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Media & Entertainment

  • June 21, 2018

    Gov't Looking At 'Dynamic Sharing' Of Spectrum Bands

    The task of repurposing valuable spectrum bands to accommodate new users and technologies will increasingly invade airwaves long blocked off for one purpose, signaling a shift in the way users must think about spectrum territories, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration told industry members Thursday afternoon.

  • June 21, 2018

    Ex-Pitcher Calls Up Cruise Ship Atty For Defamation Suit

    Retired minor league pitcher Neiman Nix is replacing his counsel in a Florida federal defamation suit over news reports claiming that he admitted to selling a banned substance, as a judge entered an order Thursday swapping in Miami cruise ship injury lawyer David Pollack. 

  • June 21, 2018

    Liberty Withdraws $1.16B Offer For 40% Of IHeartMedia

    Liberty Media has taken a much talked-about $1.16 billion offer for a 40 percent slice of iHeartMedia off the table, according to a Thursday court filing, leaving the bankrupt radio giant with no outside funding source as it seeks to cut $10 billion from its swollen balance sheet.

  • June 21, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Viacom’s $15M Unpaid Ads Win

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed Viacom International Inc.’s $14.9 million win in a suit accusing toy company MGA Entertainment Inc. of breaching four contracts in connection with ad sales and production of a TV show for the Lalaloopsy doll brand, agreeing with the lower court that MGA failed to show that Viacom materially breached the contracts first.

  • June 21, 2018

    Prince Estate Demands Documents On Posthumous EP

    The estate of the late pop superstar Prince asked a Minnesota federal court Thursday to force the producer of the Prince EP “Deliverance” to hand over documents and communications related to the posthumous release of the recordings, which the estate says violated Prince’s intellectual property rights.

  • June 21, 2018

    Blogger Uses Texas Free Speech Law To Nix Defamation Row

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with a blog and its author, holding a trial court had wrongly declined to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a school principal and ruling a state free speech law protects the blog posts at issue on the ground they concern matters of public concern involving public officials.

  • June 21, 2018

    NJ Strip Club Exec Knew Arbitration Clause, Court Says

    A New Jersey state appeals court affirmed Thursday that the members of a strip club venture must arbitrate their ownership dispute, ruling that the entrepreneur who is suing is an “experienced businessman” who understood that the buyout agreement with his partners was subject to a related deal to keep disputes out of court.

  • June 21, 2018

    Beats’ Expert Disputes $107M Figure In Royalties Row

    A damages expert for Beats Electronics LLC told a California jury Thursday that, if it agrees with an entrepreneur’s interpretation of a 2007 agreement he made with Beats' co-founders, then he is owed about $15 million in additional royalties for his work on the company's headphones — not the $107 million he claims.

  • June 21, 2018

    Muscogee Creek AG Says Tribal Court Must Hear Casino Row

    Muscogee (Creek) Nation Attorney General Kevin W. Dellinger again urged an Oklahoma federal judge to toss a suit by a woman seeking to block tribal court claims against her over a casino development, saying Thursday that the tribal court has a solid claim to jurisdiction.

  • June 21, 2018

    FCC July Meeting Agenda To Include C-Band, Kid Video

    The Federal Communications Commission will take up several anticipated items at its July 12 open meeting, including probing flexible use of the so-called C-Band spectrum and a promised review of rules covering children’s broadcast programming.

  • June 21, 2018

    'Westworld' Phone App 'Blatant Rip-Off,' Video Game Co. Says

    The maker of the commercially successful video game "Fallout Shelter" sued Warner Bros. Entertainment and a Canadian game developer in Maryland federal court Thursday, claiming the pair stole its intellectual property and trade secrets to create a “blatant rip-off” game app for the HBO show “Westworld.”

  • June 21, 2018

    Ga. Atty Beats Defamation Suit Over Snapchat Accident Row

    A Georgia state appellate court on Thursday shut down a defamation lawsuit against an attorney representing a man injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a driver using Snapchat's "speed filter," saying public statements made by the lawyer were protected and based on the best information he had at the time.

