Media & Entertainment

  • April 23, 2018

    Prince Estate Sues Walgreens, Hospital For Wrongful Death

    On the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death by accidental opioid overdose, the singer’s family filed a wrongful death suit in Illinois state court against Walgreens and an Illinois hospital that treated Prince for a separate overdose one week earlier.

  • April 23, 2018

    Masseuse Sues Superhero Creator Stan Lee For Assault

    Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and other blockbuster comic book series, was hit with claims of assault and battery in Illinois state court Monday from a massage therapist who said Lee grabbed her foot and rubbed it against his genitals.

  • April 23, 2018

    App Co. Says 'Star Wars' Game Infringes Its Trademark

    A company facing a trademark suit from Lucasfilm over its creation of a game called Sabacc filed a countersuit in California federal court Monday, also naming Denny's and others, saying they are likely to cause confusion by referring to a game of the same name in an advertising campaign for "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

  • April 23, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Cuts Off Attys, Rebukes Witness

    Closing arguments in the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger could come as soon as early next week and for the D.C. federal judge overseeing the case, it appears the end could come none too soon.

  • April 23, 2018

    NBC Wins Bid To Arbitrate $30M 'Housewives' Defamation Suit

    A Florida federal judge has ordered a former business partner of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga to arbitrate her $30 million defamation suit against Gorga, NBC Universal and related parties, saying the woman’s claims are subject to an arbitration provision in her contract with the show’s production company.

  • April 23, 2018

    Weinstein Co. Skirting Film Ownership Issue, Producer Says

    The producers of a film about the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, India, defended their attempt to remove the movie from a list of assets being sold by The Weinstein Co. through its Chapter 11 case, saying the debtor needs to address questions of ownership of a distribution contract.

  • April 23, 2018

    Bill To Revive Congressional Tech Office Likely This Week

    In the wake of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony this month, a group of Democratic legislators is urging the House Appropriations Committee to revive the Office of Technology Assessment, which had advised Congress on new and future technology until its 1995 defunding.

  • April 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tencent, Techcombank, Kazakhtelecom

    Tencent Music is eyeing an initial public offering, Techcombank and its investors are set to reap $922 million in an IPO of its own, and JP Morgan and VTB Capital have been tapped to lead the international offering of Kazakhstan’s largest telecommunications company.

  • April 23, 2018

    Puerto Rico Telecom Can't Save Pay-TV Suit At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shot down a Puerto Rican telecommunications company’s attempt to revive its antitrust suit against a competitor alleging a scheme to keep it out of the pay-TV market, denying its request to hear the case.

  • April 23, 2018

    Tribe Slams SD’s Gambling Amenity Tax Bid In 8th Circ.

    The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe urged the Eighth Circuit on Friday to bar South Dakota from levying use tax on its casino’s amenities, saying the usual presumption against federal preemption did not apply to Native American law.

  • April 23, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Highlights Tech-Telecom Battle Lines

    The raging debate over net neutrality has turned into a polarizing cage match between the nation’s biggest internet service providers and the country’s most popular online platforms, like Facebook and Netflix. But recent revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica captured millions of Facebook users’ data without permission may convince regulators and lawmakers that online platforms deserve a shorter leash than ISPs.

  • April 23, 2018

    Settlement Talks Fold In Card-Shuffling Antitrust Case

    Settlement talks fell though Monday in an antitrust suit alleging a Las Vegas gambling equipment company illegally monopolized the market for electronic card-shuffling machines. 

  • April 23, 2018

    Philly Law Firm Pursues ID Of Negative Glassdoor Poster

    Philadelphia-based Petrelli Previtera Schimmel LLC began a formal quest Friday to identify an anonymous individual who called the law firm’s managing partner an "incompetent sociopath" in an allegedly defamatory post on the employer review site Glassdoor.

  • April 23, 2018

    EU Widens Probe Of Apple's $400M Shazam Deal

    The European Union’s competition watchdog said Monday it will take an in-depth look into Apple’s proposed $400 million acquisition of music-identification app maker Shazam, citing concerns over how Apple might leverage Shazam’s data and software against competitors.

  • April 23, 2018

    MLBers Say Al Jazeera Won't Hand Over Info In Libel Suit

    Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard made another swing for financial records showing how much money Al Jazeera invested in a controversial 2015 documentary accusing them of using performance-enhancing drugs, saying on Friday the documents will help their defamation case by showing the media company's drive for profits outweighed their journalistic ethics.

  • April 23, 2018

    Okla. Tribe Says Casino Row Must Be Heard In Its Court

    The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s attorney general urged an Oklahoma federal court Friday to nix a lawsuit seeking to stop him from suing a woman in tribal court over a gambling casino dispute.

  • April 23, 2018

    Streaming IP Owner Can't Get Review Of Abstractness Finding

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the appeal of the owner of several media streaming patents who argued lower courts jumped the gun when they dismissed an infringement suit against pro sports leagues on the grounds the patents were for abstract ideas.

  • April 23, 2018

    Docufilm Maker Denied Access To Theranos Depo Videos

    Delaware’s Chancery Court on Monday refused to let Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney obtain the videotaped depositions of biotech venture Theranos Inc.’s executives in two now-settled securities suits, saying the videos were never filed with the court and thus cannot be handed over.

  • April 23, 2018

    CTIA Task Force To Tackle Illicit Cellphone Use In Prisons

    CTIA, the wireless industry organization, has agreed to create a task force to address the problem of contraband cellphone use in U.S. prisons, according to a letter to GOP lawmakers from Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai.

  • April 23, 2018

    BuzzFeed Seeks Hague's Help In Billionaire's Libel Suit

    BuzzFeed is trying to get more information from overseas banks about whether its publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump had any effects on the business of a Russian billionaire named in the dossier, according to requests for international judicial assistance sent to The Hague by a Florida federal judge.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • A Closer Look At NCAA's 'Dancing With The Stars' Decision

    Ronald Katz

    Although many people may disagree with the NCAA's decision to permit college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale to participate in the popular television program "Dancing With the Stars," it is consistent with NCAA bylaws — for four reasons, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • The Impact Of Tax Reform On Film, TV And Print Media: Part 2

    Michele Alexander

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has imposed new limitations on a corporation’s ability to take advantage of net operating losses. Certain changes will disproportionately affect media companies, impacting their debt restructuring, acquisition and disposition strategies, say Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis of Bracewell LLP in New York.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.