Media & Entertainment

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Norwegian Cruise CEO Wants $95M From Co., Successor

    A former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO asked jurors in Miami for $95 million in damages Monday against his former employer and another ex-CEO for allegedly killing his chances in the industry with defamatory statements and cutting him out of profit-sharing revenue.

  • December 4, 2017

    Democratic Senators Ask FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Vote

    A group of Democratic senators on Monday called on the Federal Communications Commission to put off voting later this month on whether to roll back net neutrality protections until the agency could investigate whether the proceeding had been tainted by hundreds of thousands of fraudulent public comments.

  • December 4, 2017

    Mueller Cites Gag Order Plot In Manafort House Arrest Fight

    Indicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an editorial about his Ukrainian lobbying work despite a judge's gag order barring statements to the media, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a Monday court filing seeking to keep Manafort on house arrest.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court's Cert Denials Include Same-Sex Benefits Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a trio of employment cases, including a closely watched suit over whether Houston can extend the same spousal benefits to city workers in same-sex and heterosexual marriages, and a former Bellagio employee's race and sex bias suit.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Fees To Atty In Pa. Gaming Inquiry Row

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld a ruling requiring two businessmen associated with a Pennsylvania casino project to pay the legal fees of an attorney who they accused in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit of sabotaging their dealings with state gaming regulators.

  • December 4, 2017

    Private Eye Not Defamed By Retracted Story, Fox Says

    A private detective who claims he was misquoted in a now-retracted Fox News article about the killing of a Democratic National Committee aide has not been defamed and consented to the quotes’ publication, the media company told a New York federal judge Friday.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Cast Doubts On Federal Sports Betting Ban

    Several U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday seemed open to overturning a federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, potentially signaling a big win for New Jersey in its yearslong fight to allow the activity.

  • December 4, 2017

    Hollywood Trades Barbs With FCC's Pai Over Net Neutrality

    Hollywood celebrities including actors Alyssa Milano and Mark Ruffalo continued to battle with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Twitter over the weekend over his expected rollback of net neutrality rules, raising questions about comments allegedly submitted to the agency via Russian email addresses.

  • December 4, 2017

    Dems Slam FCC Handling Of Net Neutrality Comment Fraud

    New York’s attorney general and a Democratic Federal Communications Commission leader spoke out Monday against apparent “stonewalling” from the agency in an investigation into millions of net neutrality comments filed with fraudulent identities, saying the FCC must address swirling uncertainty associated with the massive record.

  • December 4, 2017

    ESPN Ruling Further Narrows Video Privacy Law's Reach

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling that ESPN didn't violate the Video Privacy Protection Act by disclosing app users’ data to an analytics company deals yet another blow to plaintiffs’ efforts to expand liability under the statute to cover streaming services and other new technologies, attorneys say.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Perfect 10 Copyright Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a copyright case filed by adult website operator Perfect 10 Inc. against Giganews Inc., leaving in place a Ninth Circuit ruling that the service couldn’t be held liable for infringing images shared by its users.

  • December 4, 2017

    Katy Perry, Catholic Church Win $10M In Convent Sale Trial

    A California jury awarded $10 million in punitive damages to Katy Perry and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles on Monday after finding that a real estate developer acted with malice in interfering with the pop star's planned $14.5 million purchase of a sprawling empty convent.

  • December 4, 2017

    Accused Film Scammer Says No Atty Conflict Over Trump Ally

    A California man accused in Manhattan federal court of stealing $12 million from film investors said Monday he is sticking with his lawyer, Walter Mack of Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, despite a prosecution letter suggesting Mack could face a conflict because of his work representing President Donald Trump's ex-lobbyist Rick Gates in Washington, D.C.

  • December 1, 2017

    Jesse Ventura, 'American Sniper’ Estate End Defamation Row

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle told a Minnesota federal court Friday that they’d agreed to drop their dispute over alleged defamation in Kyle’s book, settling nearly 18 months after the Eighth Circuit vacated a $1.85 million verdict for Ventura.

  • December 1, 2017

    Justices Eyeing State-Federal Power In Sports Betting Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is set to hear a challenge to a federal law banning sports betting, but with major implications for the sports industry at stake, the central issue over states' rights has turned the case into one of the most significant federalism cases the court has heard in years.

  • December 1, 2017

    Sprint Accuses Charter Of Infringing Internet Call IP

    Sprint sued Charter in Delaware federal court Friday for allegedly infringing patents on technology that lets users make phone calls over the internet, the latest in a series of suits that have produced a verdict and settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Sprint.

  • December 1, 2017

    PTAB Won't Review Blackbird Data Storage Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Friday it would not review a patent that Blackbird Technologies has accused Netflix Inc. and Starz Entertainment LLC of infringing, finding a defensive patent group hadn’t shown various claims were likely invalid.

  • December 1, 2017

    Media Co. Hit With Suit Over Scanning Workers' Fingerprints

    Multimedia Sales & Marketing Inc. has been slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois court alleging the company has been requiring its employees to clock in and out of work by scanning their fingerprints without their prior approval, in violation of the state's Biometric Privacy Act.

  • December 1, 2017

    New Mexico Withdraws Gaming Revenue Suit Against Tribes

    New Mexico federal court on Thursday approved the state of New Mexico’s voluntary dismissal of its lawsuit against six federally recognized Native American tribes accusing them of breaching a 2007 gaming compact with the state by allegedly underpaying its revenue share, as both parties await the outcome for similar allegations in a potentially consolidated suit.

  • December 1, 2017

    Ford Sues Wrestler John Cena For Alleged Ford GT Resale

    The Ford Motor Company filed a complaint against John Cena in Michigan federal court Thursday, accusing the wrestler and actor of reselling a custom-made GT sports car, which had been sold only to him and a few hundred other brand ambassadors, in violation of his contract.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Take Down Or Stay Down: Digital Piracy And Trade Negotiation

    Dean Pinkert

    As NAFTA renegotiation reaches a critical juncture, an area of discussion that involves exceptionally difficult trade-offs concerns measures to combat digital piracy, says Dean Pinkert, a partner with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • CalPERS Suit Marks Another Loss For Multiclass Stock Plans

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    The recent case of California Public Employees' Retirement System v. IAC/InterActiveCorp illustrates how institutional investors can use litigation to successfully protect their voting rights. Combined with recent pushback from the S&P, this case should make founders considering nonvoting stock issuances think twice, say attorneys with Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.