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Media & Entertainment

  • November 30, 2018

    Ex-Tinder Worker Swipes Left On Arbitrating Harassment Suit

    A former Tinder employee who accused the dating app company of sexual harassment and retaliation asked a California federal judge Friday to keep her lawsuit in court, arguing that she's not bound by an arbitration agreement she signed almost six months after she first reported her claims to human resources.

  • November 30, 2018

    Brand Battles: Brewery Says 'Team 6' Isn't Like Navy SEALs

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a brewery fights for a "Team 6" trademark after an examiner claims a link to a famous team of Navy SEALs, the Washington Nationals pick a fight with Starwood Hotels over "W," and Warner Bros. teams up with WhatsApp to block a reference to Bugs Bunny's famous catchphrase.

  • November 30, 2018

    Split Fed. Circ. Affirms Time Warner's $140M IP Loss To Sprint

    A split Federal Circuit has upheld a Kansas jury's $140 million verdict that found Time Warner Cable's internet voice service infringed five of Sprint's patents, while a judge said in a dissent that the case involves a "remarkable mismatch between the narrow patent disclosures and the exceedingly broad claims."

  • November 30, 2018

    3rd Circ. Upholds Rent Recoupment Plan In Casino Ch. 11

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday upheld a nightclub and beach club owner’s lease agreement with the new owners of a casino that filed for Chapter 11, ruling that the Bankruptcy Code and the doctrine of equitable recoupment entitle the owner to reduce his rent obligation in keeping with the lease agreement he held with the casino.

  • November 30, 2018

    Investor Challenges Lions Gate’s $92.5M Starz Stock Suit Deal

    Two former Starz Entertainment LLC shareholder entities say that a proposed $92.5 million settlement in Delaware Chancery Court litigation over Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s $4.4 billion acquisition of the former company doesn’t fairly distribute the funds and includes problematic terminology. 

  • November 30, 2018

    Astenbeck Capital Founder Wins $465K In Art Fraud Trial

    A New Hampshire federal jury on Thursday found a former art professor at Franklin Pierce University and her son conspired to sell the multimillionaire founder of Astenbeck Capital 17 forged paintings they claimed to be made by postwar artist Leon Golub and awarded the art collector $465,000.

  • November 30, 2018

    Ticketmaster Collusion Claims Could Spur Federal Regulation

    High prices and fees for tickets to popular sports and entertainment events have long drawn complaints from consumers, but recent allegations that Ticketmaster is monopolizing the secondary market have shined a light on the anti-competitive practices experts say are plaguing the industry and may prompt federal regulators to get involved.

  • November 29, 2018

    LL Cool J Sues Concert Promoter Over Use Of 'Rock The Bells'

    LL Cool J slapped a California concert promoter with a federal trademark infringement suit Tuesday, accusing the entertainment company of using the name of one of the hip hop mogul’s most famous songs without his permission.

  • November 29, 2018

    7th Circ. Avoids DFS Legality, Ends Publicity Rights Suit

    The Seventh Circuit declined Thursday to determine whether daily fantasy sports violated Indiana criminal law, putting an end to a proposed class action of college athletes seeking to stop DraftKings and FanDuel from using their names, likenesses and statistics without permission.

  • November 29, 2018

    Tech Giants Off Hook In Woman's France Terror Attack Claims

    A California federal judge Thursday tossed a suit that had tried to hold Twitter, Facebook and Google liable for the deaths of a Texas woman's husband and son in a terror attack by the Islamic State group in Nice, France, citing a recent Ninth Circuit ruling and several similar dismissals.

  • November 29, 2018

    The Weinstein Co.'s Contract Issues Proposed For Mediation

    Disputes over the status of film contracts between The Weinstein Co. and actors, producers and directors may be headed to mediation after a Delaware bankruptcy judge encouraged the parties to explore that option Thursday.

  • November 29, 2018

    SEC Says Mayweather, DJ Khaled Illegally Plugged ICOs

    Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and musician and media personality DJ Khaled will pay over $750,000 in penalties for endorsing initial coin offerings to their online fans without disclosing that they were paid for the plugs, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

  • November 29, 2018

    Airwave Gap Manager Still Making Dangerous Errors: NAB

    The National Association of Broadcasters doubled down Thursday on its argument that the operator of a database responsible for directing unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the airwaves should have its position revoked, saying the system is still returning inaccurate information which increases the risk of broadcast interference.

  • November 29, 2018

    Relativity Media To Beef Up Liquidation Plan Disclosures

    Relativity Media LLC said Thursday it will address a number of bankruptcy court concerns regarding the disclosure materials for its Chapter 11 liquidation plan, putting the defunct studio on course to begin soliciting creditor votes on its proposed wind-down process in the coming days.

  • November 29, 2018

    Glaser Weil Gains New IP Partner From McKool Smith

    Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP in the Los Angeles area has taken on a new partner, a veteran litigator and principal from McKool Smith Hennigan PC whose recent Ninth Circuit win against CBS bolstered his transition to chairman of Glaser Weil's intellectual property department.

  • November 29, 2018

    'White Space' Revamp For Broadband Too Slow, Sens. Say

    Two Republican senators have teamed up to push the Federal Communications Commission to pick up the pace in finalizing proceedings that would allow for expanded use of "white spaces," or the spaces left between television stations on the spectrum, for broadband, which they say would allow for wider availability in rural and tribal areas.

  • November 29, 2018

    Attys In $35M Facebook IPO Deal Get $14M In Fees, Costs

    Attorneys who negotiated a $35 million settlement with Facebook Inc. to resolve a consolidated securities class action alleging the social media giant misrepresented revenue projections ahead of its 2012 initial public offering will get almost $14 million in fees and costs, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • November 29, 2018

    CrossFit Rival Drops Defamation Suit, Citing Discovery Costs

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association moved to voluntarily withdraw its defamation suit against competitor CrossFit Inc. on Thursday in California state court, citing the "unusual and extraordinary" expenses caused by an order that forced the organization to hire a forensic accounting firm in the wake of several discovery violations.

  • November 28, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Allows Newspaper Access To Warrants

    A Florida appeals court handed The Palm Beach Post a win Wednesday when it affirmed a decision making public information that was previously redacted from search warrants, ruling that the state had failed to show that hiding surveillance techniques from the public was a compelling governmental interest.

  • November 28, 2018

    Daniels Says Avenatti Filed Trump Suit Against Her Will

    Adult film actress Stormy Daniels told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that her attorney Michael Avenatti filed her defamation suit against President Donald Trump against her wishes and is keeping her in the dark about an online fundraiser he set up to fund her legal defense.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Video Games Are Cheated Out Of 1st Amendment Rights

    Michael Garfinkel

    ​As the recent Olivia de Havilland v. FX decision confirmed, expressive artistic works like the "Feud" miniseries are entitled to broad First Amendment protection. But what if "Feud" were a video game in which players controlled the battles between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford?​ In right of publicity case law, video games are treated as second-class citizens, says Michael Garfinkel of DLA Piper.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • Athlete Activism Is Changing Partnerships With Brands

    Michael Rueda

    Morals clauses are common in endorsement deals but are typically in favor of the brand. Given today's socially aware environment, athletes should negotiate to protect their personal brands from the negative reputational impact that could result from actions by their commercial partners, say Michael Rueda and Gregory Pun of Withers LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.