Media & Entertainment

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple CEO, Execs On Deck For 3rd Week Of Epic Games Trial

    Apple Inc. is expected to call its top brass and corporate CEO Tim Cook to testify before the close of evidence over the next week in Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust bench trial over Apple's App Store payment policies, with the first defense witness taking the stand after Epic wraps its case-in-chief on Monday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Les Moonves Forgoes $120M Severance In ViacomCBS Deal

    ViacomCBS announced Friday that the media conglomerate has resolved its dispute with ex-CBS Corp. Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, although the former executive will not be receiving his $120 million severance package.

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple's App Store Runs On 79% Operating Margin, Judge Told

    An accounting expert hired by Epic Games Inc. testified during a high-stakes antitrust bench trial Friday that Apple Inc.'s App Store operating margins verged on an eye-watering 79% in 2018 and 2019, based on data he said he received "directly from the files" of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • May 14, 2021

    Google Ruling Won't Alter Warhol Case, Photog Tells 2nd Circ.

    The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster copyright ruling in Google v. Oracle has no bearing on the Second Circuit's ruling that a series of Andy Warhol prints of music legend Prince infringed the copyrighted photograph on which they were based, the photographer told the court Thursday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Google Nears Deal To End Claims It Sold Pirated Hit Tunes

    Google reached a tentative settlement Thursday resolving a trio of copyright lawsuits accusing the tech behemoth of selling pirated copies of hit songs performed by famous musicians including Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, just months after a California federal judge refused Google's bid to toss the suits launched by songwriters' heirs.

  • May 14, 2021

    DC Circ. Shocked AT&T, Iowa Carrier In Dark About Own Deal

    AT&T and an Iowa-based local exchange carrier may finally be winding down their long-running rate dispute, but they weren't ready to field questions about a tentative deal Friday, which perplexed the D.C. Circuit panel assembled to hear their second appeal in the matter.

  • May 14, 2021

    Biden Deletes Trump's Social Media 'Censorship' Order

    The Biden administration walked back a number of Trump-era executive orders on Friday, including a measure aiming to restrict social media companies from censoring online content that critics lambasted as an attack on the First Amendment.

  • May 14, 2021

    Law360 Cheat Sheet: Peloton's IP Battles

    Peloton has gotten itself involved in so many intellectual property lawsuits that it's easy to lose track. To keep them all straight, here's a quick guide to the company's many battles over patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

  • May 14, 2021

    Senate To Debate $110B Tech Funding Bill To Outdo China

    The U.S. Senate plans to move Monday toward passing a major $110 billion package to fund research and technology to hone the country's competitive edge against China, after lawmakers tacked on a raft of provisions including those opposing boycotts of Israel.

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple Says App Store Complaints Are Just Biz Disputes

    Apple has responded to complaints voiced at last month's Senate hearing examining potential antitrust issues in app stores, telling lawmakers in a letter that witnesses for a trio of large developers were complaining about business disputes, not competition problems.

  • May 14, 2021

    Facebook Can't Block Order To Halt EU-US Data Transfers

    Facebook on Friday was stopped from blocking an early-stage ruling from a European Union privacy regulator that may prevent the company from sending European users' data to the U.S. in a case that could affect any company that serves consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • May 14, 2021

    Calif. Judge To Rose Bowl, Pasadena: Why Are You Fighting?

    A California federal judge asked Pasadena and the organization behind the Rose Bowl Game during a hearing Friday why they are in court fighting over who has control of the famous annual college football game, asking if the century-old partners could resolve the issue on their own.

  • May 14, 2021

    NJ Casino Hits Zurich With $500K Virus Coverage Suit

    An Atlantic City casino resort has hit Zurich with a $500,000 suit in New Jersey state court, alleging the carrier breached its insurance contract by wrongfully denying and reading its claim as seeking civil authority coverage while it did not.

  • May 14, 2021

    Facebook Escapes Moderators' Suit Over Trauma Exposure

    Facebook content moderators haven't shown that the social media giant and the contractor that employed them failed to protect them against the psychological trauma of viewing graphic images on the job, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Brand Battles: Crips LLC Faces TM Fight Over Name

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a conservative blogger is seeking to block Crips LLC, a holding company that claims an affiliation with the Crips street gang, from registering its name as a trademark — plus three other cases you need to know.

  • May 14, 2021

    Lockheed Martin Can't Escape Fla. Contamination Suit

    A Florida federal judge will allow Orlando-area residents to proceed with most of a proposed class action alleging that Lockheed Martin Corp. fumbled the handling of toxic chemicals at a facility near their homes, deciding the allegations are not just "flash over substance."

  • May 14, 2021

    Film Investors Can't Trace Fraud Funds To Developer's Wife

    An appeals court ruled on Friday that dozens of film investors defrauded out of £18.4 million ($25.9 million) cannot automatically trace their money to a luxury London home, saying they must prove that a fraudster's wife bought the property with tainted funds.