  • June 21, 2018

    'Super Size Me' Director Escapes Suit Over Ruined Project

    A California federal judge dismissed Morgan Spurlock from a suit brought by Turner Entertainment Networks Inc. to recover cash it gave the documentarian for a project that was later canceled amid allegations of his sexual misconduct, finding Thursday that Spurlock was not a party to his production company’s agreement with Turner.

  • June 21, 2018

    'Walk Of Shame' Suit Unreasonable, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that actress Elizabeth Banks was entitled to an award of attorneys' fees after successfully defeating an "objectively unreasonable" copyright lawsuit filed over her 2014 comedy "Walk of Shame."

  • June 21, 2018

    ‘Church Girls’ Say Fla. Band Must Atone For Identical Name

    A Pennsylvania indie rock group named Church Girls has hit an identically named band with a trademark infringement suit in Florida federal court, saying the Florida group took its name, copied its album art and then called its members “egomaniacs” on Facebook for asserting their trademark.

  • June 21, 2018

    Carlyle Collects $6.55B For Latest Asian PE Fund

    The Carlyle Group LP has clinched its latest Asia-focused fund after raising $6.55 billion, the private equity giant said Thursday, with plans to make investments in sectors like retail, financial services, telecommunications, media, health care, and industrials.

  • June 20, 2018

    Beats Are Nuthin' But A Me Thang, Dre Says In $107M Trial

    Beats Electronics LLC co-founder Dr. Dre told a California jury Wednesday that he came up with the concept and title for the Beats By Dre headphone brand, disputing claims that another entrepreneur deserves as much as $107 million in additional royalties for helping launch the business.

  • June 20, 2018

    Comcast Unit Can't Arbitrate Class Action Over Robocalls

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday rejected a Comcast subsidiary’s bid to arbitrate a man’s proposed class action accusing the company of auto-dialing customers looking for other people, saying his claims fall outside the service agreement Comcast is trying to hold him to.

  • June 20, 2018

    IHeartMedia Beats US Trustee's Objection To Exec Bonuses

    A Texas bankruptcy court Tuesday approved iHeartMedia Inc.'s plan to pay a dozen of its top executives up to $25 million in bonuses for 2018, overriding an objection by the U.S. Trustee's Office.

  • June 20, 2018

    Record Labels Ask 2nd Circ. To Redo Timberlake IP Row

    A Universal Music Group Inc. unit urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to rethink a decision from earlier this month reviving a copyright suit over a song sampled for a Justin Timberlake hit, saying the musicians now claiming ownership waited decades too long to do so.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Streaming In Chicago? There's A Court-Approved Tax On That

    Todd Lard

    Labell v. City of Chicago is the main case contesting the Chicago amusement tax’s application to streaming services. Todd Lard and Charles Capouet of Eversheds Sutherland LLP analyze the Cook County Circuit Court decision and discuss the plaintiffs' options on appeal.

  • Sports Bet Legalization May Not Get Esports To Next Level

    James Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting decision appears to clear the field for esports betting in the United States, serious legal obstacles remain before we see any immediate expansion of esports betting. The industry will face intense regulatory scrutiny, say James Havel and Eric Schroeder of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • How Will Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Impact Accusers?

     Matthew LaGarde

    Due to the idiosyncrasies of American bankruptcy law, The Weinstein Company's recent bankruptcy filing could cause many of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers to receive pennies on the dollar relative to what they are owed under state and federal laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment, say Matthew LaGarde and Jessica Westerman of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • FTC In Full Force: What To Expect From New Leadership

    Lucy Morris

    While headlines proliferate about the recent political shake-ups at the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the century-old Federal Trade Commission, with less fanfare, finally has a full slate of five commissioners for the first time since 2015, say Lucy Morris and Kavitha Subramanian of Hudson Cook LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.