Media & Entertainment

  • August 16, 2017

    Facebook Says Video Data Correction Was Mistake, Not Fraud

    Facebook Inc. urged a California federal judge Tuesday to throw out a shareholder suit accusing the social media giant of intentionally reporting wrong video advertising information, saying the suit was over a mistake, not securities fraud.

  • August 16, 2017

    11th Circ. Asked To Revive Suit Over $50M Defamation Case

    Fashion executive Peter Nygard asked the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to revive his suit alleging a racketeering conspiracy to pay witnesses in fellow billionaire Louis Bacon's $50 million defamation suit against him, saying the trial judge made numerous errors in ruling the case should be tried in the Bahamas.

  • August 16, 2017

    Syl Johnson Asks 7th Circ. To Rethink 'Different Strokes' Suit

    Soul singer Syl Johnson asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to rehear en banc a ruling dismissing his suit claiming that music's biggest recording labels sampled his song "Different Strokes" without getting his permission or paying him royalties. 

  • August 16, 2017

    TV Producer Sues Over Injuries In 'Punkin Chunkin' Mishap

    A television producer who was critically injured after she was struck by a metal plate from a malfunctioning pumpkin-shooting cannon at a “Punkin Chunkin” event last year sued her employer Discovery Communications Inc., the cannon’s maker, the event organizer, the farm where the event took place, and the state of Delaware on Wednesday in Delaware federal court.

  • August 16, 2017

    Poker Site, Cozen Hit With State Fraud Suit After Fed. Win

    Weeks after seeing their $900 million fraud suit against Full Tilt Poker and Cozen O’Connor tossed out of federal court, a putative class of poker players on Tuesday refiled their suit alleging the website operator illegally put its own players into games in California state court.

  • August 16, 2017

    5th Circ. Free Speech Ruling Unnerves Media Lawyers

    A Fifth Circuit decision Tuesday against The New York Times has cast doubt on whether state free speech statutes apply in federal court, stirring concern among media lawyers that defendants in defamation litigation and similar suits would be put at a disadvantage and could face forum-shopping if the circuit doesn't enforce the state laws.

  • July 17, 2017

    Poker Site, Cozen Get $900M Fraud Suit Thrown Out

    A California federal judge has dismissed a $900 million fraud class action against Full Tilt Poker that roped in Cozen O’Connor for representing the website, saying while the suit sufficiently pleads allegations of an illegal gambling business, it “founders” on the issue of how the defendants directly harmed the poker players behind the suit.

  • August 16, 2017

    DirecTV Website Ignored HHS Usability Rules, Expert Says

    A website design consultant took the stand amid DirecTV’s objections Wednesday in the Federal Trade Commission’s $3.95 billion bench trial over DirecTV’s allegedly misleading marketing practices, testifying that DirecTV’s website fell short of the U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s usability guidelines.

  • August 16, 2017

    Palin-Violence Link Not Intended, NYT Editor Tells Rakoff

    In an evidentiary hearing Wednesday on a motion to dismiss a libel suit against The New York Times, the paper's editorial page editor told U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff that he did not intend to imply a causal relationship between political violence and Sarah Palin’s rhetoric.

  • August 16, 2017

    49ers Stadium-Goers, Ticketmaster To Arbitrate ADA Row

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Tuesday said attendees of events at the San Francisco 49ers' home stadium suing Ticketmaster and Live Nation over the sale of disability access seats must arbitrate their dispute, finding the arbitration clause in the companies' terms of use adequate and enforceable.

  • August 16, 2017

    Studio Bankruptcy Ruling 'Haunts' Deal, Netflix Tells 2nd Circ.

    Netflix asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a ruling that protected formerly bankrupt movie company Relativity Media in a dispute over the online streaming of two movies before their theatrical run, saying the decision was a "shadow" that would "haunt" all other disputes during the years left on the multimovie deal.

  • August 16, 2017

    New Discovery Review Ordered In Pa. DA's Defamation Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Tuesday that a trial judge had failed to consider whether state law or other evidentiary privilege barred access to criminal records being sought in a defamation case over criticism the Lehigh County district attorney faced on a radio show for his work as a prosecutor.

  • August 16, 2017

    Sinclair Wins $4.3M Minn. Tax Row Over Acquired Losses

    Companies applying losses from acquired businesses on their Minnesota tax returns are entitled to the full yearly federal limit for such deductions, a Minnesota tax court has ruled, rejecting the state’s apportionment argument in a $4.3 million win for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

  • August 16, 2017

    Coachella Hits 'Filmchella' Organizer With Infringement Suit

    The organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday over a planned "Filmchella" film festival, saying the new event has refused repeated requests that it change the name.

  • August 15, 2017

    Spokeo Ruling Deals Blow To Cos. But May Have Silver Lining

    The Ninth Circuit's decision Tuesday that the harm stemming from an allegedly inaccurate consumer report published by Spokeo Inc. was concrete enough to establish standing gives class action plaintiffs a boost in their bids to block defendants from making quick exits, but the panel's fact-specific analysis may limit the ruling's broader application and leave companies with a stronger defense down the line, attorneys say.

  • August 15, 2017

    'Public Figure' Says Gay Porn Site Extorts With IP Claims

    An anonymous Los Angeles resident who claims he is a public figure says that gay porn site Flava Works Inc. makes bogus allegations about the pirating of copyrighted videos as a front for extorting users who don’t want their association with the website known, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Sony Gets Nod On $10M Deal To Settle Video Profits Suit

    A California judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to Sony Pictures’ $10 million deal to resolve claims by filmmakers that the studio swindled them out of home-video profits from decades-old movies, a settlement similar to agreements filmmakers struck with Paramount Pictures and Universal City Studios.

  • August 15, 2017

    Charlottesville Victims Hit Protesters With $3M Terrorism Suit

    Two women injured in the deadly car crash during a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, accused the driver who hit them, event organizers and websites including AltRight.com and The Daily Stormer of inciting violence and aiding terrorism in a $3 million suit in state court on Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    1 In 3 New DirecTV Customers Felt Misled, Exec Testifies

    The Federal Trade Commission drilled a DirecTV senior vice president of revenue and planning Tuesday on the company’s allegedly deceptive marketing practices, with the executive conceding during day two of a $3.95 billion bench trial that 33 percent of new customers polled felt misled during the sign-up process.

  • August 15, 2017

    HBO Partner Says 4 Arrested For 'Game Of Thrones' Leak

    An Indian media and entertainment company and HBO distribution partner owned by 21st Century Fox announced Tuesday that four arrests had been made related to the leak of an unaired “Game of Thrones” episode earlier this month.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Venturing Into The Land Of Location Data Collection

    Sheila Pham

    As mobile apps become more customizable to users’ experiences and locations, the data provided and potentially obtained through those customizations become more specific and personal. However, where technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, the law often follows far behind, say Sheila Pham and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.