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Media & Entertainment

  • September 7, 2018

    Ex-HBO Sports Producer Says Firing Was Racially Motivated

    A former producer at HBO Sports sued the network in Manhattan federal court on Friday for allegedly denying him a promotion in favor of a less-qualified white man, giving him fewer opportunities, disciplining him and ultimately firing him because he is black and Latino.

  • September 6, 2018

    Concert Tix Cos. Sue NY AG To Preempt 'Drop Shipping' Row

    Two concert ticket companies hit the New York attorney general with a lawsuit in state court Thursday, seeking a judgment that she can’t sue them, as she has apparently threatened, over alleged violations of consumer protection laws.

  • September 6, 2018

    Judge Sanctions Business Partner In Jimi Hendrix TM Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday hit a business partner of Jimi Hendrix's brother with $4,000 in sanctions in a trademark dispute with the late rock star's estate, saying the partner had repeatedly missed discovery deadlines.

  • September 6, 2018

    Judge Tells Thelonious Monk’s Estate To ‘Get Real’ In IP Row

    A California federal judge on Thursday urged counsel for the estate of jazz legend Thelonious Monk to settle its case accusing a brewery of infringing its trademarks, saying his client needs to “get real” about what it wants from the brewery and that it's “sad” that a deal between the parties that once funded jazz education has devolved into litigation.

  • September 6, 2018

    EU Clears Apple’s $400M Shazam Buy

    European Union antitrust regulators signed off Thursday on Apple’s proposed $400 million acquisition of music-identification app maker Shazam, closing out an in-depth review sparked over concerns that Shazam’s data and software might be leveraged against competitors.

  • September 6, 2018

    North Korean Man Charged With Sony Hack, WannaCry Virus

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged a North Korean hacker and alleged spy in connection with some of the most damaging cyberattacks in recent memory, including the 2014 breach of Sony Pictures, the theft of $81 million from a bank in Bangladesh and the release of the WannaCry 2.0 virus that ground computer systems worldwide to a halt. 

  • September 6, 2018

    FCC’s Carr Touts $2B In Possible 5G Savings From Fee Caps

    Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr touted an industry-funded economic analysis Wednesday that found that capping fees at rates proposed under a plan to speed up the deployment of fifth-generation, or 5G, infrastructure on a local level could save industry $2 billion in “unnecessary costs.”

  • September 6, 2018

    Gov't Must Fund Shared Net Infrastructure, Groups Say

    A coalition of public interest groups outlined policy priorities Thursday that they say will speed the expansion of rural broadband, including an emphasis on restoring open-internet principles and implementing build-out funding strategies that are not carrier specific.

  • September 6, 2018

    'Spotlight' Studio Open Road Hits Ch. 11 In Del. With Sale Plan

    Open Road Films LLC, distributor of the Oscar-winning film "Spotlight," hit Chapter 11 in Delaware on Thursday, citing volatility in the film industry and disappointing box office performance as it plans to use cash collateral to fund operations while it pursues a sale of its assets.

  • September 6, 2018

    3rd Circ. Declines To Revive Tribune Race Bias Suit

    A former Tribune Media Co. employee’s decade-old race bias suit hit a fatal hurdle Wednesday as the Third Circuit declined to revive the case, finding that the employee didn’t show enough evidence that he lost his job because of racial discrimination and that he had ample opportunity to do so.

  • September 6, 2018

    The Village Recorder Lodges TM Suit Against Film Studio

    Los Angeles recording studio the Village Recorder lodged a trademark suit against a Louisiana-based studio called Village Studios on Wednesday, claiming Village Studios is piggybacking on the goodwill of the more famous studio.

  • September 6, 2018

    Motion-Sensing Tech Won't Affect Spectrum, Google Tells FCC

    A new Google project that uses human hand motions to interact with technology should be allowed to proceed and won’t interfere with other devices, the tech giant recently told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • September 6, 2018

    NAB To FCC: Reject Tighter Radio Station Ownership Rules

    The National Association of Broadcasters told the Federal Communications Commission in a recent meeting, disclosed Tuesday in an ex parte filing, that it should reject calls to tighten eligibility rules for an “incubator” program that offers radio stations a break on ownership rules if they help a new or struggling station.

  • September 5, 2018

    Calif. Privacy Law Changes Sent To Governor's Desk

    The first in what is expected to be a series of amendments to California's landmark privacy law is headed to the governor's desk, after state lawmakers gave their backing to adjustments that delay enforcement of the law by the attorney general and remove the requirement for individuals to notify the AG's office before filing lawsuits.

  • September 5, 2018

    Del. Judge Lifts Ch. 11 Block On Weinstein Co. Suit In NY

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge cleared the way Wednesday for sexual assault and related damage claims to proceed in New York against The Weinstein Co. and an affiliate, in the second such court exception to usual bankruptcy protection for Chapter 11 debtors.

  • September 5, 2018

    Facebook, Twitter Execs Tout Steps To Fight Fake News

    Top executives of Facebook and Twitter testified before lawmakers Wednesday that their platforms are finding new ways to combat fake news and incentivize productive public discourse despite claims that big technology companies are drowning out conservative voices.

  • September 5, 2018

    Warner Rolls Out Policy To Boost Diversity In Film, TV

    Warner Bros. and its affiliates announced a companywide policy Wednesday that aims to ensure greater participation in film and television projects from women, people of color and other groups that have been historically underrepresented in the entertainment industry.

  • September 5, 2018

    Disney Shakes Nearly All Of State 'Zootopia' Rip-Off Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday dismissed the bulk of a screenwriter’s suit alleging Disney’s “Zootopia” ripped off ideas he pitched to the studio, following the dismissal of a similar federal suit, saying that only the movie’s title itself bears similarities to the writer’s unproduced treatment.

  • September 5, 2018

    NY Gallery Owner Pleads Guilty To $1.6M Tax Fraud

    Prominent Manhattan art gallery owner Mary Boone pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of tax fraud in a New York federal court for falsely claiming $1.6 million in personal expenses as business deductions, including costs for remodeling her apartment, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 5, 2018

    Roy Moore Hits Sacha Baron Cohen With $95M Defamation Suit

    Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who lost after allegations that he was romantically involved with minors, hit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, CBS and Showtime with a $95 million defamation suit in D.C. federal Court Wednesday, claiming Cohen tricked Moore into an embarrassing interview.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act: 3 Early Questions

    Grant Davis-Denny

    It is difficult to overstate the scope of the new California Consumer Privacy Act — it will dramatically change the privacy landscape in the U.S. when it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The act also contains ambiguities that are likely to sow confusion and litigation, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • How Sports Bet Ruling Affects Players' Collective Bargaining

    Vincent Cohen Jr.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, player associations must not only monitor how state legislatures and Congress react to the ruling, but also proactively engage with both federal and state legislatures. Failure to do so will likely leave players in an unfavorable position vis-a-vis their respective leagues, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Tax Decisions Bring Challenges And Opportunities To Tribes

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the wake of U.S. v. Jim in the Eleventh Circuit and South Dakota v. Wayfair in the U.S. Supreme Court, Native American tribes should takes steps to protect their rights under the general welfare exclusion and assert their sovereignty to impose new sales taxes, says Rob Roy Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.