Media & Entertainment

  • March 7, 2018

    YouTube Dodges Zombie Video Makers' Contract Suit

    YouTube escaped a suit brought by the creative minds behind zombie-killing videos who said an algorithm switch that led to declining ad revenue constituted a breach of contract, after a California federal judge found Wednesday that YouTube was explicit about its terms with the content providers.

  • March 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Asks Ind. Justices For Help In Fantasy NCAA Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday asked Indiana’s high court to weigh in on whether the state's right-of-publicity law gives NCAA athletes standing to challenge fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel for using their likenesses and statistics in their contests, saying case law interpreting the statute doesn’t answer that question.

  • March 7, 2018

    AT&T's DirecTV Latin America Business Files US IPO

    AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV Latin America unit Vrio Corp. filed an initial public offering on Wednesday that is preliminarily listed to raise $100 million and could potentially lead to a spinoff from the U.S. telecommunications giant, adding to several notable IPOs filling the pipeline.

  • March 7, 2018

    Justices Urged To OK New Rulings Making Alice Wins Harder

    The owner of streaming media patents found invalid for claiming abstract ideas in a case against pro sports leagues has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the decision and endorse new Federal Circuit rulings that make it more difficult to invalidate patents as abstract early in cases.

  • March 7, 2018

    FCC Rejects Challenge To DirecTV Satellite License

    The Federal Communications Commission has upheld its International Bureau's decision to grant DirecTV a satellite operating license that crowded out a subsequent application for a nearby satellite, according to an agency order unsealed Tuesday.

  • March 7, 2018

    Yelp Wins $2M Judgment Against Online Review Co. Revleap

    A California federal court has entered a $2 million judgment in Yelp's favor, ruling online review company Revleap had violated a settlement agreement of a Yelp suit alleging Revleap had undermined it by publishing fake positive reviews.

  • March 7, 2018

    Semiconductor Co. Pays $428M For Infineon Unit

    Cree Inc., a semiconductor company whose products are used for electric cars, power supplies and fast charging, acquired the radio-frequency power business of German rival Infineon Technologies AG for around €345 million ($428 million), the companies said Tuesday.

  • March 7, 2018

    FCC's Broadband Maps Obscure Reality Of National Coverage

    As the Federal Communications Commission advances its efforts to close the so-called digital divide, broadband coverage maps have emerged as a critical tool for charting which areas still lack adequate service, but some worry the government’s mapping efforts don’t go far enough.

  • March 7, 2018

    Okla. Tribe Denied 10th Circ. Rehearing In $27M Tax Ruling

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday declined to revisit its decision to vacate an arbitration decision that had exempted the Citizen Potawatomi Nation from $27 million in alcohol sales taxes after the tribe had said the court wrongly struck down an arbitration provision in its gambling compact with Oklahoma.

  • March 7, 2018

    CookieCon Accuses Event Cos. Of Biting Into Its Trademark

    The founders behind popular cookie baking and decorating convention CookieCon leveled a lawsuit Wednesday in Utah federal court against the organizers of LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show!, claiming the competing California-based operation infringes their trademark.

  • March 6, 2018

    Hedge Fund Says Rival Is Misusing Media Co. For Profit

    Solus Alternative Asset Management LP hit the parent company of Digital First Media Inc. and MediaNews Group Inc. with a books and records suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Monday, accusing majority shareholder and much-maligned “vulture fund” Alden Global Capital LLC of secretively reshaping the newspaper conglomerate for its sole benefit.

  • March 6, 2018

    Fyre Festival Organizer Cops To Fraud, Faces 10 Years

    The 26-year-old entrepreneur whose plans for a music festival in the Bahamas crashed and burned pled guilty to two counts of fraud in New York federal court Tuesday as part of a plea deal that could land him behind bars for eight to 10 years.

  • March 6, 2018

    Feds Say Extortion Case Dead Unless Judge Alters Jury Plan

    Federal prosecutors told a Massachusetts judge on Tuesday that he torpedoed their extortion case against two Boston mayoral aides last week in a ruling requiring them to prove what they admittedly cannot.

  • March 6, 2018

    Calif. High Court Weighs Online Privacy, Criminal Defense

    Two criminal defendants accused of murder told the California Supreme Court at a hearing Tuesday they should be able to mine the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts of a victim and a witness in their case for exculpatory evidence, arguing the Stored Communications Act's privacy protections shouldn’t trump their constitutional rights.

  • March 6, 2018

    ‘Hannah Montana’ Creators Lose Bonus-Fee Claims Appeal

    A California appellate panel on Monday rejected a bid by two creators of the Walt Disney Co. television show “Hannah Montana” to revive claims that the show’s production companies withheld bonus fees, finding an arbitrator did not unfairly omit evidence.

  • March 6, 2018

    Stormy Daniels Sues Trump, Says Hush Contract Is Void

    Adult film actress Stormy Daniels accused President Donald Trump of holding her to a confidentiality agreement he never even bothered to sign and which he and his lawyer have already broken anyway, according to a suit in California state court Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    France Signals Possible Google, Facebook Antitrust Probes

    France’s competition watchdog on Tuesday closed out a preliminary probe into online advertising with findings focused on Facebook and Google’s market dominance, setting up the possibility for more thorough antitrust investigations, particularly into the two internet giants.

  • March 6, 2018

    Three, Vodafone Hit With UK Net Neutrality Violation Probe

    The United Kingdom’s telecom regulator is investigating Hutchison 3G UK Ltd. and Vodafone Ltd. for potential violations of the European Union’s new net neutrality regulations against throttling and other data practices, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    1st Circ. Considers Fitting Defamation Rules To Internet Age

    A brokerage firm’s dispute with a financial news website and its anonymously sourced articles could lead to new guidance on legal jurisdictions appropriate for allegations of libelous subscription content distributed online, First Circuit judges indicated on Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Forum Owner Sues Calif. City Over New, Rival Clippers Arena

    The owner of historic concert venue The Forum sued the city of Inglewood, California, and its mayor in state court Monday, accusing them and other agencies of tricking The Forum's owner into handing over a plot of land they then devoted to a competing arena for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Expert Analysis

  • Martin Luther King Jr. And Copyright: 5 Things To Know

    David Kluft

    Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, marking what would have been the 89th birthday of the great civil rights leader and Baptist minister. Although copyright is not — and should not be — the first thing that comes to mind when we think of King, his legacy's impact on copyright law ought to be somewhere on the list, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Global Perspectives On High Court Microsoft Warrant Case

    Heather Sussman

    Several foreign governments and other international authorities recently weighed in on the Microsoft overseas-data case. The amicus briefs underscore the important implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision for global data transfers and international users’ privacy, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Fed. Circ. ​Ruling May Trigger New Wave Of TM Applications

    Perry Viscounty

    Following the Federal Circuit’s recent Brunetti decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should no longer reject trademark applications on the grounds that they are immoral, scandalous or disparaging, which opens up registration to a diverse range of applicants whose marks were previously precluded by the Lanham Act, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.