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Media & Entertainment

  • December 3, 2018

    4 Firms Steer $6.4B Nexstar, Tribune Deal

    Nexstar Media Group Inc. unveiled a $6.4 billion deal, including debt, for Tribune Media Co. on Monday, in a tie-up guided by four firms that comes following weekend rumors that the media group had beat out a private equity firm to buy Tribune after regulatory woes derailed a different takeover bid earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Twitter, BlackBerry Sued Over Multimedia Messaging Tech

    Twitter Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd. are offering multimedia messaging services with features that infringe a patent held by Rainey Circuit LLC, the Texas-based company has alleged in two separate federal lawsuits.

  • November 30, 2018

    No Fast Wins In Suit Over Sham Investment Fund Conversion

    A lawsuit over whether a Chicago law firm participated in a scheme to defraud a man of millions in sham film investments will head to trial Monday after an Illinois federal judge rejected the firm’s claim that he would be unable to sway a jury in his case.

  • November 30, 2018

    Ex-DOJ Worker, Fugees Star Owe $73M For 1MDB Ties: US

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in D.C. federal court Friday seeking more than $73 million and accusing one of its own former employees and a founding member of the renowned hip-hop group Fugees of participating in the billion-dollar fraud scandal involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB.

  • November 30, 2018

    Selena's Husband Can't Ax Father's Suit Over Book, TV Deal

    The husband of late Tejano superstar Selena cannot use a state free speech law to duck a lawsuit brought by the singer's father alleging a book the widower authored about their marriage violated a contract, a Texas appellate court held Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    DOJ's Backpage Case In Ariz. Slows Chancery Fee Action

    An Arizona district court judge will get the next word on federal seizure of remaining assets available for legal fees in litigation surrounding Backpage.com and those sued over activities that allegedly enabled sex trafficking, a Delaware vice chancellor determined Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    4 Tips For Facebook After 'Black People Problem' Memo

    While a former executive’s memo alleging that Facebook has a “black people problem” may tarnish the company's image in the short term, it also gives the social media giant a chance to address discrimination concerns before they metastasize into litigation. Here, employment law experts share 4 tips Facebook would be well-served to consider.

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen HSBC's private bank unit hit with an action from nearly 250 claimants, Dutch bank ABN Amro sue more than a dozen insurers and Aviva's health unit take on the Saudi Arabian embassy and government. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.