Media & Entertainment

  • December 6, 2017

    Internet Association Asks FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Vote

    The Internet Association, a trade group representing some of world’s largest online companies including Google and Facebook, urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to delay or vote against a planned rollback of net neutrality protections later this month.

  • December 6, 2017

    New Bill Would Carve Sex Harassment From Arbitration Pacts

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — accompanied by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson — introduced legislation Wednesday to prevent businesses from enforcing mandatory arbitration agreements in instances where employees allege workplace sexual harassment or gender bias.

  • December 6, 2017

    Tribes Want Burial Grounds Suit Paused For Deal Talks

    The Muscogee Creek Nation told an Alabama federal judge Tuesday that it is in talks with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to settle a suit accusing the latter of obtaining sacred tribal burial grounds under false pretenses.

  • December 5, 2017

    Terry Crews Sues Agent For Sexual Harassment

    Actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews on Tuesday accused Hollywood agent Adam Venit of sexual assault, saying in a California state court suit that the power broker acted like a “rabid dog” at a party and that his agency fosters an environment that keeps predators safe.

  • December 5, 2017

    EU Regulators Demand Action On 'Privacy Shield' Issues

    Europe’s data protection authorities on Tuesday warned that they would move to strike down the trans-Atlantic Privacy Shield data transfer pact if officials don’t act within the next year to address several “significant concerns,” including a lack of clear guidance on consumers' redress rights and insufficient U.S. surveillance guarantees.

  • December 5, 2017

    FBI Nat'l Security Letters Grounded In Constitution: DOJ

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday not to rehear a decision ending a constitutional challenge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of national security letters that bar service providers from telling users about government requests for their data, saying it’s grounded in the U.S. Constitution.

  • December 5, 2017

    Trump Can't Cite Duties To Slip Defamation Suit: Accuser

    Summer Zervos, the former “Apprentice” contestant who sued President Donald Trump for defamation after he said her sexual misconduct claims were lies, sought to swat aside protests that his work was too important for him to be sued by telling a New York state judge on Tuesday that no one was above the law.

  • December 5, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says PTAB Wrongly Upheld Patent In Netflix Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board should have invalidated even more claims of a patent for switching a software session from one network-enabled device to another, in a win for challengers, including Netflix and Hulu.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss Asked About Bribe Money, Jury Hears

    The former president of the Brazilian soccer federation asked the founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group to check on when he would receive apparent bribe payments related to the sale of marketing rights for certain years of the Copa do Brasil tournament, the Traffic founder testified Tuesday in the ongoing FIFA corruption case in Brooklyn.

  • December 5, 2017

    AT&T Rips DOJ's Proposed Start Date For Time Warner Trial

    AT&T told a D.C. district court Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed start date for a trial in the challenge of its deal to purchase Time Warner is too far off and that its examples of similar cases miss the mark.

  • December 5, 2017

    Broadway Producers Accuse Casting Cos. Of Cartel

    A trade association for the Broadway theater industry on Tuesday sued several casting companies and the Teamsters union in New York federal court, accusing them of forming a “casting cartel” in order to fix prices for casting services and make collective demands.

  • December 5, 2017

    Wis. Tribe Seeks Quick Win In Gambling Compact Spat

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community on Monday asked a D.C. federal judge to vacate a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision rejecting an amendment to the tribe’s state gambling compact, arguing that the ruling was based largely on the incorrect conclusion that the proposal imposed payment obligations on a rival tribe.

  • December 5, 2017

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    November infused new energy into already-active FCC dockets, bringing another wave of net neutrality filings as the commission scheduled a vote to reverse the Obama-era protections and released a draft of the proposed item. But the most prolific lobbyists also weighed in on such high-profile issues as Lifeline subsidy changes and copper network retirement.

  • December 5, 2017

    BuzzFeed Wants To See FBI Declaration In Trump Dossier Tiff

    BuzzFeed on Monday asked a D.C. federal judge to force the FBI to make public a secret declaration the agency filed to prevent intelligence officials having to testify about a dossier containing scandalous claims supposedly collected by Russia about President Donald Trump.

  • December 4, 2017

    Twitter, Facebook, Google Slip Suit Over Texas Shooting

    A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a Dallas police sergeant’s suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google alleging their websites helped radicalize a terrorist who killed five officers, ruling the sergeant didn’t show how terrorist groups used the sites to influence the shooting.

  • December 4, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Techem, Alloheim, 21st Century Fox

    Canadian pension funds and private equity firms will be making a formal bid for German metering business Techem, Nordic Capital is set to shell out roughly €1.1 billion to acquire a German nursing home operator, and 21st Century Fox Inc. is favoring The Walt Disney Co. over other suitors for the sale of certain assets.

  • December 4, 2017

    Bribes For Soccer Bosses 'Part Of Business,' Exec Says

    The founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group SA testified Monday that his counterparts from competitors-turned-collaborators Full Play Group and Torneos y Competencias SA were so resigned to what they viewed as the reality of bribing South American soccer federation presidents that they described it as “part of our business” in conversations he recorded while wearing a wire.

  • December 4, 2017

    Aussie Watchdog To Eye Facebook, Google In Sector Review

    Australia's antitrust enforcer will open an investigation into whether Facebook, Google and other digital platform providers are using their market power to harm competition for media and advertising, the government said Monday.

  • December 4, 2017

    O'Reilly, Fox Sued For Improperly Disparaging Accuser

    A former Fox News producer who settled harassment allegations with onetime star anchor Bill O’Reilly more than 15 years ago sued him in New York federal court Monday for allegedly breaching their deal by publicly insinuating that her claims were politically and financially motivated.

  • December 4, 2017

    Boston Officials Deny Tweaked Charges Ahead Of Trial

    Two Boston city officials on Monday denied prosecutors’ recently amended charges that they strong-armed a concert series into hiring union workers, as their lawyers push to delay an upcoming trial in the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • The Current Fight Against Contraband Art And Antiquities

    Stephen Juris

    Federal and state authorities’ increased focus on the art and antiquities markets — seen this summer with Hobby Lobby’s much-publicized forfeiture of a large collection of ancient Mesopotamian tablets and cylinder seals — presents significant challenges for both legitimate and less scrupulous dealers and collectors, say Stephen Juris and Brian Remondino of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Fair Use With Dr. Seuss

    Tal Dickstein

    Because of their unique style and wide appeal, elements of Dr. Seuss’ books have been borrowed by other authors who claim their works are protected parody. A review of these cases, including a decision last month in the Southern District of New York, provides helpful guidance on how the fair use defense applies to parodies, says Tal Dickstein of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • A Magical Surprise Hidden In 3rd Circ. Rest Break Opinion

    Ashley Falls

    Last week, the Third Circuit delivered a win for employees with its decision in Secretary U.S. Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, which said the company's rest break policy violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. And, in a fun Friday-the-13th twist, the court managed to cite the "Harry Potter" books while authoring its opinion, says Ashley Falls of Falls Legal.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.