  • May 13, 2021

    Apple's Trial Witness Drop Leaves Epic 'Scrambling'

    Epic Games Inc.'s counsel told a California federal judge presiding over a high-stakes antitrust trial Thursday that its legal team was "scrambling," after Apple Inc. dropped a scheduled witness due to what the judge characterized as an "extraordinary circumstance."

  • May 13, 2021

    Google Gets Calif. Antitrust Litigation Thrown Out, For Now

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a proposed class action brought by advertisers and publishers challenging Google's digital advertising business, ruling that the plaintiffs need to be more specific and narrow in their allegations, which she gave them leave to amend.

  • May 13, 2021

    Rebranded Band 'Lady A' Can Keep TM Suit In Tennessee

    A Tennessee federal judge said Thursday that the popular country band formerly known as Lady Antebellum can keep its trademark battle with a longtime blues singer over the "Lady A" moniker in the state, noting the singer previously used a Tennessee attorney to negotiate with the band.

  • May 13, 2021

    Insurer Freed Of $2M Jewelry Loss To Mobster's Fake J.Lo Vid

    A New York appeals court held on Thursday that Lloyd's of London underwriters do not have to cover a jeweler's loss of $2 million in a plot orchestrated from prison by a Gambino crime family figure posing as a Sony Pictures representative renting the jewelry for a Jennifer Lopez video shoot.

  • May 13, 2021

    Insurer Says It Won't Cover Kobe Bryant Death Suits

    Lawsuits brought by Kobe Bryant's family in connection with the helicopter crash that killed the five-time NBA champion aren't covered by Endurance Assurance Co.'s policy with the flight operator because the policy excludes helicopters, the insurer has said in a complaint filed in California federal court.

  • May 13, 2021

    House OKs Bill To Let Texas Tribes Offer Electronic Bingo

    The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow two federally recognized tribes in Texas to offer electronic bingo after years of wrangling with the state in federal court.

  • May 13, 2021

    Chancery Awards 2.6% Gain To Regal Sale Merger Challengers

    A Delaware Chancery Court stock appraisal suit that has lasted more than three years in a bid to seek a 47% higher price than Regal Entertainment Group's payout to shareholders in its $3.6 billion sale to Cineworld Group PLC in 2018 ended Thursday with a 2.6% upward nudge from the original $23 per-share merger offer.

  • May 13, 2021

    Turner Sports Anchor Fired For Prioritizing Kids, Suit Says

    Former Turner Sports anchor Casey Stern on Wednesday accused the sports network and parent Warner Media of refusing to accommodate him as he cared for his children, who were suffering domestic abuse, and ultimately firing him for prioritizing his family, according to a discrimination suit filed in Georgia federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Mitigating User Content Risk After EU Copyright Directive

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    As the deadline approaches for member states to implement the European Union’s new copyright directive, which will hold certain online content service providers liable for copyright infringement pertaining to user-uploaded content, companies should have risk-mitigation strategies in place, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • 5 Steps For Law Firms Rethinking Flexible Work Post-COVID

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    A flexible work environment will be key to recruiting and retention efforts post-pandemic, so law firms must develop comprehensive policies that solidify expectations and boundaries on accommodations such as flextime, remote work and reduced hours, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • How D&O Coverage Fits Into Diversity Claim Mitigation

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    As companies face a shift in the directors and officers insurance market following a spate of recent shareholder suits over lack of diversity in corporate leadership, executive teams should review D&O policy coverage while implementing diversity initiatives that will effect meaningful, long-term change, say Natasha Romagnoli and Hannah Ahn at Blank Rome.

  • Functionality's Role In Oracle Copyright Ruling Isn't So Novel

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    In its recent Google v. Oracle decision, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly revived the copyright fair use factor concerning functionality, highlighting its significant role, particularly in technological contexts, but this accords with a long-standing minority view, says Andrew Michaels at the University of Houston Law Center.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Enabling Nonsecurity Fractional Ownership Of NFTs

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    Distributed ledger and smart contracts may make fractional ownership of nonfungible tokens possible without the complications of traditional securities sales, and market participants stand to benefit from the associated innovation and efficiencies, say Mack Legal principal Thomas Mack and Google product counsel Richard Widmann.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • New Money Laundering Regs Will Aid Art Market Transparency

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    The privacy and anonymity of art and antiquities transactions can enable criminal activity to go undetected — so recent updates to the Anti-Money Laundering Act covering art market participants are an important step forward, says Andrea Perez at Carrington Coleman.

  • Navigating NFT Brand Management Risks And Rewards

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    When it comes to popular nonfungible tokens and blockchain technology, brand and business owners should take note of broader opportunities lending potential staying power to the NFT market, along with the corresponding risks, particularly with respect to trademark, licensing, anti-counterfeiting and advertising law, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Supreme Court Is Right In Limiting Gov't Agency Authority

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    Although the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in Facebook v. Duguid and AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission limit government agencies' power against robocallers and scam artists, they ultimately protect Americans from the greater threat of government overreach, says Eric Troutman at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

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