluate current practices regarding accessibility and accessible services for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, says John Capobianco of VITAC Corporation.

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • A Closer Look At NCAA's 'Dancing With The Stars' Decision

    Ronald Katz

    Although many people may disagree with the NCAA's decision to permit college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale to participate in the popular television program "Dancing With the Stars," it is consistent with NCAA bylaws — for four reasons, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.