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Media & Entertainment

  • November 28, 2018

    Judge To Weigh Bid To Boot DraftKings, FanDuel From NY

    A New York judge has agreed to consider a request by gambling opponents to shut down daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel operating in the Empire State after a ruling earlier this year found such contests are a form of gambling prohibited by the state constitution.

  • November 28, 2018

    Public Deserves Answers From Sealed Facebook Case: ACLU

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in California federal court Wednesday to unseal court records concerning an attempt by the U.S. government to compel Facebook to allow investigators to wiretap its Messenger app to spy on suspected gang members.

  • November 28, 2018

    Jay-Z Slams Arbitration Group's Lack Of Diversity In IP Row

    Music mogul Jay-Z called out the American Arbitration Association on Wednesday for lacking diversity among its arbitrators, arguing in a New York state court filing that the organization has so few African-American arbitrators he can't get a fair adjudication of his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • November 28, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, Murphy Oil, GSK

    Cyrus Capital Partners could team up with the Sears chairman’s hedge fund to bid for Sears, Murphy Oil Corp. is reportedly discussing a deal to sell Malaysian oil and gas assets, and Unilever is the leading bidder for GlaxoSmithKline’s Indian consumer health unit.

  • November 28, 2018

    Dish Not Covered For $280M Robocall Verdict, Insurer Says

    National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., fought back Tuesday in Colorado federal court against a bid by Dish Network to knock out part of its suit seeking to avoid coverage for a $280 million robocall verdict, saying its situation mirrors that of another Dish insurer recently let off the hook.

  • November 28, 2018

    10th Circ. Denies Rehearing Bid In House Project Dispute

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday denied a home designer’s request for rehearing an earlier ruling in which the court refused to vacate a nearly $820,000 arbitration award won by a pair of homeowners over a delayed and over-budget renovation project.

  • November 28, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Bias Suit Against Adult Entertainment Co.

    The Third Circuit has vacated a lower court order favoring an adult entertainment company in an employment discrimination suit brought by a former district manager who claims the business terminated her because she got married, ruling that a factual question remains over whether the employer was motivated by hostile and discriminatory sentiment when it fired her.

  • November 28, 2018

    Ex-NJ Asst. AG Joins New Sports Betting Watchdog

    A former New Jersey assistant attorney general and onetime gambling enforcement official has taken on a prominent role at the newly formed Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association, a nonprofit watchdog that aims to crack down on fraud as the nascent sports betting scene evolves in the Garden State and elsewhere.

  • November 28, 2018

    Bobby Brown Sues Showtime Over Whitney Houston Doc

    Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, sued BBC and Showtime in Manhattan federal court Wednesday for including him in a 2017 documentary about the late singer, claiming doing so violated his right of publicity.

  • November 27, 2018

    LBI Media Gets Interim Access To $10M In DIP Financing

    Bankrupt Spanish language broadcasting company LBI Media Inc. received permission Tuesday from a Delaware judge to borrow up to $10 million in debtor-in-possession funding on an interim basis to help kickstart its asset marketing efforts.

  • November 27, 2018

    Sen. Dems Grill FTC On Fraud Case Subpoena Of Acting AG

    Democrats on a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday pressed all five of the newly minted Federal Trade Commission heads for details on an agency subpoena the acting attorney general allegedly ducked last year in connection to a fraud investigation, but the commissioners said they weren’t familiar enough with the case to answer.

  • November 27, 2018

    Tribe, Feds Ask Supreme Court To Preserve Casino Proposal

    A California tribe and the Department of the Interior have pushed back against a bid before the U.S. Supreme Court by a watchdog group seeking to overturn the dismissal of its challenge to a proposed casino, saying the project is authorized by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Indian Reorganization Act.

  • November 27, 2018

    Jury Awards Software Co. $7.5M In Kodak Contract Row

    A Massachusetts federal jury on Monday found that Kodak Alaris Inc. failed to make contractually required payments to a German software firm that supplied document-recognition software used in Kodak's products, awarding the software company almost $7.5 million in damages.

  • November 27, 2018

    Religious-Themed Film Producer Gets 5 Years For $12M Scam

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a producer of Christian-themed films including “Loving the Bad Man” to 63 months in prison Tuesday for scheming to steal $12 million from investors over an eight-year span, scoffing at the assertion that he is a first-time offender and saying he is likely to re-offend.

  • November 27, 2018

    Wis. Resolves Tribal Dispute Ahead Of Gov.'s Departure

    Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration on Tuesday said it has ended a long-running Forest County Potawatomi Community dispute by agreeing to refund the tribe $250 million if a rival tribe opens a casino near the Potawatomi's existing facility in Milwaukee, according to a news report.

  • November 27, 2018

    Ex-Venezuelan Treasurer Gets 10 Years For $1B In Bribes

    Former Venezuelan national treasurer Alejandro Andrade Cedeño was sentenced Tuesday in Florida federal court to 10 years in prison for accepting $1 billion in bribes from a Venezuelan billionaire television mogul and laundering the money through South Florida real estate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Facebook Takes Heat At Unprecedented European Hearing

    Lawmakers from nine international parliaments appeared raring to regulate Facebook on Tuesday at an unprecedented hearing at London's House of Commons, while the social network's lawyers asked a California judge to sanction a software developer for disclosing sealed documents to British authorities.

  • November 27, 2018

    'Idol' Lenders Grilled Over Apollo Fraudulent Transfer Suit

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday pressed attorneys for creditors of the failed company behind “American Idol” to justify fraudulent transfer claims accusing Apollo Global Management of sinking the company by making a valid prepetition payment to cover a $93 million case judgment.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fox Sports Used 'Super Bowl Shuffle' Clips Without OK: Suit

    The Chicago-based record label that owns the copyrights to the well known "Super Bowl Shuffle" song has hit Fox Sports and several affiliates with a $1 million suit in Illinois federal court, claiming the network used portions of the music and video without permission.

  • November 27, 2018

    Nielsen Says Copycat Investor Suit Belongs In NY

    Nielsen Holdings PLC asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to transfer a putative class action suit to New York’s Southern District, saying the suit belongs in the same venue as “substantively identical” and earlier-filed suits over the company's liability for sharp drops in its stock price.

Expert Analysis

  • Copyright Owners Should Prepare For Music Royalty Reform

    Danielle Mattessich

    Last week, the Senate passed the first substantive update to music copyright law in a generation. The Music Modernization Act will bring questions, sweeping changes and legal challenges for copyright owners, say Danielle Mattessich and Lindsay Jones of Merchant & Gould PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Signs Of Renewed SEC Interest In Key Performance Indicators

    Brooke Clarkson

    Key performance indicators have been a topic of concern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but enforcement actions have been less prevalent. Recent actions coupled with statements by commission officials, however, suggest that KPIs may become more of a focus for the current SEC, say Brooke Clarkson and Jessica Matelis of Foley & Lardner LLP. 

  • If Editorial Content Includes Affiliate Links, Is It An Ad?

    Terri Seligman

    A recent decision from the National Advertising Division involving content in Buzzfeed’s “Shopping Guide" provides important guidance to advertisers and publishers, particularly with respect to distinguishing between editorial content and advertising, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Defamation Is Cause To Overturn An Election

    Mitchell Langberg

    The current gubernatorial race in Rhode Island features one candidate threatening a defamation lawsuit against another. But California and Oregon offer candidates an additional remedy — the ability to have an election overturned if it can be proved that defamatory speech swayed voters enough to affect the results, say Mitchell Langberg and Matthew McKissick of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.