Media & Entertainment

  • June 26, 2017

    Cable TV, Phone Groups Call For Revamp Of FCC Fees

    Some telecom service providers are paying more than their fair share to support Federal Communications Commission bureau services, trade groups told the agency in a series of recent filings that argued fiscal year 2017 regulatory fees should be more evenly distributed.

  • June 26, 2017

    BET President Wants Out Of Gender Bias Suit

    A top television executive at Black Entertainment Television LLC asked a California federal court Friday to toss gender bias claims made against him by a female executive under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act, saying those statutes don’t impart individual liability for discrimination on supervisors.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Biggest Telecom Cases So Far In 2017

    The focus for telecommunications so far this year has mostly been on the newly Republican-led Federal Communications Commission and not courtroom drama, but courts have also already made decisions related to net neutrality and the limits of FCC authority. Here are the top telecom cases so far in 2017.

  • June 23, 2017

    Snapchat Maker's Arbitration Bid Blasted By Ex-Employee

    The former Snap Inc. employee who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the social media company’s user metrics ahead of its initial public offering fired back at the Snapchat maker’s attempt to force arbitration of his whistleblower suit, telling a California federal court Friday that the arbitration agreement he signed at hiring was unconscionable.

  • June 23, 2017

    Consulting Co. Seeks Attys' Fees After $3.2M Award OK'd

    After a $3.2 million arbitral award was confirmed in its favor in a dispute with a dolphin park operator, a financial consulting company asked a California federal judge to award it more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees, saying it is entitled to them based on a contract between the parties. 

  • June 23, 2017

    Fraudster Cops To Rigging Lottery Software In 3 States

    A man who stole millions of dollars by defrauding state lotteries in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin with his brother’s help has pled guilty to theft by fraud and computer crime charges, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman said Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Urban Outfitters Seeks Quick Exit From Coachella TM Suit

    Urban Outfitters Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to dismiss it from a trademark lawsuit brought by Coachella Music Festival, arguing the relevant allegations of stolen intellectual property are aimed solely at its co-defendant and subsidiary Free People.

  • June 23, 2017

    FCC Says Cyberattack, Not Lobbying, Hit Comment System

    A May disruption to the Federal Communications Commission's online comment system was caused by a cyberattack from traffic that mostly didn't leave comments, the FCC has told lawmakers, saying the problem has been addressed and the system is handling all net neutrality comments.

  • June 23, 2017

    Twitter Signs On To Online Protest For Net Neutrality

    Twitter will take part in a July 12 online protest aimed at saving Obama-era net neutrality rules under threat at the Federal Communications Commission, joining Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla and a growing number of other companies and groups in the “internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality.”

  • June 23, 2017

    Telecommunications Policy Recap For The First Half Of 2017

    President Donald Trump’s victory last year turned telecommunications policy on its head, with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai leading an active first few months at the agency as he seeks to reverse course and undo actions taken during the Obama administration. Here are the top telecom policy developments so far this year.

  • June 23, 2017

    Live Nation Parking Lot Workers’ Wage Suit Gets Trimmed

    A California judge Friday trimmed a putative class action alleging Live Nation Worldwide didn’t timely pay its seasonal workers or provide parking lot attendants with rest breaks, tossing a Private Attorneys General Act claim, but keeping alive claims Live Nation failed to pay wages on termination.

  • June 23, 2017

    Native Mascot Foes Eye Public Arena After High Court Loss

    The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision striking down a federal ban on registering offensive trademarks cemented the legal right of the Washington Redskins and other sports teams to trademark Native American-themed names and logos, but critics of those teams will now redouble their efforts to turn public opinion against the use of those marks.

  • June 23, 2017

    Philly Judge Says Book About Abortion Case Defamed Him

    The Philadelphia judge who presided over the trial of abortion doctor and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell filed suit on Thursday alleging that he was defamed in a new book about the case, which cast him as a member of the city’s “liberal corrupt government.”

  • June 23, 2017

    Zynga Latest To Invoke TC Heartland In Gambling IP Row

    Video game developer Zynga followed in DraftKings and FanDuel's footsteps and urged a Nevada federal court Thursday to transfer a gambling technology patent suit against the developer, saying the new TC Heartland precedent supports a move to California.

