Media & Entertainment

  • March 5, 2018

    iHeartMedia Faces TCPA Suit Over Radio Station Robocalls

    A Los Angeles man filed a terse proposed class action against iHeartMedia Inc., via one of its radio stations, on Monday in California federal court alleging robocall violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that may have roped in “thousands” of recipients of unwanted calls.

  • March 5, 2018

    Maryland Tax Court Affirms Baltimore Billboard Tax

    The Maryland Tax Court has found an excise tax on billboards in Baltimore enacted in 2013 does not impose a free speech burden on billboard operator Clear Channel Outdoor, ruling in favor of Baltimore's Finance Department and against a refund for Clear Channel.

  • March 5, 2018

    Ex-ESPN Analyst Says Network 'Rife With Misogyny'

    A former ESPN legal analyst leveled a litany of sexual harassment and retaliation claims against the network and its brass Sunday, alleging it has long condoned widespread sexual harassment against female employees and let her go after she complained about unwanted advances made toward her by a SportsCenter anchor.

  • March 5, 2018

    Facebook, Microsoft Say Content Laws Should Stay Local

    A Facebook policy manager and a Microsoft assistant general counsel speaking in California at an American Bar Association panel argued Friday that an individual country's laws should not be allowed to regulate or ban content on their platforms globally.

  • March 5, 2018

    Oscars Shine Spotlight On Atty's Work On 'Inclusion Rider'

    Kalpana Kotagal, a civil rights and employment partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, had already switched off the TV on Sunday night when Frances McDormand took the stage at the Academy Awards and drew the world's attention to her work.

  • March 5, 2018

    NJ Advances Bill Against Silence Terms In Harassment Deals

    New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill Monday to bar nondisclosure agreements preventing employees from speaking about their settlement of sexual harassment suits, legislation spurred by the outing of workplace misconduct allegations in Hollywood in recent months.

  • March 5, 2018

    Facebook Backs Tax Docs Privilege In Transfer Pricing Row

    Facebook Inc. argued on Friday that the IRS’ statement that some of the company’s documents in a transfer pricing dispute should not be protected by privilege was incorrect because they reflect confidential tax advice, not business advice, and the online social media giant properly followed legal requirements in its discovery entry logs.

  • March 5, 2018

    Google Says Nearly Half Of 2.4M Links Nixed From Searches

    Google Inc. has removed nearly half the 2.43 million links that Europeans have flagged for removal from search results since the European Court of Justice's 2014 “right to be forgotten” ruling, with the vast majority of the requests coming from private individuals such as celebrities and politicians. 

  • March 5, 2018

    Spin Master Buys PE-Backed Toy Maker Gund For $79.1M

    Children’s entertainment company Spin Master Corp. has acquired Gund, a plush toy manufacturer that was owned by a portfolio company of private equity firm Balmoral Funds LLC, for $79.1 million, the company said Monday.

  • March 2, 2018

    Atty's $4.3M Suit Says Sheppard Mullin Backed Ponzi Scheme

    A Los Angeles attorney has sued Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and one of its partners for $4.3 million in California state court, claiming the partner and firm committed legal malpractice and fraud by backing an investment opportunity that an arbitrator later deemed a Ponzi scheme.

  • March 2, 2018

    Website Class Seeks OK Of $11M Google AdSense Deal

    A class of website owners accusing Google of withholding advertising revenue asked a California federal judge Thursday to preliminarily approve an $11 million settlement with the search giant.

  • March 2, 2018

    Taylor Swift Beats 'Shake It Off' Lyrics Suit

    A California federal judge granted a win on Friday to Taylor Swift in a copyright suit brought by a pair of songwriters over her 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” after the songwriters failed to file an amended complaint before a Feb. 26 deadline.

  • March 2, 2018

    James Franco, Seth Rogen Cos. Sued Over 'Disaster Artist'

    A former UCLA teaching assistant for James Franco who claims he wrote a screen adaptation at the actor’s urging for the film "The Disaster Artist" has sued the production companies for Franco and Seth Rogen, alleging they reneged on promises for a film credit and another movie deal.

  • March 2, 2018

    Film Financier Found Guilty On Investor Fraud Charges

    Film producer David Bergstein was convicted Thursday of defrauding investors out of more than $26 million after a monthlong trial on charges that he used investor money to pay personal expenses and cover losses from a separate scam.

  • March 2, 2018

    3 Takeaways From Spotify's Direct Listing

    Music streaming giant Spotify's strategy to list publicly without raising new capital or hiring underwriters marks a risky departure from the well-worn path for ordinary initial public offerings, a move experts say is unlikely to generate many imitators even if successful. Here are three takeaways from Spotify's direct listing.

  • March 2, 2018

    Senate Advances Bill To Require Better Mobile Coverage Data

    The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would solidify the Federal Communications Commission’s data collection practices for mobile services, announced Sen. Roger Wicker on Thursday, furthering a recent push to improve the FCC’s broadband record-keeping.

  • March 2, 2018

    Wave Of Publicity Suits Washing Over Hollywood, Attys Say

    BigLaw entertainment attorneys speaking at an American Bar Association panel in Napa Valley, California, shared their concerns about a recent trend of right of publicity and defamation suits filed against media giants like FX, Fox and Lifetime, saying the cases threaten to make it more difficult for Hollywood producers to make docudramas and sports features.

  • March 2, 2018

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

    The last week has seen bankrupt insurer Allanfield sue its former auditors, another insolvent insurer in runoff lodge professional negligence claims against Mazars LLP and a new suit from the remains of Iceland's collapsed Landsbanki.

  • March 2, 2018

    EPA Restores Chesapeake Bay Paper Funding After Outcry

    A regional newspaper covering environmental issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay on Friday said it won its battle to regain funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it was abruptly cut last summer.

  • March 2, 2018

    Group Slams Sinclair Plan To Get $3.9B Merger In FCC Shape

    A coalition formed to fight Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed, $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. recently told the FCC that Sinclair's divestiture plan to make the deal compliant with federal media-ownership rules is an “empty vessel."

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and racetracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.