  • June 23, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan, Vinson, Mayer

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, EQT Corp. buys Rice Energy for $6.7 billion, European telecommunications giant Altice prices the second largest U.S. IPO of 2017, and alcohol maker Diageo plans to pay as much as $1 billion to acquire U.S. tequila brand Casamigos.

  • June 23, 2017

    Private Investors Plug $70M Into Chinese Dating App Tantan

    Tantan, a Chinese mobile app-based dating service that is similar to Tinder, has raked in $70 million from a group of private investors led by YY Inc. and Genesis Capital, the companies said on Friday.

  • June 23, 2017

    NY Post Tells Judge It Stands By 'Biggest Loser' Exposé

    The New York Post on Friday told a federal judge that it stands by its May 2016 reports detailing how weight-loss contestants on a television show called “The Biggest Loser” went to extremes to drop pounds, including by using drugs, after a doctor sued, claiming the paper defamed him.

  • June 22, 2017

    Ground Beef Cos. Say ABC Report Put End To 'Pink Slime' Use

    Representatives from several of the country’s largest ground beef makers testified for a South Dakota jury Thursday that they had to stop using Beef Products Inc.’s beef trimmings product because of the public outcry caused by ABC reporting calling it “pink slime.”

  • June 22, 2017

    Murray Energy Hits John Oliver, HBO With Defamation Suit

    Murray Energy Corp. has lodged a defamation suit against comedian John Oliver in West Virginia state court over an HBO segment lampooning CEO Bob Murray as a “geriatric Dr. Evil,” claiming it wrongly states the cause of a fatal collapse at one of the company's mines. 

  • June 22, 2017

    4th Circ. Mostly Upholds Ex-CIA Agent's Conviction For Leaks

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday largely upheld a former CIA agent's conviction for illegally leaking classified information on U.S. efforts to disrupt Iran's nuclear program, but said prosecutors had failed to prove where one crime took place.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: State RPM Rules Vs. Federal Rule

    Michael Lindsay

    Experienced practitioners swiftly recognized a practical barrier to implementing a national program of resale price maintenance agreements under Leegin’s more permissive approach — the antitrust laws of 50 states. The last decade has largely confirmed those initial reactions, say Michael Lindsay and Matthew Ralph, who lead Dorsey & Whitney LLP's antitrust practice.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: RPM Rule Breeds Inconsistency

    Melissa Maxman

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 Leegin decision aimed to loosen resale price maintenance restrictions on manufacturers, recognizing that such restrictions often come at the expense of competition at the manufacturer level. But much unpredictability and confusion have followed, say Melissa Maxman, Ronald Wick and Lara Kroop Delamarre of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Why Likes And Retweets Are Worth Protecting In Bankruptcy

    Victoria Cioppettini

    Bankruptcy counsel armed with knowledge about how to leverage the potentially lucrative asset of a company’s user-generated content — testimonials, reviews, likes, retweets, shares and other customer-driven communications — will be able to maximize the value of the company, defend litigation without spoliation of evidence, and help the corporation achieve an orderly reorganization, say Victoria Cioppettini and Susan Usatine of Cole Schotz PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 10 Problems To Avoid In Social Media Influencer Marketing

    Neal Tabachnick

    Most social media influencers are young and successful, a combination that can create great opportunity for your company, as well as major pitfalls. Some contract provisions can help keep things on track, says Neal Tabachnick of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • 'Dancing Baby' Copyright Case Through A Proper Lens: Part 2

    David Lichtman

    The Ninth Circuit was correct in its finding that any fair-use analysis for a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice is a fact-based, subjective determination. According to the Lenz petition for certiorari, the Ninth Circuit’s decision would open the floodgates for a slew of unreasonable claims as grounds for removal of online speech — but the petition conflates incorrectly “subjective beliefs” with “unreasonable beliefs,... (continued)

  • What's New About Germany's Merger Control Regime

    Thomas Schürrle

    Recent changes to German merger control review should not result in dramatic changes because they merely expand the pre-existing thresholds. However, the amendment is an important step toward adapting the German competition law to the challenges of the digital economy, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.